LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A longtime fixture in the Lufkin community coming back.
The Lone Star Charlie's restaurant that was once located on the north loop is set to re-open in a new location. The owners of Lone Star Charlie's hope to open the new location in the the space at the Pilot Travel Center on E. Denman Avenue that once housed a Denny's restaurant by April 3 or April 10.
Wade Jabbour Jr. said his parents owned and operated the original Lone Star Charlie's. He will be running the new Lone Star Charlie's.
Jabbour said that after the first restaurant shut down as a result of the TxDOT project to expand the north loop, he went into the pipelining business. He added that after working in that field for four years, he was ready to be back home with his wife and children because his work took him 10 to 12 hours away at a time time.
Jabbour said his wife announced their plans to re-open Lone Star Charlie's on Facebook last week, and they have already had longtime customers commenting about how happy they are the restaurant is coming back.
Before the original Lone Star Charlie's was shut down and demolished in 2012, it had been in business for more than 30 years. It served as a popular hot spot for travelers looking for a hot meal or a cup of hot coffee. It was also a popular meeting place for local movers and shakers.
The Texas Department of Transportation acquired the property where the original restaurant was located through eminent domain, which is "the power to take private property for public use by a state, municipality, or private person or corporation authorized to exercise functions of public character."