TEXAS CITY — It looks like smooth sailing for Texas City’s newest establishment along the renovated 6th Street.
Developer Scott Arnold said he expects his new outdoor bar, America’s Icehouse, to open within a month. A grand opening party will be scheduled sometime after that, he said.
The bar, which is made up primarily of shipping containers and shade sails, is a concept he has been working on for years, Arnold said. The bar will have stage for live music, food trucks, outdoor games, movie screens, free Wi-Fi and will be dog friendly.
It began with the idea of having a semiportable bar, he said. He found the shipping containers that would work, but it wasn’t until he came across the sails about seven years ago that the idea finally came together.
“We started building right after Ike,” Arnold said. “It sat in a steel fabrication shop outside of Pearland for several years while I was looking for the perfect site.”
Arnold was a bit like Goldilocks while he searched for a site. Locations came by that were either too big, too small, too expensive or didn’t have enough traffic, he said.
But eventually Arnold said he found a spot that was just right along Texas City’s 6th Street.
The city has invested time and money to renovate the street. Buildings have gotten face-lifts. The city spent $1.8 million to remodel the Texas City Museum and the street itself was widened and overhauled thanks to $3.1 million from a county road bond.
The city has been helpful in getting his project off the ground and Arnold said he believes the Sixth Street area is prime real estate. He’s bought three other pieces of property along the street and said it reminded him of the Heights neighborhood in Houston in the 1980s.
“There is a lot happening on Sixth Street,” he said. “There’s a lot of opportunity for some entrepreneurs to come in there at a reasonable cost now. I think it is really going to be something.”
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