When you step inside Milano TMs restaurant in Weslaco, you're exactly where the Milano family grew up.
Lisa Ramon Milano's grandparents moved to Weslaco from Chicago in 1944 along with their children including Lino Milano.
"He went to Weslaco High School and worked as a post man. He knew everyone's name and address," said Lisa. The family was looking to profit in the citrus industry, but when that froze up they turned to their Italian roots to find success.
"They started to sell pizza out of the house and we started serving to the public." Lino is Lisa's father and the man most people in Hidalgo County know as the friendly hard working man who owned and operated Milano TMs restaurant, an Italian eatery with touches of the old country and the original kitchen where Mr. Milano cooked up his family meals for paying customers.
My father would go around and greet all the people in the restaurant and make sure their dining experience was the best. In the past 2 years he wasn't able to get around to table, but he would sit in front and ring the bell so the people could get their table. The restaurant sits empty on this day and will continue as such at least until Friday because the beloved owner Lino passed away Sunday at the age of 84. He was not only a successful businessman in this community, but the apple of his children's eyes.
Everybody knew him and loved him and I TMm so proud to say he was my dad. The kitchen is quiet, Lino Milano's memory will forever be a staple at Milano's Restaurant in Weslaco.
"We are going to keep the business going, in fact, we TMre on the 4th generation here and my dad would want that. It was his dream.
Services include a rosary at 7pm Tuesday at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Weslaco.
A funeral mass is set for 10am Wednesday at the same church with burial following at Highland Memorial Cemetery in Weslaco.