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Restaurant Once at Risk of Closing is Now Expanding Business

Cattle Baron Cafe was at the brink of shutting their doors at the beginning of the year when social media and the community came to the rescue.
Cattle Baron Cafe was at the brink of shutting their doors at the beginning of the year when social media and the community came to the rescue.

The central Abilene restaurant first opened their doors July 2012. Business started off really well, according to co-owner Jeff Minnick.

"Eventually the fair came, school started and the weather conditions made everything crash," Minnick said. "We couldn't catch up."

A friend of the owner posted a status on Facebook letting people know of the news. Eventually, it became viral and people flocked in and helped the business stay open.

"It really is a blessing in disguise," says Minnick. "A lot of time and effort have been put in this place."

Minnick first started as a consultant but several months after the Facebook post, he joined Eddie Harrison as a co-owner. So far, business is steadily growing. Both men decided two months ago to expand the restaurant by buying out the bar next door and calling it Legends Room.

"Business is looking good, but the place is small and we need a larger space," Minnick adds.

According to Minnick, the bar owner of Touch of Class has been wanting to sell the business and was looking to retire. They will use the space for private parties such as wedding rehearsals and receptions.

"We've been wanting to expand and with our theme, it was a perfect fit." says Minnick.

The owners have renovated the place but kept the saloon-feel. Works from Texas artists fill the walls and pieces that describe the Lone Star state are seen throughout the room. Crews will finish the final touches Thursday for a private party that will hold 75 people.


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