Ms.Crystal is a Baltimore native and the youngest of the clan. The true mastermind behind Ruben’s from operations to marketing. Currently in elementary school and aspires to be a CEO. She is the youngest of the Ramirez-Cortes siblings and her motto is “kill baby shark.”
How it all Started....
Ruben’s Mexican Food all started with a man’s dream for a better life. Ruben Sr. came to the U.S. in search for better opportunities. He found himself working at a bakery, where he learned to make crepes. This led to him opening a stand at the farmer’s market under the 83 bridge, where he used his heritage and experience with crepes to create a menu with a French/Mexican blend.
After his business grew at local farmer’s markets, he opened his own restaurant at 1043 S Charles St. Sadly, there was a flood that caused electrical issues that were too expensive to repair, causing him to close the restaurant.
Ruben Jr. and his business partner and cousin, Jonathan had worked with Ruben Sr. at the farmer’s markets and the restaurant on S Charles St, so when they saw the restaurant at 1043 S Charles St. for lease, they wanted to continue what Ruben Sr. had started and reopen Ruben’s Mexican Food.
They reopened the business in the fall of 2017 and have been bringing joy to the community ever since.
The man behind the camera. Sean has been part of the family since 2018. Ruben and Sean met through a GrubHub photoshoot. During this first photoshoot they connected through being Baltimore natives and sharing a love for food. The connection continued through their work ethic and the continuous support for local shops in Baltimore. Ruben fell in love with Sean's style of work so much that he calls it “Sean Magic.”