Texas Tom’s on Troost closes after two months

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Well, it seemed like a good idea: Two months ago, restaurateur Ali Nazeem, who owns and operates the Texas Tom’s franchise at 6950 Prospect, took over a vacant storefront at 3360 Troost to open a second location of the fast-food venue.

There is now a “For Rent” sign taped to the front window.

When The Pitch reported on the opening of the restaurant, Nazeem said he thought the location, next to a busy liquor store, would have a lot of potential. Two months later, he has changed his tune.

“I didn’t realize that the other Texas Tom’s on Linwood, which is less than a mile away, would take so much of the business. It was just too close.”

The Texas Tom’s location at 709 East Linwood had been a neighborhood staple since 1972, serving this snack shop’s eclectic menu of cheeseburgers, Italian steaks, tacos, gyro sandwiches, hot dogs, whole fried catfish dinners, hot chicken wings, and a seafood basket with fried fish and shrimp. The Linwood store closed in 2010 and was reopened last year by Javaid Chaudhri and Arshad Chaudhri.

Before Nazeem took over the 3360 Troost storefront, it had been a short-lived soul-food restaurant called Teeshia’s Taste Cafe.

Nazeem’s Texas Tom’s restaurant on Prospect is still open.

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink