Standard Times GO San Angelo reports,
SAN ANGELO, Texas — I was recently asked via Facebook if I knew what was happening in the former Zookini’s Restaurant on Sunset Drive across from the mall, and that question set off a flurry of responses from Facebook friends who heard it was “some kind of catering company.”
Many thanks to my friend, Karen Smith, membership director for the San Angelo Better Business Bureau, who put me in contact with the owner.
San Angelo’s newest catering company is called Rio Concho Catering and is now open for business. Although Rio Concho Catering is new to our community, its owner, John Young, is a food service veteran.
His experience is more than 35 years, beginning with San Angelo’s first Burger King in 1977. He worked for Burger King Corporation for 25 years, and following that, he was an executive for several large food service companies, including one company that catered for the Dallas Cowboys for nine years. Young said he has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and when the opportunity presented itself to return to his hometown, he jumped on it.
“I’m very proud to be working with my family to build a strong business in my hometown. You might say this is a dream come true. It’s good to be home,” Young said.
Rio Concho Catering is positioned to cater any type of event, large or small.
“From backyard barbecues to corporate functions to formal events and everything in between, we can design a custom menu based on a customer’s needs,” he said. “We have five top chefs who can provide a menu as formal or informal as desired.”
This holiday season, Rio Concho Catering will also be offering family meal packages, available for pre-order with all the trimmings.
The catering company is operating out of the kitchen of the former restaurant, and Young plans to make the dining room available as a reception area and event space.
“My ultimate plans are to reopen the building as a restaurant, which I will operate in addition to the catering company,” Young said.
Young said he is targeting mid-2013 for the opening of the restaurant. Although he has plans and ideas for the restaurant in mind, he is not yet ready to publicize them other than to say it will be a full-service restaurant and bar. Watch for plans to be revealed in a future article.
Their new website will be launched in the next few weeks, but sample menus and “design your own” options can be viewed at rioconchocatering.com. The company also has a Facebook page that offers more information.
For more information, Young can be contacted at 325-315-8434.
Thanksgiving Day dining options
Are you thinking about dining out on Thanksgiving Day? The following restaurants have contacted the San Angelo Visitor Center to say that they will be open: China Garden, Denny’s, Dunbar East, Fiddle Fire Chuckwagon (reservations recommended), IHOP, Lin’s Grand Buffet, Lowake’s Steak House (by reservation only), McGowen’s @ Rio Concho Manor (reservations for large groups), Miss Hattie’s Restaurant (reservations encouraged), Nacho’s (reservations preferred), Peppercorns, and Kenny Blanek’s Village Café.