South Longview will soon see its first Starbucks go up at the southeast corner of Estes Parkway and Interstate 20.
Representatives from developer Starbucks Woodmont Co., local commercial real estate company JBK and District 3 Councilman Wray Wade gathered Tuesday at the half-acre site where the new cafe will be built. They pushed ceremonial shovels into the ground and threw small piles of dirt into the air as they celebrated a milestone for South Longview.
Wade represents the area where the Starbucks will be located.
“I’m excited about this,” Wade told those gathered for the groundbreaking. “It’s great for this neighborhood.”
John King, with JBK, who is working with Woodmont on the project, said planning for the Starbucks location began in 2020. The project, he said, will help revitalize the entire area and install a Starbucks in all areas of the city – North, Longview South, East and West.
Grant Gary, president of Woodmont Brokerage Services, said the Starbucks will be approximately 1,400 square feet with a single drive-thru lane, patio seating and inside orders available.
Once construction begins, the store will be complete in about seven weeks, said James Luety, Woodmont’s senior vice president who will oversee construction. Starbucks will then take over and complete the interior of the new store.
The new food truck rolls
The owners of One Sheep Coffee & Tea in Longview have expanded with the addition of a new food truck – called the Chicken Mafia – parked in their drive-thru cafe.
April and Ron Thompson opened One Sheep Coffee & Tea about a year ago, with food trucks sometimes serving customers in their parking lot at 906 W. Loop 281. Funnel Cake Playground and Phill’n Station are frequently set up in the parking lot .
Adding their own food truck achieves a goal they had for the cafe, which has picnic tables outside and sometimes hosts musicians.
“We want it to look more like a food truck park,” April Thompson said.
She said her husband loves Nashville Hot Chicken, and he came up with the truck concept. They developed their recipes with the help of a chef.
“It’s got the whole Mafia theme,” Thompson said, explaining that the truck offers different types of chicken sandwiches, as well as chicken and waffles, loaded macaroni and cheese, and loaded fries. “The hottest sandwich is called The Godfather.”
Chicken Mafia typically operates from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, but Thompson said she and her husband are hoping to expand those hours.
Launch of Twisted Chef
Twisted Chef, a food truck serving gourmet spring rolls, opened this weekend in Longview.
Nathan and Nicole Elliott created their food truck Friday during an event at the Work Smart shared office space, where their office is located in the Crossing at Main and Main development at Loop 281 and US 259. Their food truck then moved to the 80-acre market. between Longview and Diana for the rest of the weekend.
Menu offerings include the Cheezy Wheezy – homemade mac and cheese with smoked bacon; the “Dead Eagle” which is described as “Dallas Cowboys Stomped Eagle” with ribeye and Cheese Wiz; “The Fiesta,” a taco wrapped with seasoned ground Angus, roasted red cabbage, pico, and cheese; “Kiddie Twisters” with chicken fingers, corn dog, macaroni and cheese or cheese sticks; signature sauces; and dessert rolls.
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