EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — On Wednesday morning, Maynard Haddad could be seen sitting in front of H&H Car Wash and Coffee Shop like he always does. However, Wednesday was different, as the coffee shop is set to close on Thursday after 63 years.
When KTSM 9 News asked Haddad why he’s closing, he replied, “there comes a time and the time is now” adding that he plans to spend more time with his wife.
H&H Car Wash and Coffee Shop opened back in 1958 and was closed over the past year. Only the restaurant was open.
“We held it open as long as we could, loyalty to our employees but you look at it and it’s time. But we kept this open which I’m grateful but now this is time,” said Maynard Haddad.
On Wednesday, regulars and first-timers stopped by to get a chance to eat and see Haddad before the shop closes for good.
“We’ve done everything there is to do, had a great run all kinds of great people, and the end,” said Haddad.
Long-time customer Chris Johnson stopped by on Wednesday.
“I did not realize that they were closing. Only when I got here did I hear and it’s kind of sad because they’ve been an El Paso Institution for a long time,” said Johnson.
While others heard the news about the shop closing and stopped by for the first time ever.
“Drinking lots of coffee, bought a mug because Maynard said he’s going to be selling everything,” said Anjanette Medrano a first-time customer.
Haddad says the last day the restaurant will be serving customers is Thursday until 1:30 p.m.