Lew Talbot to turn Beijing Garden into new causeway restaurant
Posted by : January 26, 2014| On :
SEVEN POINTS–After a year of hanging out, restaurant and club owner Lew Talbot is about to get back to doing what he likes best – entertaining people.
Talbot, the former owner of Cedar Isle Restaurant and Baja Club who saw his business go up in flames in late 2012, is opening a new restaurant and club called Coconut in mid-April. The new business will be in the old Beijing Garden restaurant on the causeway island, just down the highway from where Cedar Isle once thrived.
“I’m really excited and looking forward to the opening,” Talbot said. “I got really tired of not working. I’m a high-energy person, and I need to stay busy.”
As the general manager of the new operation that is being financed by a Dallas investor who liked what he saw at Cedar Isle, Talbot is already busy overseeing the renovation of the old Chinese restaurant that stood vacant for about a decade.
When Coconut opens, it will be remodeled inside and out. The red building will be repainted in a different color, inside and out. There will be a lake theme, and that will include the construction of a dock for boat slips and a large covered deck in back facing the water.
The inside of the non-smoking restaurant will feature a horseshoe-shaped bar, a private banquet room for parties and meetings and lots of tables and chairs for dining along the scenic windows that stretch the length of the back of the large restaurant. The food will be American, featuring seafood, steaks and specialty sandwiches.
The over-sized kitchen makes just about anything possible in terms of food preparation, Talbot said. He pointed to an enormous stainless steel cooking vat for shrimp and crawfish, left over from the restaurant’s previous days.
There will be a bandstand built in back for live music on Saturday nights, and there will be a stage and dance floor inside. The family-friendly restaurant will become a dinner nightclub at night.
“It will be similar to what we had at Cedar Isle,” Talbot said. “We will probably have beach volleyball too.”
Everyone is going crazy with excitement when they find out what I am going to do,” Talbot said. “This is going to be a huge summer.”
Coconut will be the only restaurant and club that sits lakeside. Real estate agents have complained for the last year since Cedar Isle burned that potential customers are disappointed when they must tell them there are no lakeside venues for them to visit.
“I think it’s going to be very unique,” Talbot said. “It’s going to be a nice, clean, fun place – very lakey.”
Talbot said that although he is the general manager now, rather than the owner, he plans to put all of his energy behind making Coconut a big success.
“I’m going to be here a long time,” Talbot said.