New ventures for your palate: Existing Amarillo business owners open new restaurants

New ventures for your palate: Existing Amarillo business owners open new restaurants

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Spread out across the city from downtown's Polk Street to southwest Amarillo's Town Square, new restaurants continue to pop up.

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Many of them come from existing restaurant owners in the area.

Getting ready to open in early October, Off the Hook is a seafood venture from the owners of Moondoggy's.

"This was our original plan," said James Allen, owner of Off The Hook and Moondoggy's. "We're originally from the East Coast, from Georgia, so our original plan was to do seafood and then we were inspired to do Moondoggy's, as well."

Located just upstairs from Moondoggy's, the new restaurant's location has some history that plays into its name.

"Originally, this part of the building was the bankruptcy court so we kind of played that into an effect where you get off the hook of your case, but off the hook also works with the seafood thing," said Allen.

Once Off The Hook is up and running, Allen and the team will head to south Amarillo to open a second Moondoggy's location near Hillside and 58th.

Owner of the Drunken Oyster, Rory Schepisi, is set to open a new restaurant at Town Square.

Social Bar and Biscuit Company will specialize in brunch-type meals. There is no word yet on when it will open.

Also at Town Square, Prime Chophouse is a new restaurant from the owners of recently-closed Amarillo restaurant, B.L. Bistro.

"We're trying to do a traditional American-style steakhouse focusing on black Angus beef and fresh seafood," said Brian Mason, owner of Prime Chophouse and The Gem.

In addition to the new Town Square venture, Mason and his team have also revamped the former B.L. Bistro location into The Gem.

"We basically went from more of a finer dining establishment to more of a casual American cuisine, focusing on more of a bar-lounge type area," said Mason.

From brunch and booze to steaks and seafood, the city's newest restaurants will provide more variety to the city's cuisine.

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