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3 new restaurants to open on Cedar Creek Lake north side; old favorite of lake residents, visitors reopening


David Webb is a veteran journalist who has written for the mainstream and alternative media for three decades. He is now a freelancer who lives in the Cedar Creek Lake area.

CEDAR CREEK LAKE -- Three lakeside cities -- Gun Barrel City, Mabank and Seven Points -- will see the opening of new restaurants in the coming weeks.

Two of the restaurants will be introducing new concepts to the lake and one will be bringing back an old favorite. The Hippie Hut Cafe and Car Hop in Mabank will be opening in mid-March while Pinky's Rock and Roll Grill in Seven Points and Extreme Bar-B-Q -- which is being reopened in a new Gun Barrel City location -- will start serving the middle of this month.

All of the restaurants will serve alcoholic beverages and be open for both lunch and dinner. All of the businesses' managers note they are planning to operate family-friendly businesses.

The Hippie Hut Cafe, which is being opened in Extreme Bar-B-Q's old site in Mabank on Third Street, will be serving specialty hamburgers, sandwiches and salads designed to appeal to health-conscious consumers. The restaurant's theme will be reflective of the hippie era.

"We're bringing back the 60s and the 70s and Woodstock -- the good part of it," said manager Nikki Burks. "We want it to be fun in a friendly atmosphere."

In addition to inside-dining the restaurant will feature carhops in the parking lot, and gazebos are being built on the grass-covered area for people who want to eat outside.

Extreme Bar-B-Q, which is a tried-and-true favorite for many lake residents and visitors, is reopening in Gun Barrel City on Heritage Parkway in the strip shopping center after closing down its Mabank location last year. It is set to open Feb. 15.

The new restaurant will be operated as a cafeteria, said owner Vernon Farrer. Having operated in both Seven Points and Mabank in the past, the restaurant should be more convenient for its regular customers, he said.

"This is better for Cedar Creek Lake and for catching more customers," Farrer said. "It's going to be the same food and the same atmosphere."

There will be Sunday dinner specials in addition to the regular barbecue menu, Farrer said.

Deloney Management Group, a franchise owner of Gatti's Pizza, is now a partner in the family business, and there are plans underway to open Extreme Bar-B-Q locations across Texas, Farrer said. Deloney Management Group is owned and operated by Dallas attorney Bill Deloney and his two sons.

Pinky's is also set to open Feb. 15 on Cedar Creek Parkway in the old Wings location, which is a tin building shaped to resemble an airplane hangar. It will feature large televisions for sports games watching and arcade games in a family-friendly setting. A stage for live music is planned.

"We don't want to attract a rowdy crowd, but we want people to have a good time," said manager Robert Lawrence.

The restaurant will feature hamburgers, sandwiches, salads and other American foods. There will be a lunch special daily.

Pinky's is being opened by the owners of Sutton Produce of Kemp and Forney.

Pictured below is Nikki Burks, manager of The Hippie Hut.

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