Fortune telling: Reading the future of Texas City’s Fortune Chinese, which earlier this year abruptly closed, hasn’t been easy.

But there are signs the eatery, 3118 Palmer Highway, won’t be closed for long. Galveston County Health District listed Fortune Chinese as a “new opening inspection” Wednesday in The Daily News.

Restaurant owners could not be reached for comment. Fortune Chinese closed in August over an apparent lease dispute.

The landlord, via a notice on the door, asserted the eatery’s owners were in default under certain lease agreements and “payment in full of the delinquent amount of $127,496.32 was a prerequisite to any possibility of reletting these premises.”

Fortune Chinese Restaurant, which had been around for at least two decades, was known for affordable fare.

Readers in various online reviews raved about the General Tso Chicken and other dishes. Stay tuned.

Sixth Street update: Meanwhile, look for Texas City’s Sixth Street to get more stylish. Heather Rasco plans to open Heather’s Home Décor at 611 Sixth St. N.

Rasco wasn’t immediately available for comment, but had recently requested from the city a review and approval of her boutique and home design studio.

If all goes as planned, Rasco will join already opened El Cubano Cigars at 520 Sixth St. N. and America’s Icehouse. The icehouse, a concept by attorney and businessman Scott Arnold, is underway and being built with modified shipping containers at 622 Sixth St. N.

Texas City officials have invested millions of dollars in infrastructure to lure shops to the street that in its heyday was the city’s retail center. Stay tuned.

Edge of our seats: If you missed front-page news today, Mall of the Mainland is shuttering most of the beleaguered shopping center Feb. 1.

But moviegoers are likely relieved by news that Cinemark Movies 12 will remain open at the mall, 10000 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, officials said.

Meanwhile, previously buzzed rumors are heating up that Cinemark is planning a theater near shopping center Tanger Outlets, 5884 Interstate 45 in Texas City.

It’s unlikely that Cinemark would have two Texas City sites. Cinemark also operates an 18-screen movie theater in Webster.

Big screen scene: When it comes to mainland movie theater news, observers have been on the edge of their seats.

Officials with Dallas-based Studio Movie Grill are mum about the status of a planned $9 million, 12-screen movie theater in League City.

Studio Movie Grill in August 2012 announced plans to develop the theater on a 6-acre parcel on the northeast corner of Interstate 45 and Victory Lakes Drive.

But real estate negotiations reportedly bogged down. Still, League City officials haven’t called it a wrap — yet.

And they also report interest from other movie theater chains scouting sites.

“We have not heard from Studio Movie Grill for a while,” Owen Rock, manager of economic development for League City said.

“We never say a project is off the table until they say they are.

“However, there are a couple of other movie theaters also interested in our area.” Stay tuned.

Rising destination: For those who missed last week’s Buzz Blog,, Galveston’s star is rising.

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, announced last week the winners of its 2013 Travelers’ Choice Awards for “Destinations on the Rise.”

The awards highlight spots globally that have seen the greatest increase in positive traveler feedback and traveler interest year-over-year.

Here’s how the island ranked in the U.S. category.

1. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

2. Anchorage, Alaska

3. Destin, Fla.

4. Bar Harbor, Maine

5. Santa Fe, N.M.

6. Jackson, Wyo.

7. Galveston

8. Brooklyn, N.Y.

9. Moab, Utah

10. Gettysburg, Penn.

Coming soon: When will the green lights return to the tallest building in the island’s downtown? And what new island shop is targeting the young and fashionable? Read more in Thursday’s Biz Buzz.


Laura Elder is a reporter for The Daily News. Biz Buzz appears Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email your tips and suggestions to

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Great to hear Fortune will be back! I recently went to the Supercuts in Texas City, and was told they will be closing at the end of the year, possibly this Sunday Dec. 15. Apparently HEB owns the building and are ending leases. A person at Supercuts said the only lease they believe will still exist in the strip center, is for Cici's Pizza. Laura, could you do a little digging into this? It would be interesting to know that the property will finally be developed. Also, the amusement park that will be built by the Tanger Outlet Mall has changed their name. It was to be called Playland Park, but recently renamed it Adventure Pointe. They sent out the name change, and an interesting video of what will be built, on Facebook. I'm kinda excited to see what it will look like. But, the traffic around the area will be horrible. I hope the City of Texas City will do some big improvements for traffic flow around the Mall, Buccee's, and the future Park. That will be a big key improvement to keep people coming and not turning them off because of traffic and parking issues. That's why Buccee's is so popular. You can walk in, use the clean bathroom, buy something, and walk out. No delays or issues at all. That's what people look for! If the city can do that in that area, there will be huge growth with huge tax income.

Laura Elder

Hi Donnie,
Thanks for amusement park tip. And I will certainly look into the HEB shopping center status. It's been a while since I've written about that. Stay tuned!

Norma Bonneau

What is happening with Fortune. I read were they were going to open on Jan. 31 and it didn't happen. Any idea when or if they are going to reopen?

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