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Adolph's closes after 91 years of operation

  • After 91 years of operation, Adolphs closed its doors. The location was purchased in 1930 by Adolph Mazurek Sr. By 1976, his son, Adolph Jr., was running the location, taking away the grocery aspect and focusing on it being a restaurant and bar with his w
    After 91 years of operation, Adolphs closed its doors. The location was purchased in 1930 by Adolph Mazurek Sr. By 1976, his son, Adolph Jr., was running the location, taking away the grocery aspect and focusing on it being a restaurant and bar with his w

“If you want to go to a place where it looks like time has stopped and you love the 70s and the early 80s, this is the place,” reads an online view of Adolph’s Store and Restaurant. “The place just brought back a little bit of nostalgia when I was a kid.”

With the location just two minutes west of the PR 37 and Hwy 1283 intersection closing as of December 2021, a new layer of nostalgia of days gone by will now be associated with the location, which was purchased in 1930 by Adolph Mazurek Sr.

Family members say selling the location is a tad complicated because their house is connected to the store, which spent its later days as a restaurant, bar and grocery store.

When Mazurek originally bought the location, it was a fishing-related store selling minnows worms and snacks for people heading to Medina Lake. Mazurek took the location and expanded its offerings.

“He sold everything you needed," said Mazurek’s daughter, Rose Ann Fry. “Later in the years, my dad added a grocery store and meat market. He butchered his own cows.”

Additionally, the store offered deer storage for hunters, lumber, ice, pipes, lead, gas, asphalt and even drilled wells for customers in the Medina Lake area.

“You name it, he had it,” said Rose Ann.

In 1950, Mazurek remodeled the store, and ten years later added a restaurant, which served steaks and hamburgers during dances held Saturdays. The location kept that layout until it closed its doors last year.

Mazurek passed away in 1965. By 1976, his son, Adolph Jr., was running the location, taking away the grocery aspect and focusing on it being a restaurant and bar with his wife, Rena.

In 2021, Adolph Jr. retired after 45 years of running the store, and the location shut its doors. Although no longer open, the location now stands as a testament to memories from days gone by.

"They sold the coldest beer and best enchiladas and burgers," recalled Lakehills resident Kerrye Church, who also reminisced about enjoying her spring break there as a teenager in the 70s.

Adolph Jr. and his extended family extend their gratitude to all their customers who gave the location business for nearly a century.