If you’re in the south of town and craving pizza or Thai food, you’re in luck.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A positive sign for the local economy following the difficulties faced by many business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic.
From new homes under construction to new businesses, you’ve probably seen all of the construction happening in the south of the city.
This side of town shows no signs of slowing down. As this growth continues, so does the desire to have more local restaurants in the area.
If you live in the south of the city and crave pizza or Thai food, you’re in luck.
The south of town has at least two new options to satisfy your taste buds and maybe even your funny bone.
âA couple of laughs, a great pizza, have a good time and have a great time,â said Brandon Gonzalez, owner of Mesquite St. Pizza and Comedy Club.
Nestled between Texas Flame and The Brick, the sign for the new Mesquite Street Pizza and Comedy Club is in place.
You may already know the downtown location, but owner Brandon Gonzalez said he always wanted to expand to a second location, and he did so at a time when most businesses were facing an unknown future.
“I thought building during the pandemic was risky, it went well for us, as we go out, we open,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez gave 3 News a tour of the 14,000 square foot space that was once a former movie theater.
He said opening a second place on the south side was a no-brainer.
âThere are a lot of people who don’t go downtown. A lot of people we talk to who go to shows who said we haven’t been downtown for 15 years. Mesquite down south, let’s let them enjoy what we’ve had over the past 8 years downtown and maybe they’ll head downtown to see what they can get, âGonzalez said .
John Larue, president and CEO of the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, said as growth continues in this part of town, local businesses and restaurants see an opportunity to invest in the south.
âMore people, growth is like that. That’s where more people live. Restaurants are in demand there. That’s not to say downtown isn’t. I think the downtown continues to be vibrant and growing, something we both need, âsaid Larue.
âWhen I was in high school I worked at McDonald’s and I always dreamed of opening a full service restaurant. Today is actually BKK’s fourth anniversary,â said owner Ryan Rios.
Rios, owner of BKK Thai Kitchen in Lamar Park, has announced it will expand to a second location in the south.
It will be located in a new mall at Staples St. and Timbergate Dr.
âThe building started going up last week and I was driving every day after work at BKK, heading south to check on the progress, happy to see the walls getting taller every day,â Rios said.
Rios said he too sees an opportunity to bring another option owned by locals to this side of town which is often considered to have several reputable restaurant chains.
“I think Corpus Christi can only grow in one direction and it’s south. There’s a lot of new neighborhoods popping up, away from Weber, Staples, down from Yorktown where there’s a whole other clientele. that we can serve and bring our taste of Thailand to them, âsaid Rios.
He hopes he can open the second location just in time for the holiday rush.
Meanwhile, Southside Mesquite Street Pizza is gearing up for its first comedy show featuring Steve Trevino this weekend and will officially welcome audiences for dinner on August 6.
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