John Zentner: An indomitable will and a mischievous smile. Craggy features and piercing eyes.
A restless son of a Black Forest immigrant butcher who moved from place to place. In 1918, John cooked for the army. In 1920, he started cooking hamburgers in his father’s meat market.
In 1946, he opened the Lowake Inn in the small community just south of Rowena. Over the years he moved several times opening some of the greatest Steak Houses in Texas and his reputation for great food at a great price spread across the West Texas area and beyond. People traveled hundreds of miles to enjoy his food and hospitality.
In 1974, his daughter Betty opened John Zentner's Daughter in San Angelo. John was there to make sure the same great steaks and hospitality were there for the folks. John made his final move in (1899-1994).
But the sizzle and the charm that I have created a legend continue as Betty and her family make sure the "Zentner Tradition" continues. Enjoy your visit with the legendary Zentner family. And y’all come back soon.