Places to Eat

La Kiva: The Heart of Terlingua Culture and Scene of Tragic Murder

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Despite the tragic death of Glenn Felts and the resulting case, La Kiva remains an important part of Terlingua culture. A long-time patron of La Kiva, John Holroyd, bought the restaurant and began renovations almost immediately, eager to both preserve the legacy that Felts left behind and create a new place for the citizens of Brewster County to kick back and relax. Patrons enter through a giant wooden door into the underground restaurant. The structure was supposedly used by Pueblo Indians for religious purposes long before Felts’ uncle built onto it and turned it into the La Kiva we’ve come to know today. The amphitheater mimics both in sound and appearance a cavern, and the menu is simplistic and delicious. Holroyd spent his time on renovations well; La Kiva continues to be the heart of Terlingua despite its troubled past, and its continuing existence honors the passing of Glenn Felts perhaps better than anything else ever could.

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