Crystal Brown

Pulido’s Mexican Restaurant on South Main Street is looking for a new location, but the owner is assuring the community the long-time family businesses is not leaving Weatherford.

Opened in 1974, Pulido’s is believed to be the first Mexican restaurant in Weatherford. When Pedro Pulido passed away he left the property to his son, Rudy Pulido. His other son, Robert Pulido Sr., is the restaurant owner and operator.

Because of a family dispute, Rudy has given his brother notice he must leave the building on Main Street.

Mary Jordan, controller for the Pulido’s restaurants, said they were given notice at the first of November that they had 20 days to move. They applied for an extension and have been able to remain open for business.

“We will not skip a day,” Jordan said. “We just want the community to know this has nothing to do with a money situation. It’s a family dispute.”

Robert said the Weatherford restaurant is doing well and he will do everything he can to provide job security for his employees through the holidays.

“It’s one of those unfortunate situations,” he said. “And it’s the hardest time of the year. We are doing everything possible for our employees, even if we have to relocate them for a little bit. The employees have been loyal and stuck with us through everything.”

Jordan said she believes the extension is for up to 90 days, giving them more time to find a new location. She said they have looked at the former Golden Corral location, but considering it is tied up in litigation, doesn’t believe that is a feasible option.

“We’re sad to have to leave our spot, but you have to do what you have to do,” she said. “We are going to find another location in Weatherford.”

Pulido’s, Mi Hacienda and Café Pulido, all owned by the Pulido family, have 10 locations in the Metroplex. The first Pulido’s was opened in Fort Worth on Pulido Street in 1966.

“We don’t want to leave Weatherford,” Robert said. “Whatever is possible, we are going to do our darnedest to be there.”

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