NPR talks about landmark closings in border towns

NPR’s All Things Considered had a story about the demise of border cantinas.

Sadly, it also talked about Nuevo Laredo’s Cadillac Bar.

For one bar, it’s already too late.

A sign taped to the door of the famed Cadillac Bar, which opened in Nuevo Laredo in 1926, says it is “temporarily closed” as of Aug. 1. Nuevo Laredo — across from Laredo, Texas — has experienced a new spasm of violence between the Zetas gang and the Gulf cartel. A few months ago, someone tossed a hand grenade into the U.S. consulate.A parking lot attendant on the corner says he’ll be surprised if the Cadillac reopens.”There’s no future now,” he says.

The whole segment is below (or in the link above):

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6 Responses to NPR talks about landmark closings in border towns

  1. MaryHelen says:

    Would that be considered the heartbeat of the town, the local cantina? If that is the case, wrap it up, box it up, close it up — the immediate future of the town is doomed. Unless, these mini-museums of times past can reopen in another place, such as in Laredo, Del Rio, or El Paso.

  2. Sylvia says:

    The Cadillac Bar was not a cantina…It was a restaurant with a bar. The food was wonderful, the atmosphere great. On my first date with my soon-to-be husband, he took me to The Cadillac Bar…That was 1961! Happy memories surround that old place. Sylvia

  3. texasartist says:

    it should be very bad when even the bars close

  4. rick78 says:

    In Kema ,Texas there is a mini Coney Island board walk by Galveston Bay a Cadillac Bar was opened there but it does not have the same aura and nostalgia as the N.Laredo original .

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