When Eugene Reid grew up in Detroit, Michigan, he was inspired by other owners to open a Coney Island restaurant.
In the Detroit area, Reid said, there were many Coney Island restaurants. Part of a military family, Reid ended up in Killeen and fell in love with it.
In 2017, his dream of owning a Coney Island restaurant came true when he opened House of Coney Island on 38th Street in Killeen.
Recently, Reid moved his restaurant from Killeen to 121 W. Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Harker Heights. He opened the Heights location on June 24.
One of the motivations for the move was that the location in Heights is bigger. Currently, he can serve up to 50 people at a time, as opposed to 12 in Killeen.
Known for its Philly cheese steaks, House of Coney Island won four Herald reader awards in 2018. It was voted one of the best in the categories of subs and sandwiches, gyros, wings and comfort food.
At the restaurant, a customer shook Reid’s hand and said, “That was one of the best Phillys I’ve ever had.”
Reid also likes to give back to the community.
“I believe you have to give back to receive,” he said. “I was raised that way, and that’s how it’s going to stay.”
House of Coney Island serves breakfast all day and it has late hours on the weekends. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
“Our busiest time during the day is between 5 and 8 p.m., so it’s kind of like a double lunch rush,” Reid said.
Customers can order food for delivery by calling the store at 254-432-4704 or online through Waitr and Doordash.