Campus-area favorite and late-night haunt Players will close its doors Monday at midnight after 33 years of business.
Owners and University of Texas alumni Carlos Oliveira and Eddie Hempe posted a farewell message on the restaurant’s website thanking all of its loyal customers and staff.
“We would like to acknowledge everybody nearby, all the State employees, Capitol employees and politicians, all the late night musicians and service industry people, everybody at the Frank Erwin Center, the Bullock Texas State History and Blanton Museums and all our fellow small businesses and all the neighborhood folks in the surrounding area. We can’t forget about our most resilient regulars who come every Friday night to drink pitchers of Shiner Bock and Live Oak in the beer garden,” the note reads.
“Thanks to our helpful and tenderhearted staff for all their hard work. Tip of the hat to Ralph Rangel, our night manager. He’s our most polished, seasoned veteran and we appreciate his patience and true diligence over the past 27 years. It takes a certain skill set to handle the rowdy, late night bar patrons whom Ralph takes care of with ease and grace. Big thank you to the Jimenez brothers who take care of business, day in and day out. They are the familiar faces you see during the day who were the glue that held everything together during those crazy lunch and dinner rushes. Everybody who has been part of the Players workforce deserves credit.”
Read the full note here, and then stop by before midnight Monday for one last cheeseburger or order of mozzarella sticks.