CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Nuevo Cafe was passed down to 26-year-old Annabelle Dura after her father passed away in 2019. She said it was hard learning the restaurant industry.
"I don't have any restaurant background, I have business and marketing background, so it was such a long stressful process to learn the restaurant industry," she said.
Dura says that the restaurant started to flourish, but then the pandemic hit.
"Truthfully, the amount of energy and time and focus that it takes to come back from something like that, I just didn't have it in me," she said.
There was some confusion Thursday morning after it was posted to social media that another well known restaurant would be selling the cafe's iconic poblano soup.
KRIS 6 went to speak to the owner of Price's Chef, and we were able to clarify that the soup they are selling is different than the famous poblano soup at Nuevo Cafe.
"The poblano soup is what made Nuevo Cafe famous, god bless their souls, the legend has to continue again," said Luis Guerrero, owner of Price's Chef.
The soup from Price's Chef won't be the original recipe from Nuevo Cafe, but a Price's Chef version of the soup. They will start selling their version in honor of the Corpus Christi staple.
The owner of Nuevo Cafe tells us their poblano soup recipe remains under lock and key, and anyone who knows the recipe is under a non-disclosure agreement that will keep it safe.
However, the recipe, along with other recipes, the restaurant and cafe name are currently for sale.
Corpus Christi's Nuevo Cafe announced on their Facebook page on Tuesday that they have permanently closed their doors.
The restaurant thanked their customers, staff and artists who contributed to the cafe's atmosphere.
"Today we share heart-breaking news...
We permanently closed our doors yesterday 2/28/22.
Thank you to all of our amazing customers who supported us over the years.
Thank you to all of our staff who made Nuevo Cafe a warm, friendly place to come enjoy the most delicious food.
Thank you to all of our artists who shared their work with us over the years and inspired so much creativity.
We love you and we will miss you.
It's time for a new chapter to begin.
The Nuevo Cafe Family
P.S. If you are an artist who had art hanging on our walls, you will be contacted this week to arrange a pick-up time. If you don't receive a call by Friday, please send us a message."
The cafe was known for their popular poblano soup. In 2020, it was voted as favorite soup in the 12th annual Souper Bowl competition.