Screen Shot 2013-02-25 at 6.20.18 PMCafe Lago owner Gabriela Kovacic has announced her retirement and the subsequent closing of her White Rock Lake area restaurant.

Kovacic, who has been in the restaurant biz since 1987, says she is tired and ready to spend some time with her family, including a sister who has cancer, and that she has no plans to ever open another restaurant.

“Restaurant ownership is a tough, physically demanding job,”she writes, “and I am tired, drained, pooped, fatigued … but excited about what the future will bring me—rest, time to read, be with my family, especially my baby sister who could use my help as she journeys through a little more breast cancer. I just may have time to cook for friends and re-direct my life. I assure you that another restaurant is not in my future.”

She expresses deep gratitude to her employees and guests over the years and says she is thrilled with the culinary direction in which this area is headed. Kovacic plans to throw a goodbye party in the spring, she says. If you want on the mailing list, email

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