Raven's opens second location at bowling alley
March 19, 2017 at 10:45 p.m.
Updated March 21, 2017 at 1 a.m.
A second location of Raven's Family Dining has opened at Woodlawn Bowling Alley on East Red River Street.
Business at the first location on North Navarro Street has been good, so general manager Don Butler and owners Jeff and Jenny Moore decided to open a second location. The grand opening of the restaurant was "washed out" because of construction work by city crews on East Red River Street, Butler said.
Butler and the Moores have at least 55 years of experience between them making pizza and used to work together at Mr. Gatti's Pizza in Victoria.
"Raven's has a good reputation for quality," he said. "We have our homemade pizza here, and we think it's the best in town, and a lot of people do also."
The Moores bought Raven's Family Dining from Butler in 2012 and bought the Woodlawn bowling alley in July and reopened it with the intention of having a second Raven's at that location.
The menu at the second location is different from the original and is geared more toward healthy eaters. Moore offers chicken, tuna and shrimp salad sandwiches. They also sell fruit plates.
"We put seven different kinds of fruit on that thing," Butler said. "You won't find that anywhere else in town. You can get your salad with that or by itself."
The second location can seat about 40 people, and the majority of restaurant customers are bowlers.
To open the second location, Butler and the Moores had to install a counter and ovens and remodel the kitchen. They also repaired the electric wiring. They had planned to open the location sooner, but unexpectedly, the renovation phase lasted more than six months.
"Victoria is really going to appreciate this place as being a family place," Butler said. "We have a great reputation for quality already, and we brought it over here with us."
The bowling alley and restaurant have a wine bar, beer on tap and beer by the bottle. They also sell sangrias and have an arcade area.
"We're going to start doing unique things when we get more customers - like free popcorn with any beverage," Butler said. "It's really going to be good after we let people know we're over here."