Family Photos Courtesy: Josie Pena
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s also a drive-thru and outdoor patio at this Pearland location. Owner Raymond Pena says the family is opening a second and larger Donut Heaven and Grill that seats 70 people in June 2016 near Beltway 8 and Pearland Parkway. For the menu and more information, go to http://www.penasdonutheaven.com
Pena’s Donut Heaven and Grill serves donuts, kolaches, breakfast tacos and southern comfort food with a Tex-Mex flavor and love. The popular upscale neighborhood restaurant is located at the end of strip shopping center at 11601 Shadow Creek Parkway off Highway 288 in Pearland, Texas.
“Our family was poor. Our father studied with Lykes Steamship company where he began as a mess man on the ship and became the head cook and baker. My mom’s father was head chef at all of Galveston Island’s finest restaurants at Hill’s and Gaido’s way back in the days of the Balinese Room. These were the hay days! So our family has been studying the restaurant business for centuries, ” said Josie Pena, the oldest of 10 children in the Pena family. The youngest was 6 years old.
The Penas called Galveston Island their hometown. It’s where their great grandmother, grandmother and mothers also were born.
“We are so native that we have earned our family following beginning with our parents,” said Josie Pena. She says Josephine, her mother, worked at the 5 and Dime. Candelario Pena, her father, was a suave merchant marine. Josephine and Candelario Pena met on Galveston Island.
“The early 70’s skyrocketed….The older girls encouraged their mother to take over their jobs at the Texas City Shipley Donuts while we all pursued over ventures. She managed that shop for 10 years and earned enough money to get her family to the next level. She moved the family to the Sagemont area in 1976 and the rest is history! She became the most famous first franchise owner for 20 years. Her own Shipley Donut Shop franchise!” Josie Pena said.
“Our Mom and family via Shipley Donuts became very popular and famous in the Sagemont community as it grew. 21 years later, my brother #6 was born,” Josie Pena said.
Now Raymond Pena and his wife, Debbie are carrying on the famous family donut business with a loyal following of customers from the Sagemont area due to his parents’ hard work and struggles.
“It is in our blood to make delicious food and bakery items and to honor family. ” Josie Pena said. “We’re just a hardworking family to make people happy.”