Many of you have wondered what happened to RoMo’s Cafe, the restaurant that Rob Yoas and his wife, Monica, ran at 7627 Culebra Road until a few months ago. The chef sent out an email this week to his friends and customers, updating them on what happened and his plans for the future. Here is his story, in his words:
First, I would like to apologize for the delayed response. I know there are several folks out there that were concerned about the RoMo’s family. However, this whole process required a lot of deep thought and patience to work itself out and it is still ongoing.
Sadly, we have decided to permanently close the NW Culebra location of RoMo’s Café. There are many factors that led to this decision and after much thought it is the right decision for my family and culinary career. We love the community and have many great memories of our time there, but it is time for us to move on.
Of my many multiple personalities I am walking away focusing on one. The one that is completely grateful for the entire experience. Of course sometimes it feels like a combination of the loss of your first love and a good old fashioned butt whooping. Certainly, at times there is the angry one and the bitter one that sometimes whispers questions of why, but the prevailing virtue is one of thanks.
I was so blessed to have the opportunity to do what I love, serving a great community, representing a great city, working with people I appreciate and admire, essentially living my dream. It was a tremendous honor to be people’s favorite place, to be a part of proposals, anniversaries, quinceaneras, Valentine’s, proms, celebrations of all kinds and most of all people’s lives and families.
The lessons learned and experiences everyone involved had, were priceless. We really had some very special times in that little café. Some were challenging, some were flat out ridiculous but the majority of them made for great memories. RoMo’s created a countless amount of new recipes, challenged culinary thinking and processes, created hundreds of people’s best meals of their life, molded culinary careers and so much more … all in less than two years. It was truly amazing and I am blessed to have been at the helm of it all.
I was reluctant to write this because the question of what’s next is still being revealed. I guess it will have to be a surprise. What I can say is you have not tasted my last dish, San Antonio. I am barely getting warmed up. I have plans to stay very involved in the culinary scene and make some major impacts. So stay tuned and continue on this journey with me … it’s a rollercoaster, just enjoy the ride.
I can share a few of my broad goals that will somewhat foreshadow what’s next. Having traveled all over our great country I know a great city when I find one and I love San Antonio … it is home for me and my family. However, the nutritional intel of this city as a whole needs some education and drastic change, as does the majority of the country for that matter. Diabetes, obesity, heart health and overall fitness are major concerns for our city as well as responsibilities of the culinary community. One of the next restaurant concepts I am considering will face that objective head on, and with it I plan on challenging the entire thought process on nutrition while making San Antonio healthier and a bit tastier.
Secondly, I plan to continue to evolve my charity involvement. Personally I find whenever I go through something difficult, helping others always helps me get through it. Over the last month or so I have spent a lot of time with my family, as well as with some of the non-profit programs in our great city. If you have not been involved with them you should, because they are very impressive and making a difference on a daily basis. The Haven for Hope facility is simply amazing, the Food Bank is growing and doing great things, SA Youth is a great program and I can’t wait to see the impact that Rosemary’s Kitchen makes. Those are a few of the programs I like to spend my time with and I am very proud to be involved with. I definitely plan to continue to grow my involvement and try to make a positive impact on our community.
Those are the main two objectives I have at the front of my plate today and other than that I just plan on becoming a better Christian, Husband, Father, Chef and person, in that order. Lastly I just want to share my deep and sincere thanks for all of our friends/customers, family/staff and all of our supporters…we love you! As always, if you ever want any of our recipes just ask!
Walking away I have a great respect for any and everyone involved in the culinary industry, a deep sense of great accomplishment and I find myself a bit wiser and stronger from it all. So, it is farewell to RoMo’s and on to the next challenge!
What is the true measure of a man? Is it his humility in victory, his resolve in a time of loss or merely his will to compete? I know my answer to that question, you will have to figure it out for yourself.
Chef Rob Yoas
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