The Edloe Café – arguably West University’s oldest business – has closed its doors after nearly four decades of service at 6119 Edloe St., proprietor E.I. Thomas announced Monday.
“It a tough, tough business,” said Thomas, who had operated the cozy, family-friendly eatery for the past six years. He had spruced up its menu and bolstered its off-site presence, operating the Colonial Pool concession for a time and reducing the restaurant hours to expand his catering business.
“In the end, it just wasn’t returning enough from the money and hours we were pouring into it,” said Thomas. He wasn’t prepared to announce his next move, but pre-Edloe, he was a highly regarded local chef.
The café opened in 1977 as a venture of Janet Carter and her sister and became known largely as an indoor-outdoor lunch spot with a beloved menu of Southwestern specialties that were retained right until the end.
West University Essentials/InstantNewsWestU publisher George Boehme bought it in 2008, adding a dinner menu and wine list and after-school window snack service before selling it to Thomas.
Carter still owns the property, and it wasn’t immediately known what the future holds.