Tag Archives: Dixie’s

From two who know, Thai food on the Heights

16 Apr

I’m still hoping to hook up with Kyle or Jess Miller to learn more about sale of Dixie’s Southern Grub. A friend of ours named Sergio, who has spent some time in numerous local kitchens, tells us the deal is done.

No sooner do I post than I get a shout out from Realtor Julie Gilbert, who has brokered the sale and knows something of what’s up. The papers will be signed Friday; sale closes Monday.

She says the transition to a lifestyle more family-friendly than restaurants has been coming for a bit. Kyle has been working with Food Services of America. With two young children, “normal” has taken on more appeal to the Millers.

Up next? Apparently, buyers Annie and Lone Keopaseuth plan to open a Thai food place. Julie says they’re great people, have been cooking Thai for friends in Hood River for years, and have several family members slingin’ that good Thai flavor in Portland.

I’ll hook up with them as soon as their schedule allows time for a chat, and try to learn more about their plans. Gilbert says they plan a brief closure to get the interior to their liking.

Dixie’s will be missed — good people, good fried chicken and price points. It’s been a tough time to run a restaurant, what with people cutting back. Kyle and Jess gave that seemingly star-crossed structure its best shot in years. Good luck in landing well, K&J.

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Recent business comings and (they’re trying to be) goings …

1 Apr

Little scraps of paper you find in your pocket after traipsing around town … Dixie’s Southern Grub (the business, not the building) on the Heights is for sale. Kyle and Jess are asking $50K. Sad news. Really nice people, gave it a good shot. … A stone’s throw east — across the block between 13th and 12th — comes a new eatery, not quite in the same league. It’s a teriyaki chicken place, in the mini-mall across from U.S. Bank. We’ve asked for details, but haven’t heard back yet (man, this is becoming the cheap-eats zone, anchored by Mexican-themed eateries including HR Taqueria, Fiesta El Botanero, Juanita’s, El Monte Taqueria farther south near Bryant Pipe, and  Puerto de Angeles, formerly El Tapatio) … Want to get into the business of selling a little of this, a little of that, much of it to visitors looking to take home a taste of Hood River? Then you should buy The Gift House at 204 Oak Street from Serena and Steve Erspamer. The business (not the building) is listed at $50K. … Word on the street is that another downtown business is also looking for a buyer. No names yet, until I can confirm, but it’s a great location.