Several years ago, the fast food giant Taco Bell, coined the phrase “Think outside the box!” This phrase was meant to convey that Taco Bell is a unique dining alternative to the burger chains that dominate the fast food industry. However many businesses have used this phrase to motivate employees to come up with creative alternatives to succeed that are outside of the business' normal methods of operation. Running a restaurant today is extremely difficult. In order for a restaurant to succeed, thinking outside the box should be treated as an absolute necessity, not just a novel concept. C&C Catfish in Van Buren is doing just that by adding steaks to the menu.
Seafood restaurants appeal to many who enjoy dining out (this examiner included), however seafood restaurants can also be difficult to run in landlocked states. The reason is that since many of the best seafood comes from the open sea, it becomes a costly endeavor to ship these items to the restaurant. This cost is then past on to the customer because the restaurant has to make a profit. As a result, a seafood meal by itself may not be enough to draw in a crowd. That is when the restaurant has to think outside the box to bring in customers.
C&C Catfish has done this by adding two different steaks to their menu, the New York Strip and the Ribeye. Now for those who are asking the question “Well, what does a seafood restaurant know about beef?”, the answer is a lot. Owner Brian Reding only serves steaks that are hand-cut from the loin. Now hand-cut does not mean that the steaks come pre-packaged after being cut, it means that the steaks are cut by hand at C&C Catfish. The restaurant offers their steaks in two sizes: 6 oz and 8 oz. The 6 oz New York Strip costs $14.99 and the 8 oz runs $18.99, while the 6 oz Ribeye retails $15.99 and the 8 oz is priced at $19.99. While this may seem high to some keep in mind that hand-cut steaks are only available at one other restaurant in the area: Doe's Eat Place in Fort Smith. Considering that Doe's is one of the most expensive restaurants in the River Valley, the prices offered by C&C Catfish are pretty reasonable by comparison. Everyone knows that surf and turf is one of the best dining combinations around, so come on in and try a hand-cut steak today and a fresh order of catfish or shrimp.
C&C Catfish is located at #50 Rena Road Van Buren, AR 479-474-2555.
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