Sunday, May 26, 2024

The Fisherman’s Corner is reeling in tourists, locals

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Angelika Wright was eating at a fish restaurant during a trip to WinStar World Casino & Resort in Oklahoma when she had a revelation.

“I looked at the menu and then I said, you know what, I know exactly what we’re going to do with that restaurant,” she said.

Angelika was referring to 101 E. Pearl St. on the square, where she and her husband Nathan had operated their popular German restaurant, Ketzler’s Schnitzel Haus and Biergarten, before moving it to the other end of the square, in the space vacated by Linda’s Southern Kitchen.

The businesswoman’s revelation was that the people of Granbury would probably love to have a fish place, what with the lake and all. And she felt confident that she could do it right.

“My mom is from the Mediterranean, and in Germany we eat a lot of fish, so I was introduced to fish since I was little,” she stated.

So, fish it was.

The Fisherman’s Corner, Angelika and Nathan’s newest business venture, opened the first weekend in March. It quickly became popular with tourists and locals alike.

“We got a great response,” Angelika said. “People are so happy. It’s what everybody was really wanting, you know, what Granbury needed.”

She added, “I tell you one thing, we have a lot of locals who are supporting us – a lot of locals. Since they know us from Ketzler’s, they know what kind of establishment we have over there (and) the trust was there right away. They knew we were running our business right. And our food is very good.”

Ketzler’s has been serving up plates of bratwurst and schnitzel for more than eight years now.

Favorite menu items at The Fisherman’s Corner are the fish and chips and the coconut shrimp, but grilled salmon, calamari and mahi-mahi tacos are high on the preferred list as well, according to Angelika.

There is a lunch and dinner menu. The lunch menu includes fish and chips (filet of cod fried in house beer batter and served with homemade tartar sauce and fries, $14), a Po’ Boy sandwich (hand-breaded shrimp, scallops, cod or catfish served on a hoagie, $14) and a jardin salad (bed of greens topped with strawberry, cucumber, shallot and feta, $8).

The dinner menu includes plates with veggies. Choices include a New York strip ($30), bone-in pork chop ($28), salmon filet ($25) and grilled mahi ($25).

The kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with the bar open later.

The restaurant has a seating capacity of 124. There is room inside for 54 diners, and open-air seating out back for another 50. The front of the establishment has seating for 16, which allows for people watching and taking in the bustling historic square.

There is sometimes live entertainment.

Reservations can be made by calling 682-279-8023.

“We’re very pleased with the way it’s been going,” said Nathan. “Business has been good, and we’re getting very good reviews through social media and otherwise, and we just feel good about it. We’re happy that our customers are pleased with the way the restaurant’s turned out.”