Virgil Sanchez Sr., who founded, ran the books and made the behind-the-scenes decisions for Goldrush Cafe, died Thursday evening, according to Goldrush’s Facebook page.
For neighbors looking for a welcoming breakfast in the neighborhood, the cafe has offered pancakes, omelettes and coffee at Skillman and Oram since 1980.
Sadly, Goldrush’s regulars will have to find a new place to start their day, as the restaurant is closed until further notice.
The restaurant’s Facebook page announced his passing. The page now hosts hundreds of condolences. “Virgil Sanchez Senior passed away today. He was the patriarch of the Sanchez family and the Goldrush Cafe. He opened the Goldrush for his children, Virgil, Johnny, George, Markie and Lizzy. All of East Dallas benefited from his gift. The Goldrush will be closed til further notice.”
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