New Pier: White Oak restaurant expands building, menu
July 17, 2013 at 10 p.m.
WHITE OAK - There's a New Pier in White Oak where a variety of fresh seafood and tacos are served up daily.
Otilia Dejones worked in area restaurants, including Johnny Cace's Seafood and Steak House, for 20 years before deciding she wanted to operate her own restaurant, her daughter Marcy Gonzalez said. So she and her husband, Brijido Valencia, purchased The Pier in White Oak and reopened it under the name New Pier.
"It was a dream of my mom's to own a restaurant and she made her dream come true," Gonzalez said.
The couple kept The Pier's familiar menu that includes catfish, shrimp, frog legs, oysters and crawfish tails and added their own spice to the lineup by putting tacos and tortas on the menu. For $8 to $10, diners receive a hearty meal.
"She likes to cook and she likes to see people happy," Gonzalez said of her mother.
Additionally, New Pier has expanded at its location and a couple of weeks ago opened an indoor dining facility, Gonzalez said. Previously, the restaurant was a standalone building in which customers walked up to it and received their food to-go, or ate at picnic tables outside. The new dining hall has allowed for increased customer traffic at the restaurant.
All food at the restaurant is fresh and cooked to order, but Dejones adds one extra ingredient to it that separates her food from others.
"She adds her soul into it," Gonzalez said.