About a year and a half ago, I received an email from Gabriela Kovacic, owner/manager of Café Lago indicating that she wanted to sell her restaurant. Somehow she managed to keep it going until yesterday. She sends this note:
“So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye.” I opened my first restaurant in 1987 when I was only 27 years old believing that this neighborhood would appreciate a unique flavor and service approach that was not a chain and – – – you did! I’m proud to brag that the culinary palate for the people of the Casa Linda, White Rock, and the East Dallas area is blossoming because of my dedication to this area – before that it was chain, predictable food and look at what is now around us.
Many, many plates, glasses and tables have been filled with a variety of flavors, fun and experiences that made people happy and unfortunately, a few disappointed – such is the nature of this business.
This is a tough, physically demanding job and I am tired, drained, pooped, fatigued etc but excited about what the future will bring me – – – rest, time to read, be with my family – especially my baby sister who could use my help as she journeys through a little more breast cancer. I just may have time to cook for friends and re-direct my life. I assure you that another restaurant is not in my future!