Greeson: Long goodbye for Longhorn's Willie Kimble

Susan Danner, Longhorn co-owner, and longtime employee Willie Kimble at the restaurant where Kimble worked for 41 years. Thursday is his last day.

There will be smiles on Thursday at The Longhorn Restaurant.

That's not news. The great neighborhood diner, which has for decades served up breakfast and lunch, is used to smiles.

This Thursday, though, there also will be tears.

This Thursday, Charlie and Susan Danner, who own the Longhorn with partner Henry Smith, will bid adios to Willie Kimble.

photo Jay Greeson

For those who know the Longhorn - and the Danners - this is news. Big news.

Willie, an Orange Grove graduate, celebrated his 41st year at the Longhorn this spring - his mother worked at the Longhorn back then and helped him get the job - and now Willie's hanging it up. He's retiring, heading to Virginia to live with his sister.