Wrong turn leads couple to new life in Van Alstyne

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

VAN ALSTYNE, Tex. -- The city of Van Alstyne is always looking for ways to bring people to the growing community. Some say a new restaurant would do that, but the fact the city has a new restaurant isn't what makes this story so special. It’s how the owners arrived in Van Alstyne.

Steve and Fonda Clumsky have been in the restaurant business for eight years and wanted to continue it when they moved to a new city.

They are doing that, just not in the city they had expected.

Take a stroll through downtown Van Alstyne and you'll find a new restaurant called The Rib Joint. It is situated in a 100-year-old building, but when you're inside you wouldn't know it.

The new interior just might be part of the plan.

"There’s not a question in my mind when we left Plano, Texas, God took a hold of that steering wheel and brought us here," Steve says.

The Clumskys owned a restaurant in the small Texas panhandle town of Parraton, but after nearly a decade, they wanted a change.

"Honestly, we came down here to find some place a little bit warmer, and we got lost and came to Van Alstyne and fell in love with the community and never left," says Steve.

Friends suggested them look into towns just east of McKinney along Highway 380, but as they drove up Highway 75, they never saw 380 and ended up in Van Alstyne.

"They came in and literally had no idea where they were going. We hit it up, made a real friendship immediately, and I wouldn’t let go of them," friend Linda Oliver says.

In a matter of six month, they sold their old restaurant, moved to Grayson County, and opened the doors to The Rib Joint on Wednesday morning.

"Some things in life are just destiny, and no matter what you do to mess it up you get directed in the right direction, and I think coming to Van Alstyne is one of the right things to do," Steve says.

"We have never looked at each other and said are ‘We’re making a mistake’."

The Rib Joint is open six days a week and is closed on Sunday.

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