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The Grill, in Hooks, Texas, is a family affair with Southern flair

by Junius Stone | November 19, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.
Mikki Brigham, right, owner of The Grill, handles lunch rush. Not only does she handle customer service, but the recipes served here are her's. Her mother taught her the craft of cooking. (Staff photo by Junius Stone)

HOOKS, Texas -- The Grill is dishing it out and serving it up and has been since September, when the Brighams opened their doors. Customers coming can look forward to homestyle Southern flavor, delivered with a friendly, "Come back and see us, sweetie," or other Southern, folksy endearments.

"It is all about the flavors of home," said Marcus Brigham, who owns The Grill with his wife, Mikki. After years at Cooper Tire, he got injured (not on the job). While on recovery, Brigham had time to consider the next step, returning to punching the clock or taking a chance on something new.

"I have always thought about restaurant ownership," he said. "So while going through our options, an opportunity arose. We decided to go for it."

Since then, they have been nonstop, as diners have flocked to The Grill, in both their breakfast and lunchtime serving periods.

"Word-of-mouth has been a boost to us," said Brigham. "It helps that Mikki's recipes, taught to her by her mother, have hit the spot with folks here."

Not only does The Grill have a homestyle burger and other sandwich-style menu, but each day brings specials from Mikki's repertoire.

"Depending on the day you visit us, you will find fried ribs, chicken fried chicken and gravy, homemade greens and more," he said. "Home cooking, slow cooking, it is what we do here. It is what it is all about."

The Grill is a family affair, with other relatives helping out in the kitchen to keep the meals in motion. The customers coming in help with the rest.

"The community is very supportive of us and we are grateful for them," said Brigham. "We are happy to be here."

(The Grill is located at 804 Main St., Hooks, Texas.)


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