EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — The owner of Juarez’s world-famous Kentucky Club has died, according to posts by relatives on social media.
Sergio Macedonio Peña Acosta, 71, died on Thursday of natural causes, his son Sergio Peña Jr. posted.
“A sad and painful chapter of my life closes today here on earth. […] saying goodbye to my father who has joined God’s glory,” Peña Jr. posted.
Sources close to the family tell Border Report that Peña’s son said his father died of COVID-19.
The Kentucky Club has been a Juarez fixture since 1920 and is widely credited as the birthplace of the margarita, a drink made of tequila and lime juice. Located a few blocks south of the Paso del Norte port of entry into the United States, the Kentucky Club has been often visited by Hollywood celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe and Steve McQueen, whose photos hang on the walls.
The bar has been closed during the past few months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Border Report reached out to the Peña family and is awaiting a response.