HALE CENTER, TX (KCBD) - Regulars at Owl's Café are normally greeted by peals of laughter and knowing glances.
"The majority that walk through that door, I know what they're going to eat and what they're going to drink," waitress Gloria Olvera said. "I really do know my customers, and they really do know me."
Olvera has been a waitress at the restaurant for twelve years and has mastered the art of making her customers feel comfortable.
"I talk to them," Olvera said. "I try to make them laugh and when I see some of my customers put their feet up, then I realize, 'Okay. Now they feel relaxed and at home.'"
Owl's Café is nestled right in the heart of downtown and has been a staple in Hale Center for almost 20 years. Olvera says many eating places have come and gone in the town, but only hers has managed to withstand the test of time.
She says the restaurant's brand of service keeps familiar faces in its seats and brings new ones through its door.
Richard Pyeatt and his wife stopped by the restaurant for lunch on their way back to Choctaw, OK.
"It's nice," Pyeatt said. "The friendliness and the nature here of the town – it's a blessing right now."
Olvera says she strives to leave this exact impression in each of her customers.
"We have our good days, bad days, but we're like family, to be honest with you."