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.

Biz Buzz

Laura Elder is a reporter for The Daily News. Biz Buzz appears Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email your tips and suggestions to laura.elder@galvnews.com.

(12) comments

Melissa Tortorici

Awesome news about new ownership at the Fork & Spoon!

DonnieB

Hey Laura, any idea when the Jinya Ramen Noodle Bar will open? I was trying to think of something new to go to, and remembered about this being built. I thought it would have been open by now, as such for the El Tiempo Cantina. Thanks!

lauraelder
Laura Elder

Hi Donnie,
It was supposed to open in July. I'll check into it and let you know. El Tiempo is still a couple of months away at least.

lauraelder
Laura Elder

Hi Donnie,
I realized I wrote this on July 22:
Remember when ramen noodles were the food of broke college students? The noodle is getting a new image and trendy ramen shops are opening up all across the nation, with the nearest one to the county soon to open. Look for a possible Aug. 11 debut of Jinya Ramen Bar franchise, 18299 Egret Bay Blvd., in Webster.
Jim Wang, owner of popular chain Ichibon Japanese Seafood and Steakhouse, is behind Jinya Ramen. Wang owns the Ichibon at 18206 Egret Bay Blvd. and one at 406 Texas Ave. in Kemah.
Ramen varies by region in Japan and in broth, flavors, toppings and noodle texture. Jinya Ramen Bar will serve “tonkotsu ramen,” made of pork broth infused with dashi (stock made from fish and kelp) and dried fish.

lauraelder
Laura Elder

Well, I checked in with the Webster officials, who say the opening of Jinya has been pushed to September. I'm glad you asked.

DonnieB

No problem and thanks for checking. I had went to the website for the Jinya Ramen Noodle Bar and there are not very many of them in the nation. They have 1 in Vegas, 3 in Califoria, 1 in Seattle, and now 2 in Texas (mid-town Houston and nasa). It will be interesting to try. It will definitely not be your 20 cent ramen noodle soup, lol! Their menu looks good. They have more than just ramen noodles. http://www.jinya-ramenbar.com/

kevjlang
Kevin Lang

Hi Laura. Whatever happened to Sweet Shop Confectionery? Last buzz I heard was that it was due around Easter (I suppose 2014). However, the banner out front still shows "Coming Soon". Did the concept die before they could open, or are they still hashing out details?

lauraelder
Laura Elder

That's a good question Kevin. I'll look into that.

Steve Fouga

Texas City restaurant-goers are in for a nice treat. ShyKatZ is consistently one of the best places on the Island. If you like rich food, you'll love it. Everything is good, but their breakfasts and desserts are primo -- among the best in a town brimming with good breakfasts and desserts. Breakfast all day is greatly appreciated, but be forewarned: "all-day" means until at the latest, 3:00 PM. Generally best to be there by 2:00.
[wink]

DonnieB

Hey Laura, I've heard rumors about Costco wanting to build next to Academy near I-45 and Nasa-bypass. Is this true? I know about the Golf World being built there, but will Costco be next to it? Just thought I would see if you could get direct info from city officials or other sources. I heard from a pretty solid source, that Costco was moving there. But, it's still a rumor.

Steve Fouga

I hope you're right, Donnie![beam]

rah

I cannot wait to have a ShyKatz type place where I work. This will be a real treat![beam]

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