One of Goshen’s longtime beloved cafes is transitioning to another kind of restaurant.

The County Seat Cafe, open since 1984 at 124 W. Jefferson St., closed June 25. After remodeling, it will become Los Primos Mexican Grill.

Fritz Huser opened the County Seat Cafe on Labor Day weekend more than 30 years and her son took over the business in 2008. It was known primarily as a breakfast spot, but her pies were also renowned.

Los Primos serves a range of Mexican food and will have a similar menu at its second location. Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King
Los Primos serves a range of Mexican food and will have a similar menu at its second location.
Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King

Los Primos opened more than 10 years ago at 122 E. Clinton St. The Martin and Marilu Lopez family has put money into the building and built it into one of the go-to spots for Mexican food in Goshen, but with 11 tables, there’s only so much they can do to generate business.

“A lot of times here, especially on weekends and First Fridays, there’s no space,” she said.

They don’t plan to close the original location, but instead open an additional location with a similar menu, but model it after the walk-up and walk-through ordering of a Qdoba or Chipotle, said Martin Jr., the couple’s son.

It may take several months before they can remodel the former cafe into what they need, but after opening they also hope to be able to serve beer and wine, he said.

Tim Huser had taken over his family’s restaurant and tweaked its offerings a bit. The ideas, including Sunday brunch, didn’t always work out.

Tim Huser cooks behind the counter at one of the last days of the County Seat Cafe in Goshen. Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King
Tim Huser cooks behind the counter at one of the last days of the County Seat Cafe in Goshen.
Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King

He was ready to sell. When the Lopez family approached him, he and his sister Stacy agreed to sell and the Lopezes accepted their price. The sale was finalized Friday.

Huser said it’s bittersweet for him to close and sell. He enjoyed cooking but was often up long before most folks to get the grill hot and oil hot by the time the first customers arrived. “A lot of those guys I literally grew up with,” he said of the regulars, some of whom would show up before the sun rose. “Those guys are like my uncles.”

The County Seat Cafe opened in 1984 and closed June 25. Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King
The County Seat Cafe opened in 1984 and closed June 25.
Flavor 574 photo/Marshall V. King

His mother continued baking for the restaurant after Tim took over, but had ongoing back problems and a number of surgeries before retiring fully last year, he said.

Because of the legacy and the customers, Huser said he wouldn’t have sold County Seat for someone else to operate. He may cook in another setting, he said, but for now is going to school for mechanical engineering and taking some time off.

 

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