JACKSON TWP. two new restaurants and one returning restaurant are slated to open mid to late March in the Lake Cable area.
Kim and Scott Shapiro are bringing their popular eateries, TD’s Tailgate Grill and Twisted Citrus, along with opening a new 3 Gringos to 5382 Fulton Road in the Cable Shores Plaza.
The couple own TD’s and Twisted Citrus in North Canton and the TD’s and Cavatelli’s on West Tuscarawas Street in Canton.
Kim Shapiro said she and her husband have received a lot of positive feedback about opening the new locations, especially the Three Gringos. She said they have a new business model for opening the three eateries next to each other.
"TD’s is open for lunch and dinner and later in the evening, while the Twisted Citrus is only open for breakfast and closes at 2 p.m.," Kim said "Both restaurants share the same kitchen area. Both have their separate lines but share things like freezer space, storage and other areas. For the new location, we will switch the Twisted Citrus over to Three Gringos between 2 and 4 p.m. and open for business as 3 Gringos at 4 p.m."
The dining area of Twisted Citrus will get the décor on the walls changed out every afternoon. Plus, some of the serving items will be switched to change it from a breakfast eatery to one that fits the Mexican food and evening crowd. The same kitchen area used by Twisted Citrus during the morning hours will be used for Three Gringos in the evening.
There will also be specialty lighting to help build the ambiance for each. Kim Shapiro said Three Gringos will have a familiar menu but will have "an urban modern interior."
Reopening the Three Gringos was Scott’s Shapiro's idea. Kim Shapiro said her husband had visited the original restaurant, which was at 5624 Fulton Drive, and remembered how popular it was in the 1980s and 90s. The two decided to bring it back to the area.
"We are working on the menu to get it as close as possible to the previous menu. We’re working with Don Jones and his niece, Keely Wigfield, to implement as many of the previous menu items as we can. Scott and I hope we do it justice," Kim Shapiro said.
Jones co-owned the Three Gringos with his sister Kathy Jones-White and was the chef. Kim Shapiro said the TD’s, a sports-bar theme-restaurant, will open first in mid-March. Twisted Citrus and Three Gringos will open 10 to 14 days later.
Kim Shapiro said TD’s menu is a traditional menu with a few extra surprises including a large entrée section with selections such as fish tacos and grilled fish. Twisted Citrus has a breakfast menu with quirky names and combinations of pancakes.
"I do the menu for Twisted Citrus and we wanted it to have a coastal vacation feel to it," she said. "We make the bread used for our French toast. We offer nine breakfast sandwiches and it’s just a fun menu with great food."
Twisted Citrus’ menu offers naked gridles, banana split cakes, fat Elvis French toast, book ‘em Danno omelet and Spuds McKenzie omelet among others. There’s also a few "twisted" specialties such as morning tacos, green eggs and Sam and modern morning.
Kim Shapiro said she and her husband have been successful with the restaurants because they look at the competitive restaurant market in the area and come up with ideas that are unique and sets them apart. Plus, the business market of sharing kitchen space is one they believe is workable and a marketable business model.
"We will be employing between 40 and 50 full and part-time employees, "she said. "And, we are taking applications right now for all positions. Our website at www.tdstailgategrill.com has the application."