People of Melaque – Rosa Ceballos – Albatross Restaurant
“The more I traveled, the more I realized fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.”
Have you ever wondered about someone’s story? Or is it just me and my never-ending curiosity? I finally decided that I was going to feed my curiosity and started to interview the people that rented space in my brain. Perhaps then my mind would be a little quieter!
I am not sure what drew me to Rosa, but there was ‘something.’ From the moment I walked into her restaurant and watched as she worked and greeted other people, I wanted to know more about her than the fact that she owned the Albatross Restaurant in San Patricio. Here is a little bit about Rosa.
Rosa Lazareno Ceballos is a young 72-year-old with kind eyes and a gentle demeanor who welcomes everyone into her restaurant. She is the oldest of 13 children. Her father was one of the founding fathers of San Patricio in 1937. Their family originated in Nazareth, Israel. When her family immigrated, they were given the name of Lazareno which was derived from Nazareth. Her grandfather was Caucasian with blue eyes, her Grandmother was Mexican, but she said only her sister got the white skin and blue eyes!
She remembers her house was right on the square where the taxi stand is now and went to the school on the corner. There were only about 50 houses at that time. It was just a small village.
In 2015, tragedy struck the family. Her brother Exequiel, who owned the Albatross Restaurant was killed in a terrible accident while swimming. He was struck by a boat. It took two days to find him. He called the restaurant and that part of San Patricio his little paradise. He lived life to the fullest. He was one of the first surfers in the area. Rosa, as the eldest was particularly close to him after the loss of their father.
Exequiel left the restaurant to Rosa’s family, her four sons and herself. The younger son, Oscar, works at the restaurant. Two of her sons live in the U.S.
Rosa loves working at the restaurant and has no plans to retire any time soon.
Part of the restaurant’s success is the family and staff that work there. We were there for Christmas Eve and not only had a delicious meal and enjoyed a live band but were thoroughly entertained by the staff who danced and sang. It was one of my favorite evenings.
Update: The restaurant is being renovated including the kitchen which was below ground. I will post pictures when I go back to Mexico and see the new Albatross.
PAINTING OF THE FAMILY AND STAFF AND A PICTURE OF EXEQUIEL
Beautiful story. Love her without even meeting her!
I so enjoyed this Suzanne and the photos are great. This is a super blog you have started.
Loved her story and the photos are great.
She is a very interesting person. The photos are Lionel’s doing.
Wonderful story Suzanne. Makes you feel part of the community and not just a tourist. What a beautiful part of the world!
Thanks Barb. I love Tuscany. So much to see and do.
Thank you for your kind words. Glad you enjoyed the story. She is one special lady.
Nice story. Never knew their background. Didn’t realize their background originated from Israel. Wow. Great pictures. Looks so inviting. Thanks.
Hey hope everything is well,
I’m contacting you to ask if i could tag your link about Albatross restaurant
to our Instagram, Rosa is my grandmother, and to read a short story of her made my heart melt, she is such a beautiful human being, willing to help and greet everyone the same as she would her family.
I want to thank you so much for the kind words towards her.
At this very moment the restaurant is being run by my parents, my father being her son that left the U.S to go back and help Rosa with the business.
Thanks for the kind words, And hope to see you at the restaurant.
So sorry for the late response. I haven’t done a lot with my blog due to Covid etc. Of course you can tag my link. I felt such a connection with her. Yes, you will see me at the restaurant when we return in November.
Hola. I am not sure if you got my answer but of course, you can tag this link on Instagram. Your grandmother is a wonderful person and so inspiring. Yes, you will see me there as soon as we get back and settled.