The county has nearly spent the $100 million in federal disaster recovery money for about 750 houses and rental properties.
If you're wondering what the Falcons are doing in the NFL's version of the Final Four with the Patriots, Steelers and Packers, you aren't alone.
Deli downer: Some islanders are mourning the sudden closure of sandwich shop McAlister’s Deli, 6600 Seawall Blvd.
For years, I've had a tradition of turning the Biz Buzz tables on readers. Instead of telling you what I know about retailers and restaurants coming to the county and Clear Lake area, I ask you to tell me what you'd like to see.
As woe continued to churn for the beloved Blue Bell Creamery, a popular island ice cream shop worked to save the day in the Texas Capitol.
Can we call this a Palace coup?
Galveston has long been known to be a welcoming place for gays. So a news report causing a stir on social media and elsewhere was a bit of a surprise.
After months of preparations, Ocean Grille & Beach Bar, 1228 Seawall Blvd. on the island, has fired up the grill.
I’m not going to pretend to know a lot about March Madness, basketball or brackets. But I do know this is pretty interesting.
Some readers were alarmed today when they saw construction crews completely “smashing up” the space that will be home to the island’s long-awaited restaurant serving authentic Indian and Nepali cuisine.
Galveston has made a lot of lists, but recently it made one that helps bolster its family-friendly image.
Plans for a complete makeover of Denny's, 1410 Seawall Blvd., are still on the table, but work hasn't yet begun. And, the restaurant is still open.
I'm bringing back a Biz Buzz holiday tradition. Tell me what store, restaurant or business you'd love to see in your Galveston County or Clear Lake area community.
It’s open. After months of anticipation, Shrimp ‘N Stuff this week debuted its island downtown site, 2228 Mechanic St.
National companies bombard reporters daily with pitches about new products or how they’re making life easier for consumers. I delete a lot of them.
Popular downtown island eatery Yaga’s Café and neighboring bar, Tsunami Exotic Tequila Emporium, are temporarily out of commission after a power pole behind Yaga’s, 2314 Strand, fell Sunday, knocking out electricity.
After a little more than 11 years, Sudie's Seafood House, known for that large neon catfish hanging in the front, has closed its League City site.
When an email arrived in my inbox with news that a limited edition bottle of The Balvenie Fifty, a single malt Scotch whisky valued at $38,000 would be opened and served during a dinner for 12 at Cullen’s American Grille, I immediately perked up.
Not too many businesses want to scare their customers — unless, of course, their business is scaring customers.
Dining options are soon to increase in the island's downtown.
The recent closure of Baywood Foods — Hitchcock’s only grocery store — was bad news for the city’s residents.
An interesting rumor is going around that a five-star restaurant was planned for the long vacant Martini Theatre building in the island’s downtown.
Here’s some spicy dish for anyone who has long wished for an Indian cuisine restaurant on the island.
Island restaurateurs and brothers Larry and Tikie Kriticos were deep into a deal to open a League City restaurant before deciding the property they were keen on just wouldn’t work.
Fans of The Beach Hut, 731 Seawall Blvd., on the island, were hoping the bar and live music venue’s recent closure was only seasonal. Alas, it isn’t.
Biz Buzz is filed for Thursday and I’m already working on next week’s column. One Buzz item of note is about a mother and daughter — Natalie Malphrus and Darcie Malphrus-Schlegel – who have co-written a book “Galveston: Beyond the Beach.”
Details are scarce, but rumor has it that developer Jerome Karam plans to buy yet another vacant department store building at Mall of the Mainland — this time the space formerly occupied by J.C. Penney.
For some island businesses, the end of the busy summer season is a time to regroup and make improvements.
We've been very busy around here working on the launch of the new and improved Coast, which comes out in October with a very different look, feel and name — Coast Monthly.
Owners of Bistro LeCroy are turning to crowd funding to raise enough money to reopen the downtown island restaurant after an Aug. 8 electrical fire.
Department store Palais Royal is making a move in Texas City, but not too far from its longtime spot at the Mall of the Mainland.
I thought I would offer this friendly restaurant reminder after talking to Webster officials, who are worried that nearby construction work might block signage and keep people from knowing that the 12,000-square-foot Luby’s/Fuddruckers at Baybrook Shopping Center is opening today (Aug. 14).
I’ll be out of the office on Monday and won’t have a Tuesday Biz Buzz column. So, I thought I would leave you with some small bites of next Thursday’s Buzz.
Tiempo means time in Spanish and it looks like everyone will have plenty of it as we wait for El Tiempo Cantina to finally open in Webster.
This should get interesting.
Retailer Target last week put itself in the crosshairs of gun advocates by requesting shoppers not bring firearms into its stores — even where local laws allow.
When it comes to craft brew options, our beer steins runneth over.
The island is soon to be home to one of the most popular cupcake franchises in the Houston area.
Something about Galveston lately is striking the right chord with tourists.
Brush up on your chopstick skills.
After sitting empty for two years, the building that formerly housed Macy’s at the Mall of the Mainland has a new owner and fate.
I’ll be on vacation until May 27, but I thought I would ask readers to keep the buzz going. (I will have a Biz Buzz column for Tuesday that's filled with some pretty tasty tidbits.)
Paint purveyor Sherwin-Williams will celebrate its new island building on Wednesday (May 14) with a 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting and 10 a.m. grand opening.
Notice all that activity at the building formerly occupied by Flamingo Steak and Seafood, 6028 Heards Lane on the island?
Crews earlier this month demolished an old Nassau Bay building. A Valero gas station will rise in its place.
An observant reader sent me a photo of an unsavory note that was taped to the former door of Tex-Mex purveyor Don Julio's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 1804 W. FM 646 in League City.
At a time when most regional malls are struggling to stay relevant, Baybrook Mall is planning to add 555,000 square feet to the 1.2-million-square-foot shopping center.
The island got some positive national press this month.
Specialty grocer The Fresh Market is finding competition in the Houston-area market to be a bit bruising.