Seafood/Cajun Delicacies Coming To Purple Oak By way of Te’jun The Texas Cajun
Joe Reid is proof you may have it each methods – Texan and Cajun.
And he’s obtained the restaurant – quickly to be two eating places – to show it.
Reid is the proprietor of Te’jun the Texas Cajun in Robinson, simply outdoors Waco. Quickly, there shall be one other of the identical in Purple Oak. The brand new restaurant is ready to open in late summer season or early fall.
Reid was born in Houston, however he grew-up in a small city in Central-East Texas known as Teague. His mom’s household is from the Bolivar Peninsula space of coast. He spent plenty of time visiting his grandfather, uncle and cousins at Crystal Seaside.
His uncle owned a shrimp boat and his grandfather owned a marina. Reid is an avid fisherman, each at coastal and at native lakes. His household affect in addition to his love for fishing influenced his final curiosity in seafood/Cajun delicacies.
Development Replace On Purple Oak Location
The Te’Jun title is mixture of Texas and Cajun.
“We make Cajun meals however with a Texas contact/twist,” he stated. “Crawfish was our first menu merchandise, together with corn and potatoes. We satisfaction ourselves in having contemporary, prime quality seafood merchandise. We attempt to present it conveniently and at a superb worth level.
“Usually, our mixture plates are usually the preferred. Folks usually have a few favorites, so it permits them to have multiple merchandise.”
Reid was a short-order prepare dinner at a truck cease in Dew when he was 13. He labored the night time shift Friday and Saturday. He believes God was getting ready him for a restaurant later. It created a want to feed individuals, and do it nicely.
Te’Jun began as a meals trailer in 1997 and remained that method for 20 years. His first restaurant possession expertise got here with the opening of Robinson in 2017.
The meals trailer merged a ardour for seafood with Joe’s household’s want for added earnings. Te’Jun was initially solely weekends for a part of the yr. More money was wanted to assist ends meet and to assist construct school fund for daughters.
Extra Than A Meal, An Expertise
However when you have got a success in your fingers, you must fulfill the general public demand. And that’s what he did – and continues to do.
“We’ve got a really loyal following. We’re often requested to develop into extra markets,” Reid stated. “We attempt to make a go to to Te’Jun an expertise past only a meal. We really feel that imaginative and prescient has translated and other people come for that have.”
Together with the upcoming Purple Oak location, Reid stated they’re probably going to open one other restaurant in Fairfield. In any case, if you’ve obtained a dream, you must share it with as many individuals as attainable, Reid believes.
“Te’Jun is a Christ-centered enterprise,” he stated. “Te’Jun could be very a lot an image of the ‘American Dream.’”