Boardwalk Grille opens temporary location, to build $850,000 restaurant on Sabine River

Orange City Council made a motion approving the Economic Development Corporation to enter into an agreement with the Boardwalk Grille for the expenditure of funds for infrastructure improvement in an amount not to exceed $200,000 at its Tuesday, Feb. 27, meeting.

The motion will help move forward the construction of a new $850,000 restaurant on Fifth Street along the Riverfront Boardwalk in Orange, according to restaurant co-owner Lacey Lemoine.

“We have sat in Chamber meetings and talked about economic development and how we could revitalize downtown and if we bring in something of this caliber, what a great asset that would be to us,” Ida Schossow, president of the Greater Orange Chamber of Commerce, told Orange City Council members before the motion was approved. “I was at the (Neches River) Wheelhouse last Friday night and I was thinking, ‘Why can’t we do something like this in Orange?’”

Lacey’s husband Jake has more than 15 years in the restaurant business, which includes helping launch Spanky’s Bar and Grill, also an Orange restaurant, as co-owner.

“It’s always been his dream to have his own place and the opportunity — it just came about — and so we took it full force,” Lacey said. “We’ve always been here, and we just want to see Orange continue to grow. … Orange does not have a waterfront property like this. People have been talking about these kinds of things for years and years, and so we’re just really excited to be able to invest and to do this.”

Boardwalk Grille has opened a temporary location in the old Barking Dog Coffee Lounge at 109 Fifth St., after renovating the building, until its new location is built across the street on the Sabine River, she said.

“At the temporary location, we’ll do a Monday-Friday lunch and we’ll have several menu items that will eventually transfer over to the new restaurant when construction is complete,” Lacey said. “We’ll also have a Monday-Friday evening where we’ll do crawfish and shrimp.

Lacey said lunch items may include but not be limited to sandwiches, salads, soups, specialty tacos, specialty nachos etc. and business hours for lunch are from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. She added that evening hours are yet to be determined.

The Lemoines hope to break ground this September and complete construction of the restaurant in spring 2019. The contractor for the job is G&G Enterprises Construction Corp. The 3,000-square-foot-restaurant will also include a 2,000-square-foot patio, Lacey said, adding that it will create 15 full-time jobs, 20-25 part-time jobs and estimated sales tax revenues of $37,000 annually. The restaurant is projected to earn $2.5 million in annual sales, according to Lacey.