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Business Beat: Cajun restaurant to open

By Jo Lee Ferguson, Special to the News-Journal
Feb. 22, 2014 at 11 p.m.


K<em>raw Daddy's</em>, a new restaurant featuring crawfish, shrimp, gumbo, etouffee, steaks and other items, is set to open Monday at 4412 U.S. 259 North, where <em>Big Dave's BBQ</em> was located next to <em>KYKX</em> just outside Longview.

Manager <em>Allison Lott</em> said the restaurant's owners are father and son <em>Martin "Pete" Watson</em> and <em>Martin "Duke" Watson</em>.

Kraw Daddy's menu will feature children's meals for $3.95, crawfish of varying prices, etouffee, gumbo and red beans and rice for $7.95, crawfish pasta for $9.99, shrimp pasta for $13.99, rib-eyes for about $20 to $26 depending on the size, shrimp starting at $13 a pound and snow crab legs starting at $17.95 a pound.

The restaurant won't usually be open Mondays but it is making an exception for its opening day, when it will be open from 3 to 9 p.m. Normal hours will be 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

<h3>Smith Fastener move</h3>

Seven months after opening in Longview, <em>Smith Fastener</em> has moved into a larger space and doubled its number of employees.

The business had been on Cotton Street. <em>Frank Chaney</em> and <em>Kim Stewart</em>, with <em>Coldwell Banker Commercial Lenhart</em>, handled the transaction for the new location at 3914 W. Loop 281, Suite B.

Smith Fastener is a family owned business based in Charleston, W.Va. Founded in 1965 by <em>W.J. Smith</em>, owners are <em>President James F. Smith</em> and <em>Executive Vice President Brian S. Smith</em>. The company distributes industrial fasteners and manufactures parts for the oil and gas and mining industries.

The new office is 15,000 square feet of office and warehouse space, Coldwell Banker reported, compared with the 2,400 square feet space on Cotton Street. <em>Richard Lynch</em>, outside salesman for Smith, said the location employs five people compared with two on Cotton Street. The new facility allowed Smith to open a "stud-cutting shop" that can cut up to 3-inch diameter studs used to fasten equipment.

He said the business opened in Longview because of its ongoing work with <em>Joy Global Inc.</em> Smith Fasteners has since experienced success with other customers that led to the expansion.

"We have many more customers and are adding every day," Lynch said.

<h3>Aspen Dental in Longview</h3>

Syracuse, N.Y.-based <em>Aspen Dental</em> plans to open a Longview office this spring as part of an ongoing growth initiative for the company. The city of Longview issued a building permit for $260,000 in renovations at 3080 N. Eastman Road, Suite 104, in <em>Longview Towne Crossing</em>.

The company has more than 400 offices in 27 states. Company spokesman <em>Mark Frank</em> said Aspen opened about 50 offices a year during the past several years, with 45 new offices planned for this year.

"Aspen Dental practices are located in communities where there is a need for quality and affordable dental and denture care," he said in an e-mail response to questions.

The Longview office will be 4,000 square feet with eight patient treatment rooms. Services will include dentures, with patients having the choice of seven styles of Aspen Dental's ComfiDents brand full and partial dentures, preventive care, general dentistry, restoration, oral surgery and other services. Serving primarily adults, the office will feature digital radiography and advanced screening for oral cancer.

<h3>Development under way</h3>

Developer <em>Dante Hahn</em> said site work has started at the location of his new mixed-use development on Fourth Street south of Loop 281, where a new hotel, loft apartments and retail center and <em>Copeland's of New Orleans</em> restaurant will be built.

Hahn built a <em>Suburban Extended Stay Hotel</em> at the site several years ago. The second hotel on the site will be a <em>Sleep Inn</em>.

The development also will feature <em>City Center,</em> a three-story, 80,000-square-foot building, with service and retail businesses on the first floor and about 50 lofts on the second and third floors.

He estimated construction would start on the restaurant in about 90 days, and it would be open by late this year. The entire development could be finished by the end of the year, he said.

<em>- If you have items for Business Beat, email to newstip@news-journal.com; mail to Business Section, Longview News-Journal, P.O. Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606; or call (903) 237-7744.</em>

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