Business Beat: Sunbird Barbecue plans dine-in restaurant | Business Beat

Longview’s Sunbird Barbecue will soon open its first restaurant.

Bryan Bingham and his wife, Kimmy, and David Segovia opened their mobile barbecue business in 2021 after first working at Mobberly Avenue Bodacious Bar-BQ. Segovia’s wife, Kay, also helps out at Sunbird Barbecue.

“We always knew we wanted to go into a brick and mortar,” said Bryan Bingham, and they plan to open their new location, at 415 N. High St., in a few weeks.

The building was most recently home to Cace Kitchen until the business relocated deeper into downtown Longview at 104 N. Green St.

“It’s a nice trailer, but we’re more than capable of what we can do,” Bingham said. Also, without a home, the buyers have nowhere to sit down and eat from the weather.

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Their barbecue pit will be on-site, and he said they also hope to add an outdoor dining area later.

Community support for the business has been “overwhelming,” Bingham said.

“We would be nowhere without the support of the community,” he said.

The Sunbird food truck will remain open for now at Hyundai of Longview, at 3680 US 259, but Bingham said they hope to open on High Street within a few weeks.

Restaurant hours will continue to be 11 a.m. until sold out Wednesday through Saturday, but Bingham said they hope to expand those hours later if business grows.

New El Sombrero location

El Sombrero opened Friday at its new location at 2005 Toler Road in West Longview.

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Mike Kittner opened the first restaurant 22 years ago on McCann Road in the Brookwood Village shopping center. He previously operated locations in Hallsville and Kilgore but sold the one in Hallsville. Kilgore’s restaurant has been closed since a fire in August, and Kittner plans to tear it down and rebuild later.

He also has plans to open a second location in Longview.

The newly opened location, in the former Catfish Village, is nearly twice the size of the McCann Road restaurant at 9,200 square feet, and has a drive-thru and a large bar.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Change of ownership

The Ritz Salon at 1901 Judson Road is under new ownership.

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Claudio Castro and Jeff Pugh bought the salon in late 2022. They learned to sell while working at the Barber Institute.

Pugh works at the salon full time, while Castro continues to work at the Institute full time and then at the salon in the afternoons. She hopes to eventually work at the salon full time.

He’s an ophthalmologist, he said, while Pugh is a barber who also does straight cuts and razors.

“We do all kinds of hair,” Castro said.

Hours are 9am-6pm Tuesday-Sunday and 9am-5pm, and the clinic accepts walk-ins and walk-ins. The hours may be extended later, Castro said.

“We hope we can bring the best to Longview and continue to grow the business,” Castro said.

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