The news spread swiftly through social media late Wednesday afternoon: Tecolote Cafe is closing.

Owners Matt and Katie Adkins posted the news on Facebook at 4:25 p.m. Wednesday, and within 27 minutes, there were 168 “likes,” nearly all teary-eyed, plus 77 comments and 56 shares.

A little later, the Adkins announced Tecolote closed permanently Wednesday and paychecks would be given to employees Thursday.

“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we are announcing our permanent closure,” the Adkins opened their message. “We have been hit with a set of circumstances that are insurmountable, including a serious health diagnosis.”

The Adkins could not be reached for comment.

Tecolote, known for its breakfast basket among other menu offerings, has been a staple on the Santa Fe dining scene for nearly four decades. Katie Adkins’ parents, Bill and Alice Jennison, opened the restaurant in 1980 on Cerrillos Road. It closed in 2014 and reopened two years later at 1616 St. Michael’s Drive in the Village West Shopping Center.

The Adkins added dinner in March 2018 to the breakfast and lunch cafe.

The rest of the Adkins’ Facebook message reads: “For almost 40 years our restaurant has been part of this community, building relationships, feeding people, and giving back. We have watched children grow, relationships bloom, and even felt the pain of loss with the passing of the people that have been a part of us. For some of us here, it has been our life; the customers our family.

“We would like to thank everyone that has been part of us over the years. Without your support, we would have never made it this far. We look forward to seeing you in the community. It has been an honor to feed you.”