Plans keep changing for the restaurant at the restored Haltom Theater, and it may take a while to establish the adjoining lunch-and-dinner cafe.
Retired Clown Burger owner Bill Louthan is the latest to walk out of a cooking gig at the 78-year-old moviehouse. He was grilling sliders with queso that were very much like the simplest burgers served at his family’s nearby grill on Stanley Keller Road.
Plans for an Enchiladas Ole expansion also have been canceled.
For now, the menu is still a disjointed selection of items such as a cheesesteak “Haltom hoagie,” a stuffed sausage, nachos or street tacos.
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Some of the prices still seem more like you’d find at a concert concession stand. Two simple street tacos sell for $10; same for the tiny, barren slider, just beef and queso on a bun with a few fries.
The restaurant did not have basics last weekend such as iced tea. I asked for hot sauce with the tacos; the server brought sriracha.
All this will work out in time. The owners have been busy getting a performing arts theater open, and the restaurant will improve.