How It Started
Mary and Remzi Imeri moved from Italy to New York in the 1970s. After moving to Waco, Texas in 1996, Mary quickly noticed that there weren’t many Italian dining options. As the descendent of multiple generations of family-owned and operated restaurants, Mary decided to pursue her dream of continuing the family tradition and opened Baris that same year.
Not only was it an instant hit, but Baris has continued to maintain consecutive food awards across the board for its pasta, pizza, and familial Italian atmosphere. Known to many as “Mama Baris,” Mary treated customers and strangers alike as family. She was the heart of Baris and her love and passion for the restaurant and community was one of many reasons why Baris is where everyone feels at home.