When the prior tenants vacated the location that is now Magnolia Eats & Treats, owners Craig and Jennifer Lobel originally planned to semiretire, they said. But seeing a need for a family-oriented venue, the couple decided to open Magnolia Eats & Treats, Jennifer said.

“What we would see, like in the evenings especially, [were] lots of families but nothing really geared towards children,” Jennifer said. “So we decided to open something that could be things that children like to eat but also add to the menu things adults like to eat.”

Jennifer said the flooring of the space, a black and white checkered design, was inspired by an old-fashioned soda fountain.

“The logo is what then drove the rest of the decor,” Jennifer said. “I have all the ideas, and my husband makes it all happen.”

Magnolia Eats & Treats opened Dec. 4, 2021, in The Culinary Courtyard off Tamina Road, Jennifer said.

Along with ice cream and candy, the restaurant’s menu includes fried food, such as cheeseburgers and corn dogs, Jennifer said.

“It’s a one-stop shop,” Jennifer said. “You can eat your lunch, your dinner and your dessert all in one space.”

Magnolia Eats & Treats also offers salads, and nearly everything on the menu can be gluten free, Jennifer said.

“We are like the darling of the gluten-free foodie page because no matter what it is, we try to make it gluten free,” Jennifer said. “People will come in, and they’ll say, ‘This is the first onion ring I’ve had in years. This is the first funnel cake I’ve had since I was diagnosed [with] celiac [disease].’”

When it comes to the customers, Jennifer said her and Craig’s goal is to make sure everyone has a great experience.

“Experience means it’s what you feel every single time you go in,” Jennifer said. “It’s not about service; it’s about experience.”

Magnolia Eats & Treats

32907 Tamina Road, Ste. D, Magnolia



Hours: Tue.-Thu. 3-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., closed Mon.-Sun.