Fort Worth’s 97-year-old The Original Mexican Eats Café lease extended


Bar at the Original (Lucy Puente/TCU360)

By Lucy Puente, Staff Writer

The Original Mexican Eats Café, Fort Worth’s oldest restaurant, was granted a 3-month extension to its lease following negotiations with their landlord.

Initially set to close its doors on March 31, the extension will keep it open until at least June 30, according to general manager Tammy Holt.

Holt has a long-standing experience with The Original, as she is going into her 25th year as an employee.

“We are very thankful for the extension. Tell all your TCU friends to come see us on Camp Bowie,” said Holt.

The Original Mexican Eats Café (Lucy Puente/ TCU360)

Signature dishes include President Franklin D Roosevelt’s Special. The dish was inspired by his visit to the restaurant with his son Elliot in 1936. Enchiladas, tacos, carne asada, flautas, tamales, and quesadillas are just some of the Tex-Mex favorites on the menu.

The Original is currently the oldest restaurant in Fort Worth, located at 4713 Camp Bowie Boulevard. If they move, Joe T. Garcia’s take the title of Fort Worth’s oldest restaurant.