Barbara Wolfe, who ran Casbeers and Casbeers at the Church with her husband, Steve Silbas, has died at age 53.
Word spread quickly on social media Wednesday, as people began pouring out tributes to her kindness, which won her friends and fans across the city.
“You were a ray of sunshine in the lives of so many,” Laurie A. Velek posted on Facebook. “Your goodness lives on in the souls that you touched in such a loving and positive manner. You didn’t know a stranger. You fought for the downtrodden. You lived, you loved, you laughed and you made this world a much better place to be.”
In both versions of Casbeers, on Blanco Road and on South Alamo, the couple showcased seemingly countless local musicians while providing some great food, including memorable enchiladas and a mighty bean burger. They also hosted a monthly gospel brunch that raised money for local charities and sponsored what began as the Sisters Morales Toys for Tots benefit each Christmas. Now known as the Lisa Morales Toys for Tots Benefit, this year’s event will be Wednesday evening at Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 E. Grayson St., and will be dedicated to Wolfe’s memory. For details, click here.
Casbeers at the Church eventually became the San Antone Cafe, which closed in 2011 because of health problems the couple faced. Wolfe also worked at Big Bob’s Burgers on West Hildebrand. “Barbara was the kindest person I have ever met and she would do anything for anyone,” Bob’s owner, Bob Riddle, wrote in his own post. “Words can not begin to do any justice for her willingness to help, her empathy for everyone and the caring that she had for anyone who needed her help.”
“Thanks for the huge outpouring of love and prayers,” Silbas wrote on Facebook in response to the postings. “This is all so unreal but I know I have lots of lovely people out there to help me through. Words cannot describe how broken my heart is.”