Lufkin eatery shutting its doors after half-century of service

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - William Minshew is making some of his last sandwich orders in his restaurant.

"It's real nostalgic for me," said W. Minshew, co-owner of Thompson's Deli and Grill.
Thompson's Deli and Grill is closing after more than 50 years of serving up all-American favorites. Customers, like Angela Black, are stopping by the Ellis Avenue eatery to enjoy one more taste.

"We thought we would come here today for one last burger," said Black.

A new building owner has plans for the space that don't include Thompson's.

"Redo the building, he wants to do a lot of renovations. He also wants to, from what we understand, put a party room here," said W. Minshew.

Minshew and his wife, Kathy, have kept the eatery going for the last 2 years, serving up smiles with every bite.

"It's worth a drive, no matter really where you're at to come and have. They have good service and very good food," said Black.

The restaurant will turn on its open sign one last time on Friday before closing their doors for good. It's a place many Lufkinites say they'll miss.

"Thompson's Grill is like an icon in this town, you know. Everybody, you just never expect something like that to disappear," said Black.

The Minshew's thought they were investing in the future when they took over, spending 27-thousand dollars in renovations. Their plan was to one day turn the eatery over to their two grand kids.

"Our initial goal was to give them a place to work after school because that teaches a lot to kids," said K. Minshew.

However, without their lease being renewed, the Minshew's say they will move on to other business opportunities.

"It's not sour grapes," said W. Minshew.

Kathy Minshew says she'll never forget the people who stopped in.

"Friendships I've made, money couldn't buy it anyway," said K. Minshew.

The restaurant will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

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