Casa Lupita Seattle 1982 Vintage Men’s T-Shirt




It’s hard to imagine a city like Seattle not having a Mexican restaurant, but as of the early ’70s, that was still the case. Casa Lupita changed that when it opened its doors in 1971 next to the airfield, five miles south of downtown. After experiencing the best Mexican food they had ever had in a small truck stop restaurant in rural Texas, two business partners made the proprietor, Guadalupe ‘Lupita’ Alvarez Darst, an offer she couldn’t refuse. The deal would have Lupita running a brand-new restaurant in Seattle, the use of her name, and of course, her secret family recipes. The original Casa Lupita was a rousing success, and was quickly proven to be undersized. The small original location was eventually closed in favor of two larger restaurants — one on Eastlake Ave. and the other on East Marginal Way. Sadly, Lupita only got an initial glimpse at her restaurant’s success, as she passed away just ten days after the grand opening. In 1982, Casa Lupita was purchased by a national steakhouse chain with plans to expand into the Midwest, Southeast and Florida, but the chain failed to capture the magic of the original, and eventually failed.


Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tees, one of the softest, best-wearing t-shirts available today, via state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it comfortable and flattering for both men and women.

  • 100% combed and ring-spun cotton*
  • Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
  • 30 single
  • Tear-away label
  • Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
  • Side-seamed
  • Retail fit
  • Runs true to size


Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.

Width 18 20 22.01 24.02 25.99 28
Length 28 29.02 30 31.03 32.01 33
Sleeves 8.9 9.18 9.45 9.73 10 10.4

All sizes are provided in inches!

*Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% polyester. Athletic and Black Heather is 90% combed and ring-spun cotton/10% polyester. Ash color is 99% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 1% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.

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