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    David Pipkin stands proudly behind the bar at Cuero’s Eagleford Restaurant, which is set to serve customers for the last time on Oct. 31.

Best restaurant experience

Pipken reflects on fine dining days

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Nearly a half-century in the restaurant business will come to a close at the end of the month for David Pipkin. From his time working at a pizza place when he was only 15, Pipkin made his way to Cuero and started one of the premier dining experiences in the region, Eagleford Restaurant, with much thanks going to George and Kathy Bishop.

The Bishops, customers, and people throughout DeWitt County and this region have made this endeavor the most meaningful for Pipkin.

“It has been, without a doubt, the best restaurant experience I’ve ever had,” he said. “The people have been the most appreciative of what we’ve done, the most accepting of what we’ve done. Having that appreciation makes it all worthwhile.”

The original plan was to retire soon anyway, but with the effects of the coronavirus on restaurant capacity, this was deemed the right time.

Sacrificing nights, weekends, and holidays for the better part of 44 years also stands out to Pipkin. That being said, it was a decision he wanted to make.

“You don’t have a normal existence,” Pipkin said. “You’re working while everybody else is on vacation, and you’re there to service them. That’s a choice that you make. I made that choice a long time ago. There comes a point where you get ready for the next phase. I don’t wanna be the kind of guy that falls down carrying a tray of food out to the dining room.”

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