Local restaurant owner remembered

Owner of Tootie's Texas Barbeque has died

Cathedral City - A candlelight vigil was held Tuesday night for a longtime Cathedral City business leader who died of cancer.

Eileen Smith, owner of Tootie's Texas Barbeque, died early today at age 51.

Smith was a lifelong Coachella Valley resident and a business owner for 31 years. She led fellow business owners in forming the Perez Road Business District and was recently featured on the Food Network's ``Restaurant Impossible'' show. She was hospitalized shortly before the Tootie's segment aired, Mallotto said.
"Eileen was a bright light in the community, and a dedicated resident and business community supporter. She was the Pied Piper of the Perez Road Business District,'' Mallotto said.

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