Saturday, July 31, 2010

New Restaurant Opens Shop in Cisco

From the Cisco Chamber of Commerce:

The Cisco Chamber of Commerce welcomes our newest chamber member, Barbwire Grill and Café. Owners Lovey Moore and Danny Foster are cooking up some fine food for the locals and the county. Some of the favorites are Chicken Fried Steak, Hamburger Steak smothered in brown gravy and onions, Lemon Pepper Chicken, and their famous Barbwire Burger. For lighter fare, they have an all you can eat Salad Bar. They are open Monday-Thursday 11 to 8, and Fridays 11to 9. On Saturday and Sunday they are open from 7 to 2 with a Breakfast Menu along with their Full Menu.

Barbwire Grill and Café is located in Cisco at 303 Interstate 20 East. Their phone number is 254-442-2300.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Carino's Launches Low-Cal Kids' Menu

Copied from Carino's news release:
Carino’s Italian restaurants today announced the arrival of its new kid’s menu featuring dishes that are all less than 500 calories. The new kid’s menu illustrates Carino’s Italian restaurants commitment in providing healthy meals to children as the nation continues to combat childhood obesity.

“Since the inception of Carino’s Italian, we have been providing guests with freshly cooked dishes and many healthy choices from our regular menu,” said Creed Ford III, CEO of Carino’s Italian. “With the new kid’s menu, parents can be assured that when they dine at Carino’s their children are served healthy and delicious dishes.”

Created by Chef Chris Peitersen, Executive Chef at Carino’s Italian, the new kid’s menu features the following specialty dishes:

* PIZZA PASTA -- Chopped spaghetti tossed with tomato sauce, topped with sliced grilled chicken, pepperoni and mozzarella

* CHICKEN & BROCCOLI PENNE -- Penne with sliced grilled chicken and broccoli with alfredo sauce

* KIDS PANINI -- Mozzarella and turkey grilled panini sandwich served with mandarin oranges; Also available as plain cheese panini

* PIZZA DIPPERS -- Cheese pizza slices served with tomato sauce for dipping

* GRILLED CHICKEN -- Grilled chicken with spaghetti and tomato sauce or Italian vegetables

* CHEESE STUFFED PASTA -- Cheese stuffed pasta with tomato sauce

“Children’s well-being and their health have always been important to Carino’s Italian,” said Chef Peitersen. “We are excited for our young guests to try the new items on the kid’s menu. This is proof that healthy meals can be tasty meals.”

Friday, July 16, 2010

Buffalo Wild Wings is back open

UPDATE: Boneless wings with medium sauce and a side of bleu cheese for everyone! Ok, that's my usual. But you can go get whatever you want now that Buffalo Wild Wings is back open for business after about six weeks of renovations (building and staff alike). Now my Wednesday nights can be complete again!

UPDATE: Buffalo Wild Wings is set to reopen for business on Friday.

It's been closed since June while the owners renovated and redecorated it. A big portion of the staff was also replaced.

Original post: On June 6, Buffalo Wild Wings in Abilene will close for renovations and redecorating. It's expected to open back up for business in mid-July.

I, for one, will be very sad while it's closed! My husband and I go there almost every single Wednesday night. Yes, there's karaoke, but that's not why we go. It just works with our schedules and we love having a place like that to unwind!

I don't know what redecorating will be done, since almost every inch of the place is covered in cool memorabilia and interesting posters, so that'll be something to check out.

If only it was expanding into part of the old Circuit City! That would be awesome. Our old hangout, the BWW in Bossier City, was really huge and that's the first thing we imagined when we read the sign saying there would be remodeling. But marketing manager Larry Sanders says that's not the case.

By the way, we had an awesome time there last night for the Biggest Loser watch party! Yes, there were cheers for Melissa and Lance, but we probably all cheered louder every time a Randy Turner commercial came on. I didn't check to see if Randy was cheering for himself too...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Blue Taco Listed for Sale

Abilene's Blue Taco restaurant has been listed for sale on The website lists the price at $110,000 and says the business generates $375,000/year.

The listing says:

"Blue Taco is a fast casual restaurant located in Abilene Texas. The restaurant has a small but very diverse menu. Large burritos, Tacos, and Taco Salads with many topping choices. Very simple operation We also sell Margaritas out the drive thru and inside. Great consept for expantion to other locations."

Blue Taco is located at 4500 Buffalo Gap Road. It opened in 2009.

Click here to read the complete listing

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


When a restaurant shuts down it doesn't just affect regular customers, it affects groups that meet at those locations on a regular basis.

That's the case with Amanda's Restaurant and Cantina.

Keep Abilene Beautiful board members usually met at Amanda's once a month and went dutch. Their meeting last Monday had to be canceled when Amanda's shut down.

The group took its business then to Golden Corral. Of course the manager of Golden Corral hopes it becomes the new permanent KAB meeting location.

Heck, it would make separate checks easier, right?