Mudbug mission: Crews are about a month away from completing a massive crawfish and shrimp processing facility on Dike Road in Texas City that for months has generated much buzz.
Jason and Joleen Cogburn, owners of Boyd’s One Stop, known for bait, fresh seafood and crawfish, along with the popular Boyd’s Cajun Grill Express, are behind the 30,000-square-foot building that will accommodate what has become Texas’ largest crawfish wholesaler. The building underway is directly behind Boyd’s One Stop, 227 Dike Road.
The Cogburns own 12 acres behind Boyd’s One Stop and plan to build in phases a new bait camp and a restaurant, along with gas pumps and boat storage on the site, Jason Cogburn said.
Boyd’s is the state’s largest crawfish wholesaler, supplying product year-round to 82 H-E-B stores and about 70 restaurants and seafood markets throughout the area. Boyd’s has been around since the 1960s. The Cogburns took over the business in 1999. Boyd’s has been using the back of its existing building as a warehouse/processing facility.
Weather has slightly delayed construction of the processing facility, but, if all goes as planned, it will be completed in about a month, Cogburn said.
“We just haven’t been able to pour concrete, it’s been so wet,” Cogburn said.
In peak crawfish season, which is right about now, the facility will employ about 125 people. Flooding during Hurricane Harvey and unusually harsh winter temperatures caused crawfish to stay buried in their mud flats along freshwater bayous, slightly delaying this year’s season.
Checkout lane: More than a year has gone by since Germany-based Lidl (pronounced leedle) submitted plans to League City officials for a 35,000-square-foot grocery store at state Highway 96 and Tuscan Lakes Boulevard. Not much has happened since, leaving some to speculate the League City site is a casualty of Lidl’s decision to dial back its initially ambitious U.S. growth plans.
Last month, Food Dive, a provider of news and analysis for food industry executives, reported that Klaus Gehrig, CEO of the Schwarz Group, which owns Lidl, told a German business publication that Lidl would open 20 U.S. stores in 2018. That’s far fewer than the 100 stores Lidl initially had planned to open in June this year. Gehrig also told the German publication that Lidl’s U.S. stores are “too big and expensive, that the division often did a poor job selecting locations, and that the discounter failed to account for American’s unique product preferences, including prepared foods,” according to Food Dive.
Lidl operates about 10,000 stores in 27 countries throughout Europe and bills itself as a low-cost grocer. Business Insider called Lidl a cross between a Wal-Mart and Trader Joe’s. The chain offers deep discounts on groceries, household appliances, clothes and more, and most directly competes with Aldi, which a few years ago entered the Galveston County market. Stay tuned.
Catch of the day: Restaurateur and Chef Daya Myers-Hurt is returning to Galveston with a new concept — Fish Company Taco, 1914 23rd St.
Daya Myers-Hurt, in 2013 with partner Laura Myers-Hurt, closed popular downtown island eatery The Lunchbox Café, to pursue opportunities in Houston.
Menu-wise, Fish Company Taco will differ from The Lunchbox Café, which was known for sandwiches and casual fare. But it will be similar in that it will be a chef-driven, farm-to-table and Gulf-to-table concept, Myers-Hurt said.
All the fish will be Gulf Wild certified, she said. Fish tacos will change depending on the catch of the day and will be called Gulf Catch Tacos.
While in Houston, Daya Myers-Hurt, a chef, worked at restaurants Uchi and State of Grace, which inspired some ideas for the new island restaurant, she said. Daya Myers-Hurt is planning a mid-March opening of Fish Company Taco.
Party time: Around here, few people need reasons to party. But it never hurts to have one. Look for a March 9 grand opening of The Kitchen Chick as it celebrates its new home in a freshly renovated 10,000-square-foot building, 2402 Market St., in Galveston’s downtown.
Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and include live music. The Kitchen Chick sells tools essential to cooks, kitchenware and accessories and offers popular cooking classes.
Biz birthday: If you see Roxanne Clarke, you might want to congratulate her. Clarke next week will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of her business, Atmosphere the Salon at 1221 23rd St.
Clarke has been at the address since March 1, 2008, six months before Hurricane Ike came along and flooded the building. The storm disrupted the business and all but one employee left.
“Now, I’m 10 strong,” Clarke said.
Property lines: Notice all that activity around Broadway and 27th Street? Rumor has it that a new real estate company is preparing to open its doors in Galveston. Stay tuned.