Coronavirus Texas: Oldest Original Texas Cafe Cafe Texan Closes Due To COVID-19


HUNSTVILLE, Texas (KTRK) – Texas’ oldest cafe, still in its original location, is closing for good due to COVID-19. Cafe Texan was a staple in Huntsville for 83 years. Owner John Strickland told ABC13 he closed when the pandemic started and couldn’t afford to make the repairs needed to reopen.ABC13 featured the restaurant in the ‘cool spaces’ series in 2018, and ABC13 Anchor Emeritus Dave Ward remembers the restaurant well. He grew up in Huntsville as a child in the 1940s. He said he remembered it. like yesterday.

“Many Sundays we would go to Cafe Texan after he preached the gospel for lunch,” Dave said. “My favorite lunch dish was a fried trout fillet with tartar sauce, English peas and mashed potatoes for 75 cents. ”

Dave said he also had his first journalism job outside of coffee. He sold the Houston Chronicle newspaper to restaurant patrons for a nickel a coin.

The owner has now sold the building and the buyer plans to turn the space into a museum and sandwich shop.

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