Katz out of the bag: Here’s some appetizing news for all those mainlanders mourning last month’s closure of Fork & Spoon Coffee Shop, 902 Sixth St. N. in Texas City. Kat Kearns and Shy Leger, owners of the popular ShyKatZ Deli & Bakery on the island’s East End, bought the legendary restaurant, sealing the deal Monday.
The mainland restaurant is expected to reopen by month’s end as ShyKatZ Fork & Spoon. Islanders shouldn’t worry, though. ShyKatZ, 1528 Ave. L, will continue operations. The Texas City transaction merely marks business expansion for Kearns and Leger.
It all happened quickly, Kearns said Monday. As news broke in late July that Fork & Spoon was serving up its last homestyle meal, several people reached out to Kearns and Leger to gauge their interest in opening a restaurant at the site.
Fork & Spoon had long been a fixture and a meeting place for groups and friends and was famous for homestyle meals and pies. The restaurant dated back to the early 1960s, possibly the 1950s. But after the September death of Joseph Radler, who acquired the business in the early 1970s, the family decided last month to close the legendary restaurant with hopes that someone else would buy it.
Kearns and Leger plan to serve items on the ShyKatZ menu. ShyKatZ is known for its “Blue Plate Specials,” serving breakfast all day and for featuring Boars Head meats and cheeses. Leger and Kat use old family recipes. ShyKatZ Fork & Spoon in Texas City will serve breakfast all day, too, Kearns said.
The hours and exact opening date haven’t yet been set. Stay tuned.
Seed of truth?: Just when it appeared we could put a fork in the relentless rumor that casual restaurant chain Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill was planning a location near Tanger Outlets in Texas City, speculation has reheated. A reader is reporting on good authority that Applebee’s plans to break ground on restaurant on a pad site somewhere near the outlet mall, 5884 Interstate 45.
Applebee’s did not immediately respond to inquires Monday. Tanger officials, however, said: “The management team here at the center has not received any information to confirm that Applebee’s will be occupying a pad site.” Stay tuned.
Wok this way: Readers are reporting the imminent opening of Chinese Wok Cafe in the 1100 block of Grand Street in Bacliff. The temporary sign went up last week. More details weren’t immediately available. Stay tuned.
Fit to print: Island businessman Jack Williams has expanded his sign shop to include smaller print jobs such as business cards, invoices, letterhead, brochures, invitations and menus.
Williams’ business, now called I Need A Sign Today and DPI (Digital Print Imaging), has long handled jobs for larger signs. But increasingly, customers had asked Williams to handle small print jobs, so he decided to invest in the equipment, he said. I Need a Sign Today and DPI operates in suites 226 and 228, 1802 Broadway.
Hot tamale: There’s a new snow cone stand on the island. Diana Oliver has opened Tropical Treats, 4117 Ave. S. Along with the snow cones, Tropical Treats serves such snacks as nachos, Frito pies, tamales, menudo and much more.
Coming Thursday: What new retailers have opened in Jamaica Beach and La Marque? Find out that and more in Thursday’s Biz Buzz.