Lucy's on the Square owner

Decked out with antique Texas décor and situated in a century-old brick building in downtown Celina is Lucy's on the Square, a café that's a staple to the North Texas town.

Owner Moises Casillas, who acquired the business in 2013 with his brother-in- law, says Lucy's has been a Celina cornerstone for years now.

"Families come here, friends, people from the city of Celina come to have meetings at the restaurant, it's a gathering place," he said over the phone in an interview with Check Out DFW.

Lucy's is well known for its grandma-style cooking and homemade pies, which recipes have improved over the years, according to Casillas who described the restaurant as a place with homey vibes where you can enjoy a slice of pie with coffee, breakfast on the weekends, lunch and dinner daily, or have a drink at the bar while experiencing authentic Texan hospitality.

When asked what differentiates Lucy's from other eateries, Casillas said it's "the feel that you are home."

"I train the serving staff to not be like the other chains or places," he said. "Don't introduce themselves like cookie-cutter behavior. I want them to be themselves, I want them to be the Texan that they are and treat people being humble, honest and make them feel welcomed."

Which he believes is what keeps people coming back.

"I have many people that came for the first time and after a few weeks they come back bringing their family from another state to try to make them feel what Texas is," he said.

Casillas, who's originally from Spain, says he's learned a lot about Texas thanks to Lucy's and explains that it was pure luck that he ended up purchasing the restaurant and is able to make a living from it. 

"Celina is in the middle of everything right now, Celina is trending and we are lucky," Casillas said.

 

Samara is a bilingual multimedia journalist with over six years of experience in radio, TV, digital, soccer media/event operations, and social media content creation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and a Spanish minor from Texas Southern.