Hammer time: Crews have begun work on a 203-unit luxury multifamily complex called Newport on Marina Bend on the northeast corner of Interstate 45 and FM 518 in League City. The work portends a much larger development. Atticus Real Estate is developing the complex, which is meant to be part of a mixed-use project that would include retail, offices, a 100-slip marina, townhouses with water views, restaurants and a boutique hotel.

Atticus earlier this month was preparing to close on the acquisition of 59 surrounding acres to make the larger development a reality, CEO Mark Humphreys said.

Developers for years have had aspirations for the League City tract, with plans for a project called River Bend and before that River Market.

Newport on Marina Bend will be different from any multifamily development League City has seen.

Humphreys describes the design of the complex as modern and edgy. The complex will include a rooftop deck and views of Clear Creek. The entire project encompasses what’s known as a Planned Urban Development that includes housing, recreation and commercial centers contained in one subdivision. When built out, the development will be like a small town, he said.

“It will be a place to live work and play,” he said. While the multifamily complex is underway, the remaining development still is in the planning stages. Stay tuned.

What’s that? All that dirt turning at 22nd Street and Harborside Drive on the island is for a privately owned parking lot. No word on the owner. Stay tuned.

Hot dish: More details are emerging about a new restaurant planned for the island’s downtown. Houston media site Culturemap is serving up more dish about plans by Hubcap Grill owner Ricky Craig, who, with business partner Josh Martinez, is opening downtown island restaurant Harborside Mercantile.

The eatery will serve up po’boys, muffuletta sandwiches, seafood platters and beer and wine in a building previously occupied by Bistro LeCroy, 2021 Strand. Culturemap also reports Chef Allen Duhon, formerly of Haven and most recently of Table 57, H-E-B’s first sit-down restaurant in Houston, will head the kitchen at Harborside Mercantile.

Duhon decided to leave the H-E-B concept in Tanglewood to run the kitchen at the new island restaurant. No word on an opening date. Craig had hoped to open by Dec. 1, but securing a liquor license has slowed the eatery’s debut, Culturemap reports. Stay tuned.

Midday meal: In other savory dining news, island-based The Seafood Depot is now serving its down-home coastal cuisine for lunch. In September, after a 15-year hiatus, Sonny Martini reopened The Seafood Depot, this time at 1017 61st St., for dinner only. Martini wanted to smooth out any service issues before launching the crucial lunch hour, he said.

The Seafood Depot, famous for gumbo, along with po’boys, charcoal broiled seafood and crawfish when in season, is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day except Mondays.

Retail detail: Another retailer has opened in Baybrook Mall, joining the fresh flock of shops and restaurants that have moved into the shopping center, which is undergoing a 555,000-square-foot expansion.

Charming Charlie, a fast-growing women’s contemporary jewelry and accessory retailer, opened a 4,450-square-foot store Tuesday at the mall. Charming Charlie moved to the mall from its previous site at The Baybrook Terrace Shopping Center.

Charming Charlie offers fashion accessories merchandised by color. The Baybrook Mall store will sell fashion jewelry, handbags, small leather goods, scarves, watches, sunglasses, footwear and apparel, a special occasion collection and more.

More than 30 retailers, 10 restaurants and entertainment and hospitality venues have been added to Baybrook Mall as part of the expansion, which was marked with a grand opening celebration last week.

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