Top 10 of 2015: #9 El Paso Says Goodbye After 70 Years
ST. JOSEPH - We continue our countdown of the Top 10 local news stories of 2015 with a look back at our #9 story of the year.
A longstanding bar and grill in St. Joseph closed its doors in late September after 70 years in the community.
El Paso became well known for its fish frys and volleyball leagues but Carole and Tasha Tamm say they’ll always remember it as one big family.
“We were always very happy to have on holidays-police officers or customers who didn’t have a place to go, we would invite them in for supper. They were always welcome here.”
After 50 years with the business, Owner Carole Tamm says she’s ready to spend more time relaxing with her family and volunteering. She adds that she’ll never forget the weddings and special occasions that were held in the building.
“We have numerous thank you cards on how much they appreciated it. I think that was the most rewarding thing for me, that I helped make their wedding a success and that they were so happy.”
A Kwik Trip gas station will be moving into the area. St. Joseph made the announcement official in October.
Both Carole and Tasha say it's sad to see the building go, but are ultimately excited for a Kwik Trip to move in. Carole is grateful for her family all helping at the business at some point in time and looks forward to retirement.
“I’ll still be here in St. Joe, I look forward to keeping active in the community. I just don’t know what it’s like to have Friday’s and Saturday’s off.”
Coming up on Monday, we'll reveal out #8 local news story in 2015.