One of our awesome local hamburger joints reopened last week. Can I get an “Amen?” We were all doing the “happy dance” in the middle of the family room at the Frantz abode when we heard the news. It is ‘cause that is what we do for every post-Harvey business reopening.
“I heard on social media Fuddruckers was opening back up,” I told the hubster last week.
Finally! For months there have been small and large signs things were moving in the right direction. I felt huge progress was being made when a magic wand made the ginormous dumpster disappear. Poof! It was soon replaced with various contractor panel trucks. Yep … there were definite sparkles of excitement in the air each time I passed on my way to and from an errand. Could you feel it, too? It is another small victory for our recovering community and a huge win for Fuddruckers and all their employees. Residents know all too well there will be many businesses that will not be back.
Geez, I will never forget the day BEFORE Torchy’s came back to life. Before Hurricane Harvey, I would sometimes pick up an order of tacos to go for Taco Tuesday Night at our house. Gotta keep those weekday meals fun!
Torchy’s also happens to be one of my son-in-law’s favorite taco spots. For the past couple of years, we have given Chad a Torchy’s gift card for Christmas. This year it was also wrapped in one of their T-shirts. I think I got a very large, gold-encrusted mother-in-law star this year for that one!
So … the day before their opening, I walked right into the place and headed straight toward the cash register. I was a mother-in-law on a mission. I knew Torchy’s opening meant standing in long lines for the next few weeks and I still had lots of Christmas shopping to wrap up. The manager dude behind the counter looked a little surprised. Like … “What the heck were you thinkin’” kind of look.
“Could you be so kind as to sell me a Torchy’s gift card and a T-shirt?” I politely asked.
Yup … it didn’t happen. Just so you know … you can’t buy stuff BEFORE places officially open.
Did I mention Fuddruckers just happens to be one of our special needs daughter’s most favorite places? And not because Mimi would hug all the busboys if they would let her. I am not certain what it is … they ARE extra friendly and helpful. Perhaps their uniform just screams “I am huggable.”
Our family has been chowing down there for as long as I can remember. The juicy burgers are fabulous, which Mimi cannot eat, but her parents can. Meat has always been difficult for her to chew. But she is a huge fan of their fluffy grilled cheese sandwiches.
We’ve always had challenges finding the perfect eating places for a family meal that is not super-duper fast food. The place also should be spacious enough for wheelchair seating. Tables too close together just don’t work. It should have simple and tasty food for Mimi’s limited chewing ability … and has yummy items on the menu her parents can enjoy. Fuddruckers is one of those perfect family-friendly spots and it is BACK!
The Frantz family will impatiently wait a couple of weeks until the long lines are a tad more manageable. And we are anxiously anticipating our next post-Harvey “happy dance” for all the King’s Harbor restaurants. Won’t that be a happy day?

Dixie Frantz is a Kingwood resident and newspaper columnist for the past 22 years. Email comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also visit Dixie’s blog at

Dixie Frantz
Author: Dixie FrantzWebsite: http://www.lifesloosethreads.comEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I am a long-time Houstonian in love with writing, blogging, travel, quilting and reading. I have written “You Gotta Laugh,” a humorous newspaper column, for the past 21 years. The columns showcase the funny, amusing and sometimes touching slices of life from the suburbs. My writing credentials include more than 430 humorous columns, features and travel stories for The Tribune Newspaper.

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