The restaurant, which has been serving customers for over 30 years, is on the market. But McKinney has had to erect a large “Open” sign in front of the building in an attempt to convince potential patrons that the establishment isn’t closed.
“Just because it’s for sale doesn’t mean it’s closed,” said McKinney, who has owned the restaurant along with her husband, Steve, for four years. “When we bought this business, we said we’d do it for about five years. We know a business of this type sometimes takes two or three years to sell. So after four years, we decided we’d better get moving. When we bought the restaurant, it had been on the market for over two years.”
The restaurant regularly employs 11 people.
“Our heart’s desire is that it stays a restaurant,” McKinney said. “But somebody may want to make this a retail space, oilfield office, or something else.”
The Empresario has not served dinner since the McKinneys purchased the restaurant in 2008.
“That just wasn’t something we wanted to do,” McKinney said.
“If someone would buy this restaurant and open it in the evening, they would make a tremendous living.”
McKinney said she has not received any offers yet.
“We’ve had some lookers,” McKinney said.