New restaurants making their way to Denison

Published: Apr. 10, 2019 at 6:18 PM CDT
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Hobo Joe's, a Madill-based restaurant, is set to be built off of Loy Lake Road in Denison, and will serve classic American style food.

However, while one restaurant is coming in to town, another is on its way out.

The Old Mining Camp Smokehouse closed its doors for good on Monday, as the owners of the restaurant tell News 12 they are retiring from the business.

The move left some BBQ lovers upset.

"I'm really upset about it because it was delicious," said Devlon Wortham.

"That kinda sucks because it was really good," said Maria Leyva.

However the city has plans to add up to eight more restaurants in the next year and a half.

"We have enough growth and change in restaurants. That's something that changes from time to time anyway. Fortunately, we have enough restaurants coming in that will offset a loss," said Denison Development Alliance vice president William Myers.

Along with Hobo Joes, Myers says Denison will have new restaurants such as a Boston Fish Supreme restaurant on Austin avenue and a Culvers in the Gateway Village.

"I'm probably going to try every single restaurant Denison is going to get here because I love food," said Wortham.

Myers says each restaurant can have anywhere between 20 to 60 new jobs.

He says these restaurants are choosing Denison because of consumer demand for more options and a growing market population.

"Well generally the market gets excited about new restaurants coming in, a more variety, more choices. So its nice to have those options coming in to Denison proper instead of having them travel within the region to go to a different region, they get choices within Denison," said Myers.

Myers says he expects the restaurant to break ground this summer, and could open during the spring of 2020.