Self-Walbrick: 20-year-old Lubbock businesses see change

Server and lead trainer Kristen Bain takes an order at Caprock Cafe in 2016. (Mark Rogers/A-J Media)

A lot has changed in Lubbock in the past 20 years. I’m admittedly too young to remember much of our city in the 1990s, but I do have plenty of memories of driving down 34th Street from my house to my Granny’s.

 

The recently renovated street looks new, but most businesses have been there for years. One of them is hitting a milestone, another is closing its doors.

CapRock Cafe

CapRock Cafe is celebrating 20 years of business.

The 3405 34th St. location opened in 1997 when Panama Hattie’s closed. The 5217 82nd St., Suite 109, location opened in 2008. Caprock is owned by restaurant board members Loyd and Karen Turner, David Cea and Jerol Fanta. The group also owns the 52-year-old Orlando’s Italian Restaurant.

On a personal note, CapRock Cafe is one of the few restaurants worth a trip to the big city for my dad, who lives in Levelland. It’s where my parents had their first date, ate lunch on their wedding day and where we celebrated my college graduation with a prickly pear margarita, on the rocks.

Mr. Aquarium

After 21 years of business, Mr. Aquarium at 2523 34th St. is closing.

The aquarium supply store announced the closing on its Facebook page. A liquidation sale began Sept. 4, with no clear closing date announced.

“This was a very tough decision,” reads a follow-up Facebook post. “We’ve had a number of inquiries over the last 24 hours from folks interested in the different aspects of the store — aquariums, store fixtures, other aspects of the business … and even buying the store itself!”

The post stated the business appreciated the outpour of support. Kyle Howard is the owner Mr. Aquarium.

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