Oldest usual café in Texas shuts down as a consequence of COVID-19 – KTRK-TV
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Oldest usual café in Texas shuts down as a consequence of COVID-19 – KTRK-TV

HUNSTVILLE, Texas (KTRK) — The oldest cafe in Texas, peaceable in its usual space, is closing its doors for merely as a consequence of COVID-19.

Cafe Texan changed into as soon as a staple in Huntsville for eighty three years. Owner John Strickland tells ABC13 he closed when the pandemic began and may perchance perchance no longer come up with the cash for to create the repairs desired to reopen.


ABC13 featured the restaurant within the “cold spaces” assortment in 2018, and ABC13 Anchor Emeritus Dave Ward remembers the restaurant successfully.

He grew up in Huntsville as a child within the Nineteen Forties. He stated he remembers it take care of changed into as soon as the day earlier than presently time.

“Many Sundays we would journey to the Cafe Texan after he had preached the gospel for lunch,” Dave stated. “My current lunch item changed into as soon as fried tenderloin of trout with tartar sauce, English peas and mashed potatoes for 75 cents.”


Dave stated he also had his first job in journalism originate air the cafe. He sold the Houston Fable newspaper to the restaurant’s patrons for a nickel a half.

The owner has now sold the constructing and the purchaser plans to indicate the gap into a museum and sandwich shop.

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August 2, 2020

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