Cotton Patch Cafe was founded in 1989 in Nacogdoches, Texas, by Larry Marshall and Mike Patranella. The company operates a chain of Tex-Mex food restaurants, mainly in Texas and New Mexico. As of 2015, the company had 45 restaurants in 3 states.
In February of 2016, Altamont Capital Partners acquired the successful chain of restaurants. At this time, there are no plans to change the name or to change the current executives.
Cotton Patch Cafe was designed to offer made from scratch cooking to local communities. The company still uses many of the same recipes and meals which they began with in 1989. Many locations, especially the first few, were decorated by the owners wives, who used items they bought at thrift stores and county fairs, in order to give each location an “at home” feeling.