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Historically referred to as the Gray-Guilbeau House, the building is named for James Gray and French consul Francois Guilbeau who bought the house from Gray in 1853. The house saw many owners, including the Henshaw family, and was the last of the private dwellings in La Villita.
The Phelps family purchased the home in December of 1970 as their personal residence. Visitors to the home were enthralled with its historical significance and ambiance. Prompted by this the family voted to share the house with all, and the Fig Tree Restaurant was born.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Phelps opened the Fig Tree Restaurant on March 17, 1971, and operated the the restaurant until 2020 when they were forced to cease operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At which time, Sam Panchevre, the owner of Sam’s Burger Joint, took over the restaurant and is planning to launch the newly revamped Fig Tree in September 2022.
We sincerely hope you enjoy this old home and its surroundings as much as those who have lived and dined here in the past.
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