People in the business say it's a great time to cater East Texas.
Hajalmer's is one of several restaurants that has either opened or is planning to open here in the Longview market over the past six months, and it's coinciding with a huge growth spurt for the city and the metropolitan area
"We thought our food was good enough," Adam's Rib owner Rickey Cox said," so we wanted to venture out and come into the city."
And along North Eastman Road, Fuji's Asian Restaurant opens its doors Tuesday, Birmingham-based Cajun Steamer Bar and Grill is taking over the former Fish City Grill structure later this spring, and construction is finishing up on Salsarita's Fresh Cantina.
"If you happen to have to have a quick lunch or something like that, less restaurants means longer lunches, and you can't get back to work," Watkins said.