The Port Arthur News
Port Arthur —
From seafood to donuts, a Laundromat and a convenience store, there’s a slew of new businesses going up in an area of Port Arthur that continues to show growth.
On Ninth Avenue from Lake Arthur Drive to Jimmy Johnson Blvd., at least five new businesses are beyond planning stages. Three of those are getting close to an opening date, a fourth is under construction, and a fifth in contract negotiations.
At the intersection of Ninth and Jimmy Johnson, a long vacant shopping center that was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Rita will be home to a new seafood restaurant, a Laundromat, nail shop, a convenience store, and perhaps a cellular phone company and insurance company.
Among the first to open is the Super Spin Coin Laundry, which should be ready for customers by mid-July, developer Charles Le said. The laundry, the third in the area, will feature an indoor playroom for youngsters and be open daily from 8 to 10 p.m.
Other Super Spin Coin Laundry’s are in Beaumont and Port Arthur.
At the same center, John’s Seafood is preparing to open in mid-July. Owner Son Ly has another restaurant in Orange, which features the same type fried seafood to be served at the new Port Arthur location.
A month later, in August, a convenience store is scheduled to open. Le said the store is waiting on its beer and wine license.
Le is in contract negotiations with a nail shop, and is looking into a cellular phone company and insurance company as other tenants.
The center has enough space for 12-14 tenants.
Though the damage from Rita was extensive, Le said his family was attracted to the location.
“There are many apartments and houses there, so is very convenient for the community,” Le said.
Also on Ninth, in front of Ninth Avenue Station Apartments, workers are performing dirt work on a Donut Hole. Owner Lyhourt Thumg has previously opened a Donut Hole in Groves, and in Orange.
Realtor Patti Harrington with Caldwell Banker in Mid-County said the owner hopes to have the donut facility open by August.
The building is large enough to accommodate to other businesses, Harrington said.
At the intersection of Regional and Central Mall drives, a new restaurant is going in the Canyon Square Retail Center, and expected to open this month.
Bayou Cafe will offer Cajun seafood, fried shrimp and gumbo.
“Our trademark is jumbo shrimp,” owner Tod Stark, said.
The venture is Stark’s second since moving to Texas from Louisiana five years ago. He first built in Beaumont on Major Drive, but has now decided to expand his seafood cafe.
“After being here two to three years, I started looking around at other places like Lumberton and Orange, but really liked the Central Mall area,” Stark said.
The restaurant will employ about 40 people, many of them full-time jobs.
The Bayou Cafe will be open from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Stark said he has not yet decided whether to open on Sunday.