Business Beat: Andy’s Custard, Flying Burger get Longview sites

Real estate developer Scott Zhorne said he’s sold a pair of sites that will become Andy’s Frozen Custard and Flying Burger.

Zhorne, who usually builds a shell and leases property to to future occupants, said Andy’s Frozen Custard and Flying Burger bought sites at 310 E. Hawkins Parkway because they wanted more control.

The building will be next to Texas National Bank and a building housing Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and Freshii.

Flying Burger, which serves pond-raised catfish and fish tacos in addition to hamburgers, was founded nine years go by Robert Smith in Magnolia.

Smith said Wyatt Adams is the franchisee who is opening Flying Burger restaurants in Longview, Texarkana, Shreveport and Boosier City. Smith said he hoped construction would start in a few months in Longview and the store be ready to open by next fall.

Charlie Buchanan, marketing director for Andy’s Frozen Custard at corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, did not return phone calls.

Founded in 1986 by John and Carol Kuntz in Osage Beach, Missouri, Andy’s describes itself as a "quick service frozen dessert business" with drive-thru and walk-up windows.

Andy’s has 12 locations in Texas including Tyler, Fort Worth, Round Rock and Grapevine.

Top Fun still closed

The status of the Top Fun Family Center, which opened in December 2016 at 111 H.G. Mosley Parkway, remains uncertain after owners Matt and Ashley Morgan said last fall it was closed "temporarily."

Matt Morgan said in October he planned to reopen Top Fun during the weekend before Thanksgiving. He later changed the reopening date to Feb. 1.

He acknowledged a possible holdup is a weekly $3,000 fee to have sewage pumped. The former Skateplex was on a septic system because its opening predated the property being annexed to the city, Longview Development Services Director Michael Shirley said.

"We let him (Matt Morgan) open with (sewage) holding tanks that he was getting pumped weekly," Shirley said. "As of yet, he has not gotten the city sewer installed."

Shirley said his office has not had any contact with the Morgans in five to six months.

Matt Morgan did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Top Fun featured a miniature golf course, a midway, go-cart track, a Cannon Ball air blaster, a laser tag room, party rooms and other amusements for families.

Food truck returns

Ashley and Brandon Gleason have returned their seasonal food truck business, Double HH Crawfish & Shrimp LLC, for the third season at Penny’s Gas Station at U.S. 259 and Texas 154 in Diana.

Ashley Gleason said she and her husband began parking the food truck at the location during the third week in January and will be in business there for six to seven months.

"It’s just what we do," she said. She and her husband serve crawfish, shrimp, Cajun tamales, red potatoes, boudin and alligator sausage. Crab legs will be available during the first week in March.

She said the business is open from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday and occasionally on Sundays.

Salon changes hands

Shelli Carrigan Maines said she has taken over The Cutting Edge Salon at 409 S. White Oak Road in White Oak from Stephanie Fears, who retired. Fears nows serves as director of Mercy Manor, a home for teenage girls in crisis pregnancies.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Maines said she has remodeled the salon, which has been in business for 17 years, adding, "Everything is completely different."

She said she brings 20 years of experience as a hair stylist to The Cutting Edge, which does haircuts, color, facial waxing, microabrasions, perms and chemical peels.

The salon is open Monday through Saturday.

— Business Beat appears Sunday. If you have items for the column, email to newsroom@news-journal.com; mail to Business Section, Longview News-Journal, P.O. Box 1792, Longview, TX 75606; or call (903) 237-7744.

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