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Siesta Restaurant To Close

Siesta Restaurant

You’ve heard it said, “all good things must come to an end”. But that doesn’t make it any better. An icon in Victoria dining, Siesta Restaurant is calling it quits after 56 years of serving fabulous food.

Patrick Medrano greeted the Siesta Restaurant staff with a smile as he walked to his table, placing his order before even sitting down. There was no need for a menu because he practically knew it by heart. Medrano told the Victoria Advocate, “We’re here at least once a week,” he said as his wife, Sylvia Medrano, took a seat. “We like it here.” The Medranos will soon find themselves making new arrangements, though. After 56 years in business, the restaurant will close its doors Wednesday.

The decision wasn’t an easy one, said Bobby Trevino, whose family has owned the establishment from the start. Still, he said, it was time. Times changed, he said, and competition grew. When restaurant owner and co-founder Beatrice Trevino developed Alzheimer’s disease several years ago, that was another push toward closure. “I think we’re about burnt out,” Bobby Trevino said through tears. “We’ve come to a fork in the road and a decision had to be made. But I feel we’ve had a long run in Victoria.”

Federico and Beatrice Trevino began their endeavor in 1956, when they opened New Mecca at the corner of Water and Bridge streets. They relocated multiple times through the years, changing the name first to the Siesta Cafe and, in 1977, to Siesta Restaurant, when the eatery opened at its 2505 Houston Highway location.

Randy Vivian, president and CEO of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, said he understood why the business chose to close, but said it was still sad. “They’re going to be missed,” he said. Vivian said Siesta became a community icon through the years.

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