The original building in the 1940’s

Submitted by: Sylvia strauss-kolb


My husband, John Kolb, was a native Tucsonan,, having been born at the Stork’s Nest. When he was a boy in the 1940’s, his family’s favourite restaurant was the original El Charro. Carlotta Flores’s aunt was the cashier. John remembered her as a rather large woman who commanded an elevated seat in the front of the restaurant. He was afraid of her. To that end, his parents always insisted that John pay her at the end of a meal. John grew to love this woman.

He relayed this story to me one evening at the Sunrise El Charro restaurant. Unbeknownst to us, Carlotta Flores was enjoying a visit with a friend. She was seated with her back to us. She turned around and thanked John for his story. They shared memories of her aunt.

When my beloved husband died, I knew the only place that was worthy of a post-memorial service get-together for family and friends was at this very El charro location. We filled the back room and of course unsurprisingly our meal and service were both impeccable.

Thank you for allowing me to share this memory.

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