Spanish Village, an iconic Tex-Mex restaurant that has been operating on Almeda Road for nearly 70 years, will close March 31, according to an announcement made by restaurant officials in January.

Spanish Village closed during the coronavirus pandemic in July 2021, but reopened soon after under new owner Steven Rogers. Rogers now hopes to carry the eatery through its 70th anniversary in March, after which he said he plans to start a new restaurant.

Details on the next project will come at a later date, according to a press release, but Rogers said the legacy of Spanish Village will carry on at the new eatery.

Spanish Village, which opened in 1953 under the Medina family, was known for its traditional menu and margaritas, made with a recipe that had been passed down for generations.

“There’s absolutely no arguing the impact Spanish Village has had on the Third Ward. The Medina family built something incredible, and I have been honored to be able to continue that,”

Rogers said in a statement. “Despite the restaurant closing, it’s important to me and to the community to honor that legacy.”

In 2022, Rogers announced his role in the development of the neighboring 8,000-square-foot property as well. As part of the process, he engaged the company Localist to gather input from residents on what the space should be used for, according to the release.

Spanish Village will remain open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tue.-Sat. through March 31. The eatery is located at 4720 Almeda Road, Houston.