Walk-On’s announces opening date, details for Port Arthur restaurant

first_imgIt’s been well more than a year in the making, and now Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux has a date set for its newest location.Located at 2729 Jimmy Johnson Blvd. in Port Arthur, the restaurant opens to the public on Jan. 11.Last month, the signature sports bar and family friendly restaurant announced it was seeking up to 225 individuals to join its team. Interested candidates were encouraged to apply at walk-ons.com/careers.Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux includes 10,700-square-feet of space, more than 80 TVs, an expansive patio and a variety of local beers on tap. (Candace Hemelt/The News)With a talented staff now in place, Franchisee C.O. Vallet said they are very excited to introduce Walk-On’s Louisiana-inspired menu to Port Arthur, Mid-County and beyond. “Port Arthur is very close to the Louisiana border, so we feel confident that the community will become big fans of Walk-On’s signature Cajun cuisine served in a family-friendly, game-day atmosphere,” Vallet said last month.The grand opening fun includes free mini footballs autographed by New Orleans Saints superstar and Walk-On’s Co-Owner Drew Brees and a chance to win free Walk-On’s for a year.The 10,700-square-feet restaurant features more than 80 TVs, an expansive patio and a variety of local beers on tap.When the restaurant opens, it will be the first Walk-On’s in Port Arthur, 15th in Texas and 46th systemwide. Each dish is made from scratch, using fresh ingredients to bring its mouthwatering, Cajun cuisine to life.The diverse menu features unique twists on game-day staples and upscale takes on Louisiana mainstays, such as crawfish etouffee, duck and andouille gumbo and Krispy Kreme donut bread pudding. For a complete menu, locations and more information, visit walk-ons.com.When Valet announced the project in 2019, he told Port Arthur Newsmedia of the special meaning behind its location. His wife, Cindy, is a Port Arthur native and 1972 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School.last_img read more

Moving Checklist

first_imgSix weeks prior to moveContact a real estate agent in the local area. Start by looking in the Military Buyer’s Guide of this publication.Obtain quotes from moving and self-service companies and gather DIY estimates. Decide on the type of move best for your circumstances.Determine employer-covered expenses.Four weeks prior to moveCheck the preregistration procedures to enroll children in school. Get children’s transcripts, textbook list and a copy of their current school’s grading system. Ask teachers to write descriptions of each student’s achievement level, interests and any unusual courses taken.Request that copies of all family members’ medical and dental records and birth certificates be sent to your new home. Don’t forget your pets’ veterinary records.Notify the post office of your new address and obtain a change-of-address kit. Send change-of-address cards to friends, subscription services, creditors, alumni associations, the Department of Motor Vehicles and insurance companies.Begin packing seldom-used items and dispose of unwanted items through charities — get receipts for tax purposes.Contact the IRS for forms and regulations regarding tax-deductible moving expenses.Transfer or arrange for insurance to cover your home, furnishings and automobile.Three weeks prior to moveArrange to have appliances, utilities, newspapers, laundry, phone and cable television disconnected. Check on deposits. Set up connections at your new home.Make travel arrangements.Two weeks prior to moveHandle bills, stocks, investments and banking transfers.Arrange to transport pets and plants. Some states prohibit certain plants, so research before you move.Clean cupboards and plan remaining meals so you can pack what you don’t need.One week prior to moveDiscontinue delivery services such as the newspapers.Clean and sort items in the garage and attic.Clean out your safety deposit box and place all valuables and documents together. If the items can’t be replaced, carry them with you.Two days prior to moveDefrost and dry refrigerators and freezers.Arrange for cash or traveler’s checks for trip expenses and payment to the mover upon delivery.Reconcile and close checking account. Withdraw savings.Conclude any financial matters relating to the lease or sale of your home.Pack luggage. Set aside items you will need immediately upon arrival — a few dishes, pots and pans, towels, soap, bedding, light bulbs, flashlights and toilet paper.Leave a forwarding address with new tenant or neighbor.Moving dayConfirm your delivery date with your mover and provide directions to your new residence as well as primary and secondary contact numbers or email addresses.Pay close attention to the mover’s paperwork. You will need to sign it upon completion of loading and then unloading at your new residence.Supervise the movers to make sure your instructions are understood. Review any damage to your belongings noted by the moving foreman or supervisor.Double-check your residence for forgotten items before leaving.Move-in dayClear and mark paths to all rooms to help the movers place the boxes.Supervise unloading.Note any damage to your boxes or furniture.Review paperwork carefully to make sure all your belongings arrived.last_img read more

Samurai Steakhouse plan approved, without required parking

first_imgDowntown Farmington will soon have a new sushi restaurant, a Japanese steakhouse, 15 apartments – and a greater demand on parking.Council members on Monday approved a preliminary site plan and Planned Unit Development (PUD) agreement for Samurai Hibachi & Sushi, located just east of Grove Street. An existing, two-story structure at at 32821 Grand River and a new, four-story building will be connected by a patio with outdoor seating.RELATEDSUSHI, STEAKHOUSE PLAN MOVES ON TO FARMINGTON COUNCILJAPANESE STEAKHOUSE PROJECT HITS PARKING SNAGSNEW RESTAURANT OWNER WILL PAY TO MOVE FARMINGTON BARN admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The agreement allows the developer to provide 31 new spaces on site, though the city’s zoning code requires a total of 91 for the restaurants and housing. The code gives officials an option to count public parking spaces located nearby to help meet the requirement, Economic and Community Development Director Kevin Christiansen said.Samurai meets three conditions to qualify for the PUD, Christiansen said, with a pedestrian-oriented design, high quality architecture, and shared vehicle access between two buildings.“The petitioner did make an attempt to see if there was a way to use adjacent private parking,” he said. “They’ve really taken a hard look at the best design for what this situation would be.”Council member Maria Taylor during a pre-meeting study session and the regular meeting said some cities have required developers to build parking off-site or to pay an impact fee to mitigate parking deficits.Taylor wanted to add one of those requirements to the PUD agreement, but city attorney Tom Schultz said that kind of condition would typically be negotiated with the developer.“It’s kind of a bit hard to spring something on an applicant at a meeting,” he said. “Unless the language to be added to the agreement is just aspirational, I’m not sure you’d want to add something substantial.”Taylor moved to table any action pending discussions with the developer; the motion failed for lack of a second.Mayor Steven Schneemann pointed out that downtown Farmington hasn’t seen new retail construction in at least 20 years. He said the city will have deal with parking “in a bigger picture way,” adding that the advent of ride sharing services has made parking “a different kind of asset.”Mayor Pro Tem Sara Bowman also noted that Xie Zheng LLC had invested thousands of dollars to preserve a historic barn on the property.“That really shows me they want to be a strong community partner. What we are getting back is additional vibrancy in our downtown,” she said. “I think we’ve seen other businesses in town that we’ve made accommodations for that have not only survived but thrived. I’m very comfortable with this plan as presented.” “The community is ready for you to open,” council member Bill Galvin said. “I think it’s been duly noted… we need to keep talking about parking in downtown Farmington.”The conditional plan and PUD agreement  were approved on a 4-1 vote; Taylor dissented.“I’m not voting no because I think it is a bad development,” she said. “I just think there’s more work to be done to get this to a place where I would like to approve it. I think this was an opportunity that was missed.”During the study session, officials asked Murphy to get the city’s parking committee involved in a review of current parking requirements. Reported bylast_img read more

Ibrahimović welcomes ‘top-level’ Milan challenge

first_imgMILAN (AP):Zlatan Ibrahimović is giving himself six months to see if he can still play elite-level football with one of Europe’s storied clubs.The 38-year-old striker was presented by AC Milan yesterday after signing a deal until the end of the season with an option to extend for another year.“These six months will be key to see if I’m in form and can provide results. Otherwise I’m not going to stay just to be here. That doesn’t interest me,” Ibrahimović said. “The challenge of being at the top level provides me with a lot of adrenaline.“I haven’t seen many 38-year-old footballers return to a club like this. But if they’ve signed me, it means they believe in me. It’s a test for me to see if I’m doing the right thing. … I received more requests at 38 than I did at 28.”Ibrahimović said his children helped him select the No. 21 shirt. He could make his debut against Sampdoria at the San Siro on Monday.Returning to the club he left nearly eight years ago, Ibrahimović is being counted on to make an immediate impact on a team in 11th place and still reeling from a 5-0 loss to Atalanta – Milan’s biggest Serie A defeat in more than two decades.“Milan is still Milan. History can’t be changed,” Ibrahimović said of the seven-time European champions. “I’m coming to help the club. We can do much more, but let’s go one match at a time. It’s a marathon, not a 100-metre sprint.”Added Zvonimir Boban, Milan’s chief football officer: “I wouldn’t want to forget about the (Atalanta) match, which was an unacceptable defeat. We shouldn’t hide behind Zlatan’s broad shoulders. We need to change the direction of this season, and we hope that his presence will help us.”Ibrahimović helped Milan to its last Serie A title in 2011. He has since played for Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, and the LA Galaxy.“Milan is like my home,” he said. “It brings me back to the joy of playing football.”last_img read more