MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) – Mario’s Spanish Inn cafe in Midland is completely closing its doorways following extra than 50 a long time in small business.
George Enriquez and his daughter Eva Plummer have been jogging Mario’s Spanish Inn with each other for several yrs.
Right after George was diagnosed with mind cancer past month, the choice to shut the restaurant was hard, but spouse and children arrives very first.
George Enriquez has been a component of Mario’s Spanish Inn due to the fact it 1st opened far more than fifty percent a century ago.
To start with as a waiter and then many decades later on as the owner
“My father loves folks. That’s sort of rubbed off on all of us. Persons would go back there and discuss to him. Shoppers that are 3 generations and they just like speaking to my father. Dad would get the time to stop, even during the lunch hurry,” said operator Eva Plummer.
Virtually ten many years back, Enriquez and his wife created the selection to move the restaurant on to their daughter, Eva.
“They handed it about to me, even while they are nevertheless the boss,” mentioned Plummer.
The prepare was for everybody to retire from Mario’s up coming year.
Plummer says her father was counting down the times to retirement…
But just one fateful day in might improved these ideas.
“He got to the emergency space. They right away took him in. By the future day they instructed us that he had a tumor in his brain,” claimed Plummer.
Enriquez was identified with stage 4 glioblastoma…a pretty aggressive and fast-rising kind of mind most cancers.
“His outlook is 100 p.c, we can do this and we’re heading to get by this even if it’s not for very long,” reported Plummer.
In get to treatment for Enriquez, the choice was produced to shut Mario’s Spanish Inn permanently.
Plummer declared the determination on Facebook earlier this week and hundreds of individuals shared recollections and perfectly wishes in the comments.
“Even from individuals I hadn’t viewed in 15, 20 decades that utilized to occur below, that moved away. My father remembers every one of them. We ended up amazed and thankful for the feelings and the prayers,” reported Plummer.
Almost every family members member has worked at Mario’s for the duration of some time in their lives and many a relatives accumulating was held there.
So, it is not just closing the doors on a beloved Midland cafe, but stating goodbye to piece of household history.
“It’s tricky closing the restaurant. Just by coming here right now when it’s shut, it feels like i’m about to open up the doors any minute for men and women to wander in,” explained Plummer.
Plummer states that in the long term, Mario’s Spanish Inn may perhaps be bought to shell out for her father’s clinical expenditures.
But for now, she’s centered on caring for him and using on the upcoming stage of lifetime.
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