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Community supporting a restaurant struggling to stay open

By Kristen Pope, Reporter, kpope@ktxs.com
Published On: Jan 07 2013 10:29:04 PM CST
ABILENE, TX -

The Abilene community is rallying around a local business, trying to keep their doors open.

The owners of Cattle Baron Cafe were ready to call it quits until a social media campaign to draw customers spread like wildfire.

This humble restaurant was in danger of shutting down, and laying off their staff of 25 people.  On Monday tables were filled with hungry customers ordering food. 

The owners have depleted most of their funding and they said that most people have never heard of the restaurant.

They reached out to some friends and fellow small business owners desperate to find an alternative to closing.

A couple of Facebook posts from loyal supporters is helping save this burger hut.

"The response has been very overwhelming," said Cattle Baron co-owner Douglas Brown. "We're able to commit to staying open for at least another week and if we continue to have business like we have today we should be able to just keep our doors open."

One loyal customer is here for this very reason.

Tonya Castillo said she came, "To support our local businesses. Help them keep going. Stay in town. Stay in Abilene."

The restaurant has only been open since June. Initially the owners planned to stay open for only another seven days, but they told us that it may be longer.