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One bowl of “Big Phil” Palmer’s Cajun gumbo was enough to convince Jerome Karam that Palmer’s restaurant venture deserved a place in Mainland City Centre, in Texas City.
Karam, owner and developer of Mainland City Centre, was impressed with Big Phil’s vision and popularity, as well as the success he has enjoyed with his BBQ food truck, but he had already signed a lease with another BBQ restaurant. Karam asked Palmer what else he could cook.
Big Phil replied, “I do a gumbo that’ll make you forget your mama’s recipé!”
Thus was born the concept of a Creole and Soul Food restaurant at the centre. At 4,700 square feet, it will be the largest African American owned restaurant in Galveston County.
Surrounded by family, friends and supporters, Palmer, Karam and their wives held a groundbreaking ceremony at the new location. In addition to offering a dazzling array of Creole and Soul Food and a full bar, Palmer said that the restaurant will have live music four days a week. This includes a Gospel Brunch every Sunday.