The first time Anna Liu stepped foot into Katy’s Snappy’s Cafe & Grill last winter, she said she had a good feeling.

On Christmas Day, less than two months later, the Houston resident made an offer to buy the diner, and the change in ownership became official June 1.

“As soon as I walked in the door, people were so friendly—they were joking around and clearly cared about each other,” she said. “Sometimes, things just feel right.”

Longtime owners Bobby Katsabas and Alex Tsounakas, who opened Snappy’s nearly 20 years ago, have retired, Liu said. While Liu said she is excited to take over the community staple, she wants to reassure residents that she does not plan to change a thing.

“I understand people are worried about changes, but to me, the menu works; the ambience works; and the business side works, thanks to the previous owners,” she said. “I want to continue that.”

As she learns the new role, Liu said she will prioritize learning the ins and outs of Snappy’s and more importantly learning the ins and outs of the Katy community.

“I know it’s a place people love to come and enjoy, and I want to do my part to help build a community where we can share resources and build one another up,” she said.

Katy City Council Member Chris Harris, who called Snappy’s the meeting spot for people in the community, said he feels Liu will have the same rapport with customers as the previous owners did.

“Snappy’s restaurant is a staple of Katy and hometown life in Old Katy. ... Anna is friendly and has the same concept as the original owners,” he said.

Snappy’s is open for breakfast and lunch. It serves a variety of American staples, such as sandwiches and omelets.

Snappy’s Cafe & Grill

5803 Hwy. 90, Katy


Hours: Sun. 6 a.m.-2 p.m.,

Mon.-Sat. 6 a.m.-3 p.m.