is a large restaurant
and department store
chain located in Mexico
and in El Salvador
The retail company was founded in Mexico City
on June 19, 1903 by California
immigrants Walter and Frank Sanborn, who also opened Mexico's first soda fountain
. The original location and its lunch counter, across from the main Mexico City post office (Palacio de Correos
) is still in operation.
During the Mexican Revolution
, troops of Emiliano Zapata
used a Sanborns branch located at where the Libreria Madero
is today, as a rendezvous point and gathering place. Extant photos show Zapatista
soldiers enjoying their first restaurant meal at Sanborns' lunch counter. Thus the Sanborns slogan Meet me at Sanborns
In 1919, Walter Sanborn, tired of Mexico's political turmoil, returned to the US and left the management of the company to his brother Frank.
Matter in fact, the trade mark of the franchise, the tree owls, represent Mr. Frank Sanborns and his sons, Francis and Jonathan. Sometime, the official name of the company was "Sanborn´s Hermanos" (Sanborn´s Brothers), when Mr. Frank passed away.
Also in 1919, Sanborns acquired its most famous branch location, the 16th century House of Tiles, the Casa de los Azulejos
, a major Mexico City tourist attraction and national monument. This is probably the world's only pharmacy decorated with a mural
by José Clemente Orozco
In 1946, Frank Sanborn sold his interest in Sanborns to... Read More