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By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian-Beacon—
LOCKNEY – February 1 is a day for celebrating for Silvia Guerrero and her husband, Rene. On that day back in 1990 the couple started an adventure that is still going strong today.
Silvia was raised in Lockney and was one of five children born to Thomas and Eudelia Rendon. She had two sisters, Rebecca Rendon of Lockney and Juanita Martinez of Lubbock and two brothers, Robert Rendon of Lockney and Armando Rendon of Euless, Texas.
Lockney is where she met and married the love of her life, Rene. The couple have three children, two daughters, Andrea Jones of Lockney and Leticia Williams of Ft. Worth and one son, Rene Guerrero of Lubbock. They also have five grandchildren.
Silvia recalls the 13 years she spent as a girl scout leader when her girls were growing up. “We even took a trip to Paris, we made memories that I still cherish today.” The couple raised the three kids in Lockney. “There was no other choice than to raise my family right here in Lockney,” said Silvia. “Lockney is the best place to raise a family.”
While I sat at a table covered with a red and white checkered tablecloth, listening as Silvia tell me about her life, I was taken back to my youth. I remember going to Tastee Burger with my mom. What s special memory.
Tastee Burger was originally owned by Silvia’s two aunts, Rosie Rendon and Elosia Rendon. “Tastee Burger was located on 8th Street at the time, and I remember the very first day they opened the doors. I was there working for them,” said Silvia. The two owners worked hard to keep Tasty Burger going and five years later the two decided to move on in different directions.
Silvia and Rene talked it over and decided that they wanted to keep Tastee Burger going. The building was owned by Mr. Pinner, so they bought all the equipment. “I come from a long line of cooks, my aunts who owned this place, my mother, my grandmother. It just seems to be what the Lord had in store for me from the beginning,” said Guerrero. “My aunt, Elosia, went on to open Lisa’s restaurant and Rosie had another job working for the State.”
“For the first couple of years, it was hard. You know you sink everything you have plus some into your business to make it a go. But I didn’t give up and here I am 30 years later. It just goes to show you if you have the faith and you work hard, you can do everything you dream of,” said Guerrero. “I want everyone to know how very grateful I am for your business, and I couldn’t have done this with each one of ya’ll. I’ll forever be grateful.”
When I asked Guerrero, what was the secret to keep customers coming back, she said, “Oh that’s easy, we only make the meals that my family would eat and having a wonderful staff that helps me to achieve this. Rosa Ruiz has been with me for 15 years, Deelisa Vasquez is another very hard-working employee and of course my part time help, LHS student, Anahi Ascencio.”
Tastee Burger is open to serve you lunch, Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They reopen for dinner at 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Friday. Specials are offered on Tuesday and Thursday’s and on Valentine’s Day they always have a special on their signature burger, the “Sweetheart Burger” meal deal.
As she and I finished up talking about the article, we were talking about her grandkids and my son being friends. She was telling how much she loved living in Lockney growing up. I noticed how Silvia’s face would light up when she talked about her children. She told me that her son, Rene, who lives in Lubbock, recently was recognized with a heroic award.
While on the job he saved a man’s life. Rene was working on the job in Hobbs, New Mexico, when he noticed a co-worker having a heart attack. He knew if they called for an ambulance it may have taken longer than they had because they were in a very remote location. Rene wasted no time getting the co-worker to the hospital.
The community of Lockney turned out to celebrate 30 years of great food and wonderful service. Silvia said, “Here’s to the first 30 years and we look forward to the next.”