Nacogdoches ‘Restaurant Week’ spotlights local eateries

Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 2:07 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The perfect time to say, ‘Let’s eat out’ is all this week in Nacogdoches. Through Sunday, it’s Restaurant Week. Participating eateries will offer specials, discounts, and new menu items. More so, it’s a time for customers to show support toward the industry that so many of us enjoy.

The Kremers ate out Monday. All nine of them. It’s something patriarch Rick Kremer does several times a week at Dolli’s Diner.

“Small business is where it’s at in America, so we got to keep them operating. We lost too many in this pandemic,” Kremer said.

The entire Kremer clan ate out on the first day of Restaurant Week in Nacogdoches. (Source:...
The entire Kremer clan ate out on the first day of Restaurant Week in Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE Staff)(KTRE Staff)

Even without COVID-19, the first year of business, 60 percent of restaurants go out of business. Move that on up to five years and 80 percent go under,” shared Brendyn Todd, the owner and pitmaster of Brendyn’s Barbque.

“Smokes going cause it takes us 18 hours,” Todd said while opening a heavy lid to the pit.

Todd slow cooks brisket but chose not to linger about going from a food truck to brick and mortar in 2020.

“During Covid. Like at the peak of Covid,” Todd said.

On Saturday, patrons came out for Brendyn’s one-year anniversary. However, they had really never stopped showing up.

“Opening during Covid was difficult, but for us, we still thrived and that’s just part of why we love Nacogdoches,” Todd said.

Back at Dolli’s, co-owner Steven Geyerman spoke of a similar experience.

“I don’t know if we would have made it in a larger community being as small as we are,” Geyerman said. “A lot of mom and pop places, family restaurants in our position, in larger towns didn’t make it.”

They call it a connection to a community. It’s one reason why the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation launched restaurant week.

“They’re [Restaurants] having specials. They’re trying out new dishes. Some of them will have special events, like music. You can go to Nacogdoches Restaurant Week on Facebook and Instagram to see participating restaurants.”

And you might bump into Rick. For him, Restaurant Week is, “Every week. Yes.”

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