Lala's Owners Say Thanks and Good-Bye After 25 Years - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/30/06

Lala's Owners Say Thanks and Good-Bye After 25 Years

After 25 years of dishing up some of downtown Lubbock's hottest meals, the owners of Lala's Mexican Restaurant are calling it quits. NewsChannel 11's Kealey McIntire spoke with the owners and has their story.

The business has been their home away from home for the last 25 years. Lala's owners, Conrado and Orelia "Lala" Cavazos say business was particularly slow throughout the last year and that's why they decided to close for good. The final good-bye party was supposed to take place Friday night, but it was canceled.

Their daughter, Leti, who's helped in the restaurant for 15 years became very sick this weekend. So they decided to close that way they could spend more time with her in the hospital.

However, the Cavazos' have a message for their customers and loyal regulars. "We appreciate everything they did to sacrifice to come downtown and eat and we love them and we're going to miss them very much," said Lala.

Doctors have told the Cavazos' their daughter has a slim chance of survival, right now they ask for your thoughts and prayers.

The next question is what will come of the area of downtown Lubbock. We've learned Lubbock attorney Kevin Glasheen bought the building where Lala's is located, he's also bought the neighboring S & Q and old J.C Penney's buildings.

Glasheen wouldn't grant an on-camera interview, however, he did tell us he has no specific plans yet. Glasheen also says he would like to see parts of downtown renovated, and that apartments would encourage more retail and restaurants to move back to the downtown area.

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