La Kiva opens and hosts a wedding

La Kiva opened after a fourteen month long refurbishing.  The sale of La Kiva triggered  a number of things.  A totally new sanitation system, new restrooms and a new kitchen.  While the bar is now open and working the kitchen needs some finishing off.  It will be a few more weeks before we can provide great food to everyone.

The delay with the kitchen is that we have been unable to get anyone to travel to Terlingua to install our vent hoods.  It’s as though when you looked up Terlingua on the map it was one of those very old maps that said things like “Here be dragons.”  and then following it up with drawings of fearsome sea creatures.  Help is at hand though and I think I have found someone who can do the job.  Fingers crossed.

The bar opened on Monday the 12th of October and it has been an eventful week.  The usual crop of opening problems.  Who does what and when do they do it?  We should have a system for that and where do we order Tonic Water from?  Really, it was not bad.  The staff have all been great and have put in many extra hours to try and get things done in a timely manner.  Overall, I am very satisfied.  We got great comments from almost everyone who visited.  Sure, there were a couple who bemoaned the fact that it “was not the same”.  That is part of the problem.  It could never re-open as it was.  If it did we would be immediately closed down because we are not grandfathered.  That and the fact that it lay empty and unattended for six months meant that the infrastructure degraded even further making major repairs necessary.  Thank you all for the encouragement and support.  It means a great deal to know that the vast majority of you like what we did and are encouraging us to keep on improving La Kiva.  I think we are satisfied with the interior so once we have the kitchen sorted out we can refurbish the cave room.  After that we will work on the patio and the stage area.  Lots still to do so we won’t get bored anytime soon.

This week was marked by appearances of Al Barlow and friends on Tuesday night, The Bartons with guest Jack Plat on Thursday night, the Doodlin Hogwallops on Friday night and Alex and Marti Whitmore on Saturday night.  It’s nice to hear music in La Kiva again.

Next week La Kiva will be restarting the 17 year tradition of Wednesday night open mic.. The open mic night this week will be hosted by Mike Casper “Dr. Fun” and will run from 8:00 PM to 10:30.  We would love to see you there.

La Kiva is planning bringing back Karaoke on Tuesday nights. Watch for more information on this in the next few days.

To end the first week of operation for La Kiva there was a wedding. Carmen Gonzales, the manager of El Conquistadore, a restaurant in Waco, Texas was married to Wayne Mays, a brick mason also of Waco in a quiet and touching ceremony on the patio of La Kiva in Terlingua, Texas. The ceremony was performed by Jeff Haislip who went on to entertain the guests with his music.  Wow.  What a great way to end our first week and all our best wishes to the young couple.



8 thoughts on “La Kiva opens and hosts a wedding”

  1. John, Thank You for the Grand Tour and showing Liz and I the kitchen and your plans. You are going all out. I am looking forward to dinning there in the future.
    Let me know what you think about my Black Peacock BBQ Sauce.
    Jon P

  2. I saw the story of murder of Scott yesterday. It’s been a couple years since we were there. I’m glad you’ve opened back up. It’s a jewel of a place. I always felt at home there. Even if I had to hear how many years since someone seen snow.

    1. Thanks Mark. The previous owner was Glenn. Don’t let them fool you, they get snow here. It’s not as much as in the northern tier of states but they do get it most winters. The HUGE advantage of snow here is that it doesn’t last long. I was in Midland when they got 14 inches overnight. By lunchtime all the roads were clear and dry. It’s easier than shoveling!! Looking forward to seeing you next time you pass this way.


  3. I have a friend who has visited your bar an a couple of occasions and I would like to get him a reminder – do you have La Kiva T- shirts for sale?



    1. No. At this time we do not. The vendor moved out of Alpine leaving no forwarding address and taking all the artwork with him so I am having to recreate everything. Sorry.

  4. We have a group of 5 taking a motorcyle trip to Big Bend and will be passing through Terlingua on Thursday 3/30. Are you open on Thursdays? If so, what are your hours? Thanks!

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