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Posted on: February 2, 2020

Essay Contest Seeks Redevelopment Ideas for Former Johnny Cace’s

Johnny Caces Exterior

Mayor Andy Mack, District 4 Councilwoman Kristen Ishihara, and property owners Drs. Akhuini & Chris Ihionkhan invite you to submit your opinion for the future of 1501 E. Marshall Ave., the former home of Johnny Cace’s Seafood and Steakhouse. Residents are asked to write a short essay answering the question, “What would you like the former Johnny Cace’s site to be?”

Highway 80 is a major east-west corridor that runs through the center of the Longview community. The various stretches of Highway 80 see between 15,000 – 30,000 cars per day. For many years, the Johnny Cace’s Seafood and Steakhouse was a significant destination on Highway 80 for meals, family celebrations, anniversaries, proposals, receptions, and business meetings. The restaurant closed in 2015, and the Cace family later opened “The Cace Kitchen” in a new location at 415 N. High St. 

The Ihionkhans purchased the Marshall Avenue property in 2019, and they are now seeking input and ideas for redeveloping the site for the future. Residents are encouraged to submit their suggestions in an essay contest. Submissions must be received by Friday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m. The essay contest winner will be announced on Sunday, March 8, and will receive a $250 prize. 

“The city almost never plays a role in private development, but it’s great that the Ihionkhans want to hear from the community as they consider what to do with this important, historic property on Highway 80,” Mack said. “Ultimately, it will still be their decision how they want to redevelop the property, but we can’t wait to see the great ideas our residents can come up with.”

Essays should be a minimum of 250 words. Essays may be submitted by mail to Mayor Mack’s Office, PO Box 1952, Longview, TX 75606, or by email to Please include your contact information with the essay submission. 

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