About Linda's La Cantina
On St. Patrick's Day 1947, a German man named Rudolph Seng
bought a small Italian restaurant on a largely undeveloped East
Colonial Drive. His passion for cooking would make him very
popular for years to come. Two years later Al Seng moved to
Orlando to work along side his dad. Al built on a meat locker,
brought in beef on the hook and started the "craft" that remains
today. Two men who were jewelers "watch makers by trade" had a
vision and a drive to make a difference in the food industry.
1972 Rudy died and Al and Linda together purchased Rudy and
Edie's La Cantina from Edie and renamed it Al and Linda's La
Cantina. Not many years later Linda convinced Al that a new,
bigger restaurant was desperately needed before customers fell
onto Colonial from the house wine they would drink while waiting
to eat. Although customers were not happy to see their beloved
La Cantina leveled, the new restaurant was a huge success.
the early eighties Al and Linda had a parting from marital
bliss and Linda at the insistence of Al took over the business,
even though rumors had said otherwise. Through the next several
years some family members left, while others came, and the one
constant was the traditions that had been passed down and were
still treasured and protected by the ones that cared enough to
stay the course.
late December 1994, tragedy struck, in the fierce shape of a fire
that roared through the building and exploded 35 feet into the cold
night air. In what seemed like an immeasurable undertaking, the
family vowed to rebuild the restaurant and started almost before the
embers had turned to ash. During the six months it took to rebuild,
the family got the news from the Orlando sentinel of all places that
Al had died of a heart attack in Indiana. In June of 1995 La Cantina
reopened and customers came by droves as they always had, standing
behind "their" steakhouse. Life was back to normal.
In 2001 Linda retired to the shock of family and all that had
seen her behind the desk , then watching from the bar for years.
Although missed greatly, it was good to know that she was
enjoying her golden years doing things she never had time to.Her
dedication to the customers and to her family made her a
matriarch in the truest sense.
La Cantina celebrated 60 years in March of 2007, and we were so
glad to see so many generations of raving fans come to help us
pay tribute to all who have come before us. The men and women of
La Cantina past, who cared enough to keep the faith in trying
times and revel in the accomplishments of their hard work, when
times were grand.
To all the customers, that on a grand scale have
stood beside us for decades with steadfast loyalty, you are
" La Cantina" and we thank you.
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