Our story is a family adventure…
It began with our grandfather’s family who were all in the grocery business. Then the depression came and our grandfather did what he could to make a living. Then in 1942 he got back into the grocery business. He bought a neighborhood grocery that was closed at the time. It was on the corner of Avenue J and Park Street, in San Angelo, Texas in the building that is now known as Mr. T’s. His son Greg joined him in the business after WW2. He died in 1959 leaving the business to his son. Greg was a butcher and grocery man who started preparing a few food items to sell in the grocery. This in turn led him to put in a deli in the early 1960’s.
A friend then asked him if he could cater for a small group – the Yacht Club. This led Greg to eventually close the grocery and make the business half deli and half a banquet room, known as the 4 Lamps. Greg’s middle son, Randy, soon joined the business. To this point, Greg’s wife, Marie, hasn’t been mentioned. Since she is pretty much the backbone of this, it should be stated that Marie did quite a bit of cooking and other odd jobs through those changing times.
The business then made a big move in 1977. McGowen Catering moved from that location, to the Rio Concho Manor. Their youngest son, Kelly, joined the business soon after. Greg and Marie both moved into the Rio Concho Manor in 1984. Greg retired and left the business to his sons, a few years later. Greg passed in 1998 and Marie still lives in the Rio Concho Manor, where her sons can keep an eye on her.
It has truly been an adventure for our family.