Owners of Fort Worth's Beacon Cafe on Beach Street look to keep diner's traditions

Originally from Nepal, Sumi Sinkhade and her husband, Marvin Karki, have owned the Beacon Cafe on Beach Street since 2019. (Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)
Originally from Nepal, Sumi Sinkhade and her husband, Marvin Karki, have owned the Beacon Cafe on Beach Street since 2019. (Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)

Originally from Nepal, Sumi Sinkhade and her husband, Marvin Karki, have owned the Beacon Cafe on Beach Street since 2019. (Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The cafe serves both traditional BLTs (bacon, lettuce and tomato) ($7.49) and turkey BLTs ($8.49). (Courtesy Beacon Cafe on Beach Street)
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The specialty pancakes ($3.49 for one, $5.99 for two, $8.99 for three) come with several topping options, including strawberries and cream, pineapple upside-down, blueberry, and banana-Nutella. (Courtesy Beacon Cafe on Beach Street)
Beacon Cafe on Beach Street owners Sumi Sinkhade and her husband, Marvin Karki, have been in the restaurant industry for 12 years, with the last two spent at the cafe in Fort Worth. Before moving to Texas to be near family, they ran a similar restaurant in Iowa, which Sinkhade said competed with IHOP.

Beacon Cafe’s menu focuses on American-style comfort food with some Tex-Mex options. The cafe also features the Aviators Coffee and Espresso Bar, which Sinkhade said is a favorite with customers. In addition to coffee, the bar also serves tea, hot chocolate and fruit smoothies. Although she is not a big coffee drinker, Sinkhade said she loves the coco mint mocha.

“We eat here,” she said. “And we serve the same food to our customers.”

Before moving to the U.S. from Nepal in the 2000s, and prior to their going to work in the restaurant industry, Sinkhade and Karki worked in education. In Iowa, they worked at a gas station and a Walmart until some of their family members opened a new restaurant and brought Sinkhade and Karki on board.

“We didn’t have any other options... we were completely new,” Sinkhade said. “Later on, those family [members] decided to go to ... California. Me and my husband ended up running the place and then we continued [in Texas] till now.”


Sinkhade and Karki are the third owners of the Beacon Cafe, but Sinkhade said the menu has stayed the same. The pair has also built good relationships with their regular customers, she said.

“It’s running in the same way. It’s the same menu, same food,” she said. “We’re welcoming the customers in the same way. ... Business-wise, I hope we’re doing better.”

Beacon Cafe on Beach | 10760 N. Beach St., Fort Worth. 817-741-3262. www.thebeaconcafeonbeach.com Hours: Sat.-Thu. 7 a.m.-2 p.m; Fri. 7 a.m.-2 p.m, 5-9 p.m.
By Kira Lovell
Kira Lovell is a reporter covering Grapevine-Colleyville-Southlake and Keller-Roanoke-North Fort Worth. Before joining Community Impact, she majored in journalism at the University of Missouri and covered education and local arts for the Columbia Missourian and Vox Magazine.


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