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Business Beat: Home-style cooking at new eatery

By Mike Elswick melswick@news-journal.com
Oct. 6, 2012 at 11 p.m.


<strong>Pat N Pigy's</strong>

P<em>at Blocker</em> and <em>Ms. Pigy Richardson</em> are back in the restaurant business after the September 2011 sale of <em>Pat's Diner,</em> off Tuttle Boulevard next to Candlewood Suites.

Blocker and Richardson said they missed the dining business. They can now be found at <em>Pat N Pigy's Belle Pepper</em> <em>Café</em> at 4196 E. U.S. 80 - just a little east of the Loop 281 interchange.

Blocker said many of the same favorites from Pat's Diner are on the menu, including a full breakfast and daily lunch specials. An addition that is already proving popular is Friday's lineup of seafood, catfish and rib-eye steaks, she said.

Pat N Pigy's is open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturdays. On Fridays, the eatery is open until 9 p.m. serving dinner.

Friday's seafood and fish entrees include whole catfish, filets, a seafood platter, hand-battered shrimp along with the rib-eye steaks in several sizes.

Daily specials may include chicken fried steak, fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, beef tips and rice or hamburgers. Block said patrons can always order from the full menu.

Pat N Pigy's also serves up homemade pies, cobblers and desserts and plans to list the diner's upcoming weekly specials in each Wednesday edition of the News-Journal. For information or orders to go, call (903) 757-9397.

Blocker said she has known former operator of Belle Pepper café, John Hutto, since the two were children.

She said he was ready to get out of the operation of the restaurant to focus attention on his other enterprises, a garden center and storage facility.

<strong>Sassy style</strong>

Sassy Sheek Salon recently opened at 2017 S. High St., under the ownership of Amy Foster, who also serves as one of the location's stylists.

The Longview native recently moved back to the city where her family has lived on the city's Southside for 45 years. Sassy Sheek offers a variety of hair styling services, along with waxing, nails, hair extensions and eyelash extensions, spray tans and body wraps.

Foster said she hopes her business and passion for seeing a revitalization of South Longview help spur improvement in that area of the city.

With help from her husband, <em>Don Foster</em>, who is developing a website to promote the effort, she hopes to form an alliance of South Longview businesses working together to promote and support one another.

John Foster said the website is under development and could serve as one way for those firms to align and encourage each other. Besides opening a business on South High Street, the couple also live in the area.

Sassy Sheek Salon is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays with after-hours appointments available.

Foster and crew can be reached at (903) 553-9463.

<strong>Old Navy's arrival</strong>

Construction work at <em>Longview Towne Center</em> for the new 24,100-square-foot new home for <em>Old Navy</em> is complete, and staffers have been busy stocking shelves and getting ready for the retailer's re-entry into the Longview market.

The clothing retailer, which closed about a year ago at a West Loop 281 location, has a Longview Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and grand opening event set for 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at 3090 N. Eastman Road.

Bed Bath and Beyond is now in the former Old Navy location on Loop 281.

<em>- Mike Elswick is the managing editor/business editor of the Longview News-Journal. He can be reached at (903) 237-7737 or melswick@news-journal.com.</em>

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