It's a bittersweet feeling for both the customers and employees as the first Mexican restaurant in Brownwood closes its doors.
The Gomez restaurant is a family-run business that has been open and operating in Brownwood since 1958. After 55 years, restaurant matriarch Sarah Gomez, who will turn 90 years old in November, said she decided to close the restaurant because it was time for her to rest. Although her five kids and four family generations have all worked at the Gomez restaurant, no one is set to take over the family business. This past Sunday was their last day of serving customers.
"I was making myself strong but all my people who walked in here yesterday were crying on my shoulder. They were going to miss this place and they were going to miss me. They all call me Grandma," Sarah said.
Sarah's granddaughter, Patricia Boisse, credits much of the restaurants success to her grandmother and role model. "I believe that her wisdom, knowledge and faith is what brought the community and our family together."
Sarah's daughter-in-law, Angie Gomez, described Sarah as a "very hard-working lady and a noble spirit." She also added, "My mother-in-law is compassionate, understanding, saintly in character, liberal in spirit and vigorous in mind."
Customers in and out of Brownwood said they were disheartened by the recent closure. Some even said they were trying to save leftovers from Gomez's for as long as they could.
Family members said they truly appreciate the customers' support and business all of these years and they look forward to relaxing now that they're no longer working.