Highland Park Cafeteria owner Jeff Snoyer announced Monday that the Casa Linda Plaza eatery would not be reopening after shutting its doors in March because of the coronavirus. Through more than 100 comments on social media, neighbors made it clear they were devastated by the closure. We scoured our platforms for the best comments as people shared their memories of the business, which operated for 95 years.

My 13-year-old daughter played the piano here a few times and begged me to go every single Sunday. She cried when I told her. What a true gem and a huge loss for the community.

— Audria Gayle

So sad. Have enjoyed many wonderful meals at the Highland Park Cafeteria at a number of different locations over the years. Even as a child, we would make the trek over from the Grove to eat at the Highland Park Cafeteria. Later on, some of us from work would drive from downtown to eat lunch there too! When it moved to North Dallas, then Casa Linda, we dutifully followed. Many good times, many great meals and good memories. I know everything must change, but hate losing this great Dallas institution.

— Virginia Stuart

Great memories and meals! 28 years ago, they made the most delicious chocolate cake covered in strawberries for our wedding.

— Mary Weaver Quigley

I love this place…my family and I spent many, many good conversations, laughter and sometimes tears here. I’m going to miss this place so much ..thank you for all the memories ….

— Maria Del Carmen Montes

I am so sad. Great food and great staff. I loved everything. My favorite is the zucchini muffins, which are part of my fond memories of eating there. I feel sorry for all the seniors who have eaten there for many years. Best cafeteria I ever went to.

— Karen Harris Saffle


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