Fortunately, the minivan had to go through a stucco column and 350-pound life-size mariachi statue before colliding with the restaurant's outer wall.
After watching the video, Lopez said he thinks the sound of the minivan hitting those two things helped warn people inside to get out of the way.
"I think the people were able to hear," he said. "As soon as he hit the column, people moved."
Lopez said he thought the column and statue helped slow the car as it hit the building. That was fortunate, he said, because some diners did not move when the collision occurred, and they ended up being very close to where the minivan came to rest.
"You see some people (in the video) just kind of sit still in a panic," Lopez said. "If the car had kept going it would have done some serious damage - possibly causing fatalities - but thankfully the building stopped it."
Skaff said he helped coordinate getting contractors in to make repairs while Lopez was out of town. He also said he and others worked to keep the business open while making repairs.
"We've kept the store open and running, other than it having an eyesore and a makeshift drive thru window," Skaff said.
He also said he didn't want someone to hurry out and perform a hasty fix that night. Instead, they allowed a contractor to come in the next day and fully gauge what repairs needed to be done.
"We wanted to one make sure it was done properly and wasn't a quick fix, we wanted to make it a long-term fix," Skaff said.
Lopez said his insurance, or the driver's, will likely foot the bill for repairs. He hadn't received the full tally from the contractor as to how much that will total, though.
He also doesn't hold any ill will toward the driver and said he would like to talk to him in the coming days to make sure everything is fine with him.
"He had a bad day," Lopez said. "Poor guy."
Skaff also laughed off the damage to the building, saying the important thing was that no one got hurt.
"If people wanted a drive thru window they should have just told us," he said.
Contact writer Jared Hunt at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.