A dear friend of King William has died. Mary Trevino passed away February 13 at age 102. As a tribute to this remarkable lady, we are repeating excerpts from an interview with her ten years ago when she was only 92:
Mary Trevino’s bright smile has greeted guests at El Mirador for more than 35 years. At 92 years of age, she still works the register, cooks the soup and sauces and fills in wherever she is needed around the restaurant.
Mary’s son Julian and his wife Diana moved to King William in the late 1960’s, and that’s when Mary and her husband Julian, Sr. began visiting the neighborhood. “When our first granddaughter, Jessica, was born,” Mary said, “we couldn’t stay away.”
There was a small restaurant in the building next door to the present El Mirador, a pleasant place where the Trevinos ate occasionally. It had three booths, one table and a few stools at the counter. Julian happened to notice one day that the little restaurant was for rent. Mary got on the telephone right away to her sister-in-law and a friend and said, ”You want to go into the restaurant business with us?”
The first thing they both said was, “Who’s going to do the cooking? You can’t cook! I can’t cook! None of us knows how to cook!”
“We don’t need to know,” Mary told them. “The restaurant already has a cook.” So they pooled their resources and were soon in business, but the cook proved to be temperamental. “About a month after we opened, the cook suddenly took off,” Mary said. “I had no choice. I had to learn to cook in a hurry, taste and make changes until I got it right.” She evidently ‘got it right’ because the business soon began to prosper.