San Antonio bodega owner returns after open-heart surgery

In a post with a picture of Luke looking brighter and healthier, he says he’s feeling much better but still isn’t fully recovered after his open-heart surgery.

“I’m still not 100% and won’t be for a while, but I’m getting there,” Luke says in the post.

Luke announced that he had been diagnosed with heart disease at the end of June, where he and his wife Lisa, who is also a co-owner, decided to close the store for a few days. When it reopened in July, the store was operated by Lisa and Jefferson Bodega employees on a limited schedule to allow him time to help Luke recover.

Luke says he received an outpouring of kind words, cards, letters, gifts, prayers and “good vibes”.

“Your comments and messages have literally put me through the worst,” he says in the post. “And it’s all of you who inspire me to come back and do even more.”

Jefferson Bodega on San Antonio’s West Side specializes in rare and unusual treats, like these iced coffees displayed in front of Jefferson Bodega owner Luke Horgan’s old skateboard.

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He also thanked his wife Lisa, “…my rock, my ride-or-die, my L2, my partner in everything.”

Now you can head to Jefferson Bodega to get your hands on new releases, snacks, and limited-edition drinks Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The store will be closed from Monday until Wednesday.

Find it: 1005 Donaldson Ave, San Antonio, TX 78288