A property that has sat vacant for decades is expected to be cleared soon to make way for a new development in the heart of the city.

Edinburg natives Eulalio Jasso and Apolonia Jasso opened Jasso’s Tortilla & Bakery on the North Closner Boulevard property in 1945, sending tortillas across the Rio Grande Valley and Corpus Christi until it closed in 1996.

Homer Jasso Sr., grandson of Eulalio Jasso and Apolonia Jasso, recently repurchased the land and will be opening his own restaurant there, Don Pepe’s Express restaurant.

The building was built in 1925 as a car dealership.

The old Jasso tortilla factory building in downtown Edinburg dates back to 1925. (Delcia Lopez | dlopez@themonitor.com)
A close-up view of the architectural details of the building which was originally built for a car dealership. (Delcia Lopez | dlopez@themonitor.com)
The building which housed the Jasso tortilla factory and bakery for decades has sat empty since the late 1990s. (Delcia Lopez | dlopez@themonitor.com)
The building which housed the Jasso tortilla factory and bakery for decades has sat empty since the late 1990s. (Delcia Lopez | dlopez@themonitor.com)