Tejas Cafe & Bar closes after 17 years
Sept. 27, 2010 at 4:27 a.m.
Tejas Cafe & Bar's parking lot was empty Monday, while the outdoor sign boasted something not typically on the menu.
"Equipment for sale," it read.
The restaurant closed down Sept. 18, after 17 years in business at 2902 N. Navarro St.
The close came after the site's landlord, Sam Cattan, sold the building, said Bryan Horadam, who owned the restaurant for three years.
Although Horadam said he knew the sale had been a possibility for a while, he said it's still difficult to say goodbye to his business.
"I've enjoyed every minute of it and the great community of Victoria," he said, explaining he must be completely out of the building by Oct. 8. "There are a lot of memories and we had a lot of fun every day."
Linda and Jeffery Chen, who co-own the Dragon Palace restaurant, purchased the building and plan to turn it into a second location, Linda Chen said. The new site, an Asian buffet, won't likely open for six months or so.
The couple chose the site because it is convenient for people who work downtown, Chen explained.
"It's not too far if they want some Chinese food," she said.
The deal simply fell into place, Cattan said.
Horadam's lease would soon be up and he didn't plan to extend it, but Dragon Palace showed interest in the site.
"We had a buyer, so we decided, at my age, we might as well accept it," Cattan said.
The restaurant site remains close to his heart, however, since his family operated Cattan's Food Market for at least 30 years from that same location.
"We opened up in '75," he said. "We built the building."
As for Horadam, he's still tying up loose ends.
The restaurant's furniture, equipment and fixtures are all for sale, he said, and he's hoping to find operations work with another restaurant soon.
For now, however, he's just playing it by ear.
"At this point, I don't really know what I'm going to do," Horadam said. "I'm not sure what happens now."