The iconic Cafe Texan in Huntsville is closing its doors after 83 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s a real tragedy that we had to close it down,” Cafe Texan owner John Strickland told the Huntsville Item. “When I closed up because of COVID-19, I had not intended to close it permanently.”
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The long-time staple was a destination for locals and visitors and held the title of Texas’ oldest cafe to be in the same location without closing – until now, said the Huntsville Item.
For the safety of his customers, the majority being senior citizens, Strickland chose to remain closed over the past five months with every intent to open again at the right time, according to the newspaper.
Over the years, the cafe has had several owners, but for the past 20 years, Strickland has called the cafe home and “the melting pot of Huntsville,” said the newspaper.
“When I bought it in 1996, our greatest generation of WWII vets were in their 70’s, so I saw most of Huntsville’s greatest generation pass away,” said Strickland to the newspaper.
It’s been heartbreaking for many that grew up coming to the restaurant as they shared memories on the cafe’s Facebook page.
Janie Hartnett Farris said-“I grew up eating there. My friends and I would bicycle to the Texas on Saturday and get a coke and piece of pie. I would sign “Janie” to the ticket and my dad would pay it on Monday when he went in for coffee. Sweet memories!!”
According to the Huntsville Item, Strickland sold the building to a buyer who has plans of turning the space into a downtown museum.
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