Hook and Reel

A new road sign for Hook & Reel restaurant in Killeen was recently put up a few weeks ago.

A new seafood restaurant in Killeen took another step forward in the opening process.

Recently, Hook & Reel, a Flushing, New York-based seafood chain, put up a new road sign a few weeks ago and is now one step closer to opening its doors.

Hook & Reel occupies the property at 1701 E. Central Texas Expressway, a building which once housed El Chico, which closed in March of 2018 and has been vacant for nearly two years.

According to the menu on the company’s website, the restaurant’s specialty is a seafood boil with a choice of various items, such as multiple types of crab, crab legs, lobster tail or whole lobster, shrimp, crawfish, scallops and mussels.

The Killeen location is just one of several in the company’s expansion project.

Originally with 25 restaurants in 14 states, after the expansion it will have 74 locations in 22 states, according to the company’s website.

The expansion includes five locations in Texas which includes the Killeen location.

Neither the restaurant’s Facebook page, nor the company’s website, specify the opening date for the Killeen restaurant. The phone number on the Facebook page goes to the Hook & Reel in Houston.

Once open, Hook & Reel will be competing with two other seafood restaurants within close proximity — Pier 7 Juicy Seafood & Bar, which opened May 17 and Red Lobster, which has been in Killeen for decades. All three restaurants will be on the same side of the highway within half a mile of each other.

csmith@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7562

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Cade Smith joined the Herald in July 2020. He is a 2020 graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas graduating with a Bachelor's of Science in Communication (Journalism) with a minor in Criminal Justice.

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