Michael Knobelock has been working since he was 10 years old. “I’ve mowed yards, filled convenience store coolers, bussed tables and sold newspaper subscriptions and yellow pages ads,” says Michael. “I’ve always believed in working and saving money.”
When Michael was 25, a friend had an idea…Micheal should buy a convenience store that recently went up for sale. Mike says, “My parents loaned me the money and we negotiated the equipment and reopened the store. My wife Patty and I worked seven days a week…Patty took the day shift and I took nights. The store was extremely successful, but it was just a job–not a career–and we wanted more. We sold the store and opened a Church’s Chicken. A year and half later we opened a second location.” Today, Mike and Patty own 43 Church’s Chicken’s, 21 Little Caesar’s, two Captain D’s, three Sears Appliance stores, and their own concept…Dekker’s Mesquite Grill in Fulshear.
“We first came up with the idea of Dekker’s,” says Mike, “because we wanted another nice restaurant in our community. A place for our family and friends to meet and enjoy great food prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients possible.” And that’s exactly what Dekker’s has been giving the people of Fulshear and the surrounding areas since 2012. With not one, but two renowned chefs in house, it is truly a chef-driven restaurant. All beef is certified Angus beef, and the fish is fresh, never frozen–the salmon is flown from Scotland and filleted in house. It’s all cooked Texas style–on a mesquite grill over an open fire–and accented with delicious sides, dressings and sauces…all made fresh, in house. “Our house-made yeast rolls are famous and we have a fabulous main menu,” says Mike. “In addition to favorites like steaks, smashed potatoes, and fried seafood, you’ll find five or six fresh specials daily…so there’s always something new to try.” And with live acoustic music on the patio Wednesday to Friday and an extensive wine list, Dekker’s is the place to take the kids and enjoy a relaxed, yet upscale night out.
“I’ve spent my life working for the things I love and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon,” says Michael, “but there’s always time for the finer things in life. There’s nothing better than friends and family bonding over fabulous food. Work hard, enjoy life – drop by anytime!”