When Melinda Faust and her sister, Melissa, began operating Mels’ Seafood Shack out of a food truck three years ago at 2521 N. Durham Dr., serving up boiled seafood and po-boys was a labor of love.
“I always wanted to try it,” said Melinda Faust, who has had a full-time job in the oil and gas industry for the past 20 years. “But it’s taken more and more of my time and I’m a single mom.”
For those reasons and others, the popular seafood stop has closed. Melissa decided to move back to Louisiana, and Melinda said the restaurant just couldn’t operate out of the truck anymore.
“We outgrew the food truck and the next step was to move into a brick-and-mortar building,” Melinda said. “At the present time, we couldn’t take it to the next level. We’d been operating six months out of the year only on weekends. It was time to close.”
While the sisters thought to lease the property for a time, it is now under contract to sell to an undisclosed buyer.
“It was a great business to be in,” Melinda said. “We won The Leader’s Choice for best seafood two years running. People would drive in from Pearland to eat. The phone still rings off the hook. It makes me a little sad.”
But the door is not completely closed for Melinda to re-enter the restaurant business.
“Never say never,” she said.
Above all, she appreciates all who came and enjoyed the food there over the years.
“Thank you to all who supported Mels’,” Melinda said. “You made us a success.”