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.
Posted by : January 11, 2014| On :
Water utility Kubota taken from repair site
Monitor Staff Reports
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District is offering a $1,000 reward to the person who can provide information leading to the arrest of person(s) responsible for the theft of its 2012 L-39 Kubota Backhoe, orange in color.
The theft occurred late Sunday, Jan. 5 or overnight into Monday.
The backhoe was stationed on the east side of the Wal-Mart Shopping Center in Gun Barrel City, where it was being used to facilitate a major water main repair. The New Year’s Eve main break affected most everyone up and down Main Street.
Those with any information regarding the theft are directed to call the Gun Barrel City Police Department at (903) 887-7151, ext. 1 or contact East Cedar Creek FWSD General Manager at (903) 887-7103, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Callers may remain anonymous.
Posted by : January 4, 2014| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Ringing in the new year was a little bumpy for businesses on Main Street in Gun Barrel City.
A water leak at an elbow connection on a 12-inch main proved difficult to isolate and harder to fix.
Detected at 1 p.m. New Year’s Eve just east of Walmart, the leak ended up closing down most all the restaurants in the city.
“It affected everyone,” East Cedar Creek Fresh Water Supply District Manager Bill Goheen told The Monitor, Thursday. “What a way to come into the new year.”
Any shut off valve on the main that was installed more than 20 years ago was difficult to locate. “We couldn’t find the shut off valve,” Goheen said. “It must have been somewhere under the asphalt.”
By 5 p.m., the utility had to shut down the system and issue a boil water notice because it had lost significant water pressure.
Crews worked overnight to fix the leak and recharge the system.
“By 5 a.m., we were back up,” Goheen said. But it became evident that something had slipped by the repair crew or a new leak had opened up in the same vicinity.
New Year’s Day, water running down Main Street in front of Walmart told the story.
“We were able to maintain low water pressure through the system Wednesday,” Goheen said.
By Thursday morning, the utility had subcontractors on site installing an insertion valve on the east side of Walmart, next to Julio’s Restaurant. This valve type can be installed under pressure, so the system doesn’t have to be shut down, he explained.
Goheen suspects the leak occurred where two pipelines meet on a 90-degree angle. “The ground under one pipe shifted, and the other didn’t,” he said, resulting in a misalignment.
The sleep-deprived manager added Thursday, “This was the water leak from h–l.”
After the valve install and closure, Goheen expects the leak to be isolated and water pressure to be restored to normal. A repair crew will then work on fixing the misaligned pipes.
If all goes well with water quality tests from samples sent after the system recharged New Year’s day, he expected to lift the boil water notice at 3 p.m. on Friday. To check on the status of the boil notice, readers may go online to www.eastcedarcreek.net.
“The utility appreciates the customers’ patience during this major main break and water outage and also all the positive comments made to the district after water was restored,” Goheen said.