I love the history of El Paso. The architecture, the people, and even the restaurants are so colorful around here. There are, sadly, a lot of restaurants that have come and gone but they are far from forgotten. Jaxon’s, Ashley’s Gardens, and Bill Parks BBQ are no more but if you want to dive into the history of these restaurants and more then you need to get a copy of a book that uncovers not only the history of these amazing restaurants but explores the stories of the people who owned them and the time that they flourished in El Paso.

The El Paso County Historical Society is behind a new book called Lost Restaurants of El Paso, and the Society will be offering hardback copies of the book at a presale event this weekend. The historic Burges House at 603 W. Yandell will play host to the event on Saturday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


One of my favorite stories is about the Elite Confectionary. It was a sweets shop that was a favorite of Pancho Villa. He reportedly loved to eat what were called ice cream baseballs. I had heard about the Elite for years and years but getting the backstory of the restaurant was such a treat. Even the name is something out of a different era.

Another restaurant who's history is explored is the Hacienda. We all know that the building is still standing but in great disrepair, but do you know how it became a restaurant or the name of the family who built the structure? You can find out if you buy the book. Proceeds from the book goes toward sustaining the El Paso County Historical Society and their work in preserving the history of El Paso.

Lost Restaurants of El Paso would make a great gift for anyone you know who loves El Paso history, the history of our area, and the way that the different ethnicities that have made our area their home have come together in a true melting pot of amazing restaurants.

WHAT: Pre-sale event for Lost Restaurants of El Paso
WHEN: Saturday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Burges House at 603 W. Yandell
COST: $23.80 including tax


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