After sitting empty for four years, the owners of the midtown location of Texas Tom's restaurant - Javaid Chaudhri and Arshad Chaudhri - have reopened the formerly iconic fast-food venue at 709 East Linwood. It has been closed since 2010
"This is the original Texas Tom's location," said one of the restaurant's managers. Well, no. But it was definitely an early venue for the Kansas City-based chain created by Tom Nigro in 1953 (he originally conceived the business as an ice-cream shop, and the first outlet, at 8401 Winner Road, was briefly called Frigid Cream).
"Before Tom Nigro sold the restaurants in 1983, there were 26 of them in and around the metro," says Michael Bushnell, publisher of the Northeast News
. "There were two of them on Independence Avenue."
The Linwood Boulevard location opened in 1972. The Chaudhris have repainted and refurbished the building, but the menu offers the same collection of multicultural dishes: tacos, burritos, double cheeseburgers, fried shrimp baskets, Italian steak sandwiches - and tater tots.
The restaurant's hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.