At the dinner hour Tuesday, customers came and went through the doors of Manny’s Mexican Restaurant as usual, but this time with the knowledge that someone was gone.
Manny Lopez, longtime owner of the iconic West Side restaurant at 207 Southwest Blvd., died Friday at 77.
The restaurant will be closed Wednesday while family and staff attend services. It will open again Thursday for Lopez’s favorite holiday, Cinco de Mayo, the restaurant announced on its Facebook page.
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On Tuesday, most of the diners visiting Manny’s knew Lopez or knew of him. Some had partied with him as youths working in the downtown restaurant industry half a century ago. One man remembered Lopez as his little league football coach in the 1960s, in the Argentine neighborhood.
Services for Lopez will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Agnes Catholic Parish in Roeland Park. He will be buried at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa.