A Dallas-area couple hope to help revitalize a neighborhood in South Longview when they move here and open Mo’Phat Smoke Shack at 401 W. Sabine St.
Don Smith and Natalie Rock hope to open the barbecue restaurant by July, Smith said, based on the necessary permits from the Town of Longview for the building renovations. An existing car wash on the property will be opened later once the repairs are complete.
Smith said he retired after 24 years from the city of Dallas, where he was a maintenance supervisor in the water department.
“I guess I have a background in throwing great parties with great food, and people kind of raved about my smoky barbecue,” Smith said.
Although he has no experience in catering, it is part of his family history.
“My grandfather had a barbecue in Temple, Texas,” Smith said. Several of his grandfather’s brother’s children also opened restaurants in the Dallas area, he said. One Meshack’s is still open in Garland.
“My grandfather had a homemade sausage recipe. That’s what we’re going to bring back, that’s the sausage recipe, ”he said, and the restaurant will offer beef and pork sausages, ribs, brisket, turkey, turkey thighs and stuffed turkey thighs.
Rock is doing real estate work, she was looking for properties and found some in the neighborhood where the restaurant building is located. Smith said he bought an existing house he was going to renovate and a wasteland he was trying to figure out what to do with. They found the restaurant building and the car wash as they were closing one of the properties, then walked through the neighborhood, turning around in the parking lot of the vacant building. They jumped at the opportunity to buy the property.
They will be living in the neighborhood where they own their business, Smith said.
A café organizes a grand opening
One Sheep Coffee & Tea, at 906 W. Loop 281, will feature the Darrin Morris Band when the new cafe opens at 6 pm Friday.
Located east of Bill Owens Parkway between Insta Cash Pawn and Heritage Mitsubishi, One Sheep Coffee & Tea initially operates as a drive-thru with outdoor seating available. However, social media posts for the cafe indicate that renovations have started to provide seating inside. Online ordering is available.
The menu includes a variety of coffee drinks, muffins, smoothies, smoothies and herbal teas.
Hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday.
Conn’s marks a new store
Conn’s HomePlace will celebrate its new store at Longview Mall with a grand opening starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
The 40,140 square foot store offers furniture, mattresses, appliances, electronics, home office products and home fitness equipment. The grand opening will include $ 100 gift cards for the first 100 people online, free breakfast and lunch, and all-day specials. Conn’s offers “flexible internal credit options to its customers in addition to third-party financing programs and third-party capital lease payment plans,” the company said.
The theater reopens
The Rega Longview and RPX cinema on North Eastman Road reopened on Friday.
“The reopening plans include a wide range of health and safety measures that comply with CinemaSafe protocol and guidelines,” the company said.
Masks are required in the lobby, auditoriums, and bathrooms, except when guests eat and drink while seated in one of the theaters. Masks will be provided to those who do not have them. Employees will also need to wear masks and wash their hands periodically.
“We are increasing our fresh air intake 50 to 100% above normal levels, which will help circulate more fresh air in auditoriums,” the company website says.
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