Reed said the name for the restaurant came to him when he was 14 years old, and he knew he wanted to open a business one day.
“I had to figure out later what I was going to do with the name,” he said.
The name indicates a timeline that blends traditional values into the present day as he works to build a better future, Reed said.
The restaurateur started out doing mobile delivery around San Antonio and Austin until he was able to finance a permanent location in Schertz.
“I had a case of food, and I would have 30-40 entrees that I would carry to different businesses during the lunch hour to see if they wanted food, and most of the time it sold out,” he said.
During that time, Reed was preparing meals out of his parents’ kitchen and focusing on catering events due to interest from businesses.
The focus of the Zippliners menu is around family meals that are made from scratch every day.
“Our focus is on being a scratch kitchen,” he said. “We have a full setup in the back where we can do baking and pastries, then we have hotline production where we can make sandwiches to entrees and other things like that.”
Popular entrees at Zippliners include the fried chicken, smothered pork chops and meatloaf.
Zippliners offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with any item on the menu available at any time.
The restaurant also offers specials each week that change based on what customers like. Reed said he hopes to expand in the future because restaurant seating is limited.
“Right now, we are a sort of catering or commercial kitchen, so we plan to open a [bigger] brick-and-mortar store,” he said. “We will still be in Schertz and hopefully build from the ground up. And it will feature a hall for catering and more dining space for families, because we get people that want to dine in here, but it is just so small right now.”
Reed said he hopes to help the area continue to grow while providing the food people have come to love.
“We are looking to build up the economy and build a wonderful place for the families and the community, and we look forward to our future plans,” he said.