CALEXICO — "Hollie's Lounge" is coming back to town.
On Wednesday morning, Pablo "Pablito" Vasquez signed over the lease to his Imperial Avenue restaurant and lounge, Pablitos of the Desert, to Angel Zhen, one of Calexico's Chinese ambassadors and a local resident.
Zhen is owner of Brawley's Friendship Restaurant.
Zhen plans to renovate the former Pablito's site and open a Friendship Restaurant there on March 1.
Hildy Carrillo-Rivera, executive director of the Calexico Chamber of Commerce, said Zhen decided to name the hotel's lounge "Hollie's Lounge" to spark memories for generations of Calexicans who visited the Imperial Avenue watering hole started by Dale Holloway decades ago.
Holloway's son, Mark, a manager at Sam Ellis Department Store in Calexico, said, "It's an honor that they would remember him after all these years."