"The right thing I thought to do in my heart was to at least let them know."
It’s a restaurant tucked off the main strips of St. Mary’s and I-10 in the middle of Dunbar Springs, and it’s possible that its more than 35-year run is coming to an end in 2022.
Restaurant owner, Gracie Soto, who recently took over for her grandmother, Grace Soto, after she passed away in December 2020, announced on Facebook that Anita’s Street Market may be closing its doors next year. The statement was a difficult one to put out, but due to unfortunate circumstances, it ultimately made sense.
Almost immediately, an outpour of love and support followed in the Facebook post’s comments. For Gracie Stoto, the reasoning behind the post was simple. She felt it was the right thing to do — a heads up for the loyal customers that have supported them over the years.
“A lot of our customers are like family,” said Soto. “We see them every day for breakfast and lunch so I’m very grateful for them. The right thing I thought to do in my heart was to at least let them know. I can’t promise that it that we will open next year.”
Soto also shared her respect toward the people who have been helping her since the passing of her grandmother and for providing assistance over the past year. Additionally, she’s got a lot of love for other local business owners that have been giving it their all throughout the pandemic.
“I hope that if anything comes out of this,” said Soto, “I hope that other small business owners are aware and know that they’re not alone. And also, you’ve gotta be wise and pick and choose who’s in your circle — especially when it comes down to the financial part of your business.”
“I know it’s hard right now, but I have faith that hopefully everything will be okay. Hopefully, next year will be a lot better and I will get everything situated.”
Currently, Anita’s Street Market is still open 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, and closed on Sunday and Monday.