TYLER, Texas — A beloved Tyler eatery will close its doors after nearly 50 years in business.

According to the owners, the Honey Tree will close for good at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 31.

"Mrs. [Evelyn] Harvey is retiring and is looking forward to her time to relax," the cafe said. "After three generations of Honey Tree, we are so grateful for the support from our amazing health minded and food loving community. Richard Harvey, would be proud of the legacy his wife, his daughter, and granddaughter kept going for over 13 years. Thank you for your love and support during this transition! We have enjoyed every moment!"

HISTORY

Honey Tree has been a health food store staple in East Texas since 1971. Richard and Evelyn Harvey, along with wonderful friends started this modest vitamin shop with health as the primary focus. After three locations, they finally built their own store and "snack bar" on Shelley Drive. The restaurant started to expand and there was a need for a more in-depth menu and healthy baked goods. In the summer of 2015, 30 years after relocating, their granddaughter, Chef Evelyn Lott, remodeled the store with updates and a full menu, along with a bakery, more unique-up to date supplements, and whole health life style products.

The Honey Tree is asking patrons to stop by and say "goodbye" to the wonderful women who have kept this Tyler staple alive.