Just in time for summer fun, new restaurants are springing up in Minden and ready for business.
The 507 Grill has been open since January 15, and business is looking up for owners Shelly Moesch and Curtis Mays. The duo is working on adding to their menu, obtaining their liquor license and extending their hours to include a breakfast menu. They will also install several televisions for patrons to enjoy sports games.
“We really like the hometown feel downtown Minden has,” Moesch said. “And we wanted to give the people in Minden someplace to come that was a little different so they don’t have to drive to Shreveport or Bossier for good food.”
Mays, a Minden native, owned a restaurant in Baton Rouge and decided to open 507 Grill in Minden. The restaurant is the home of the Big Daddy hamburger: one pound of double meat patties between two homemade buns. In fact, all of their food is homemade, even the large selection of cheesecakes and desserts.
507 Grill is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They accept call-in orders on all of their menu items. After Moesch and Mays have their business the way they want, they will hold an official ribbon cutting.
In May, experienced restaurateurs opened another place for Minden residents to enjoy. Habacu’s Mexican Buffet is located on Highway 532 in the old Mom’s Diner Location. Habacu’s is owned and operated by Jeremy Wesson, owner of Minden Seafood and Dorcheat Bar and Grill, and Habacu Morales, manager of Nicky’s in Dixie Inn.
“We have your traditional Tex-Mex, but you’ll also find traditional-type Mexican food you may not be used to,” said Wesson. “If you don’t know what it is, just ask and we’ll be happy to tell you. If we don’t have what you want on the buffet we’ll cook it for you.”
According to Wesson, asking them to cook something may not be needed. Habacu’s Mexican Buffet offers everything Mexican, from beans and rice to tacos and fajitas. They charge $7.99 for their lunch buffet and $9.99 for their dinner buffet. Fajitas are just $2 extra on each buffet. The buffets are all-you-can-eat.
Habacu’s Mexican Buffet is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. The restaurant has applied for a liquor license.
Beanie and Bubba’s Grill
Another restaurant offering homemade food is Beanie and Bubba’s Grill, located in the old Golden Biscuit location on Lee Street. Owners Francis and Barry Phipps have operated several businesses throughout Minden and Dixie Inn, including Huddle House in Dixie Inn.
Beanie and Bubba’s Grill offers homemade food for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they serve pies made from scratch.
They are open seven days a week; Monday-Saturday, and their hours of operation are from 5 a.m.-10 p.m. and on Sunday they open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Another Dixie Inn tradition has returned just a few miles up from its old location. Hamburger Happiness is back and open for business on U.S. Hwy. 80.
Their hours of operation are from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and their Sibley Road location is still in business. Both locations serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Southern Maid Donuts will be served in both locations.