Notorious Cattle Rustler Lassos Family Mexican Food Joint


SAN ANGELO, TX – The beloved Mendez Cafe, a staple in the San Angelo community for 13 years, faces a challenging chapter as its former owners reveal a distressing tale of deception and loss. The restaurant, known for its authentic Mexican cuisine, has been at the heart of a confusing situation involving a man named Dusty Thompson, who has recently come under scrutiny again.

According to the former owners of Mendez Cafe, 3415 S. Chadbourne St., who recently shared their story via Facebook, they have been forced to sever ties with their cherished establishment. The building, which was on the brink of demolition, saw a glimmer of hope when Dusty Thompson stepped in to purchase the equipment and fund the remodeling out of his own pocket. This act initially appeared as a saving grace for the building and possibly the business.

However, the situation took a dark turn. The former owners allege that Thompson, who has a felony conviction in 2019 for cattle rustling, betrayed their trust. They claim that he not only stole from them but is also attempting to capitalize on their hard-earned reputation. Thompson is accused of keeping the Mendez Cafe name on the building and misleading customers into believing that the original cafe is merely closed for remodeling.

Efforts to communicate and resolve these issues with Thompson have been met with silence, leaving the original owners disheartened and distraught. They expressed their heartbreak over the situation, emphasizing that Mendez Cafe will never be the same without their involvement. Despite the deep emotional and financial toll, they remain resilient, vowing to rebuild and make a comeback.

The community has been reacting with shock and support for the original owners of Mendez Cafe. Regular customers and supporters have taken to social media to express their solidarity with the family that poured their hearts into the business for over a decade.

As the situation unfolds, questions about legal implications and the future of the building under Thompson's control remain. The original owners, meanwhile, are focusing on their promise to return, starting from scratch but with the same dedication and passion that made Mendez Cafe a beloved spot in San Angelo.

Over text, Thompson denied the allegations. 

"If you would like to come by the restaurant and interview the old Mendez staff they are here at least you could get there side I found that post rather funny I don’t even own a restaurant but thanks for reaching out  thank you," Thompson texted.

Thompson Appeal Denied

Thompson Appeal Denied

Cattle Thief Dusty Thompson Leaves Courthouse.  (San Angelo Live! Archive Photo)

Cattle Thief Dusty Thompson Leaves Courthouse.  (San Angelo Live! Archive Photo)

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