A long-time Topeka restaurant served up its last meals Friday night.
Rosa's Mexican Restaurant operated for 22 years at 2025 SE California. Owners Ric and Marta Barron announced May 16 that they'd be closing, and decided to stay open one more week in order to give customers a chance to say goodbye. Both said Friday it meant a lot to them to see the support from customers over the past week.
Elizabeth and John Grubb drove three hours from Council Bluffs, Iowa Friday just to get their last taste of Rosa's. Elizabeth said they've grown to love the friendly atmosphere the Barrons have created.
"We'll miss it 100-percent," she said.
Marta Barron said it was "awesome" to feel the love from generations of families. Ric Barron said no one could have asked for better customers.
The Barrons says food and gas prices and competition all factored in their decision to close the restaurant. The building is up for sale, but the Rosa's name and recipes are not. The couple will continue to operate Rosa's Atrium Cafe, inside the Carlson Federal Building in downtown Topeka. They'll also continue to cater events.
As for what else the future might hold, Marta says she doesn't know for sure. She says they'll take some time to rest, then see what comes their way.