Clear Creek ISD teams defended their home courts with championship wins Saturday in both the Peggy Whitley Classic girls basketball tournament and the Carlisle-Krueger boys basketball tournament.
If you missed the article, Hallisey told The Daily News on Tuesday he intended to get an item on the agenda for a Dec. 13 meeting calling for the council to consider firing the two.
A beautiful, vivacious, young woman with potential for being a productive citizen in our society has been snatched away by a very ugly epidemic — bullying.
Medical alert: Texas-based Hospitality Health ER has acquired about 1.9 acres at the former Fort Crockett military housing complex with plans to build a 24/7 emergency room.
Toy story: Galveston’s famous downtown street, The Strand, on Friday will welcome a toy store and arcade. That’s when Play on The Strand, 2029 Strand in the historic Jockusch Building, opens to the public. Bill and Tammie Taylor and Seth and Lorena Grimes are the owners of the shop, which will offer traditional and contemporary toys, children’s books, games, puzzles and more. They expect Play on The Strand to fill a void.
The island is getting much more hospitable. Hotels planned or underway will soon push the room count past 5,000, marking a major milestone for seaport city.
Preheating: Residents of Clear Lake Shores never have to sail far for fine dining. If all goes as planned, Opus Ocean Grille will open at 1510 Marina Bay Drive in the Watergate Yachting Center in about three weeks.
All that land-clearing west of Interstate 45 near FM 1765 in La Marque is for a 35,000-square-foot building and showroom for Team Mancuso Powersports South.
Fried and true: All that activity next to the AT&T store in part of an island building formerly occupied by Hollywood Video is for a Frenchy’s Chicken, franchisee Andrew Pollman confirms.
Postoffice package: An old downtown island building, which has been empty and deteriorating for nearly a decade, is under contract to a potential buyer with plans to revive it.
Deli dish: League City’s casual dining scene is about to get a fresh lineup.
Fishing expedition: With the announcement this week that Bass Pro Shops had hooked Cabela’s in a deal valued at $5.5 billion, inquiring readers want to know what it all means for League City and area shoppers.
Planting seeds: Will a long-vacant Broadway building in Galveston soon be home to a garden? If Mayor Jim Yarbrough and city officials have their way, it will. City officials are considering buying the building formerly occupied by Simp’s Kitchen and years ago by a Dairy Queen, 2528 Broadway. Most recently a group had plans to open a Cajun concept at the building, but those never came to fruition.
Land sakes: Will Texas City ever be the same? The residential component of Lago Mar that promises to eventually be home to about 4,400 families, is officially underway.
Grill is on: Those rumors about Plano-based breastaurant Tight Ends Sports Bar & Grill planning a touchdown at the building vacated this year by Quaker Steak & Lube in League City are true.
It’s happening: Bulldozers and a construction trailer are on site. And a general contractor has been hired. So, if the weather cooperates, crews any day will begin building the long-awaited theme park Adventure Pointe on 25 acres fronting Interstate 45, south of Tanger Outlets in Texas City.
SPAC-ulation: Strong but unconfirmed speculation is circulating around town that island-born billionaire Tilman Fertitta is planning to re-net the Joe’s Crab Shack chain.
Hooter holler: Ever since Hurricane Ike eight years ago destroyed Hooters, 2227 Seawall Blvd., rumors of its island return have persisted.
Supply side: Did Santa Fe plow past other mainland cities to lure the largest retail farm and ranch store in the nation? It sure looks that way.
Seabrook is known for its many fish markets and some have called the city the “Seafood Capital of Texas.”
Grocer gossip: Some readers are shopping around interesting rumors that a grocer plans to move into the space formerly occupied by Kroger in League City Plaza, on the southeast corner of Interstate 45 and FM 518.
Editor’s note: Laura Elder’s regular Biz Buzz will return next week. In the meantime, here’s an update of last week’s Buzz Blog item.
For nearly 40 years, the Stewart Mansion sat empty, serving as a canvas for vandals, while many of its architectural elements were destroyed or looted.
Penney lane: Texas City commissioners last week cleared the way for Friendswood attorney and developer Jerome Karam and business partner Robin Parsley to transform the vacant J.C. Penney building in Texas City into an indoor self-storage facility and a business center offering such services as printing and photocopies.
The scoop: Sometimes, the best business opportunities come in unexpected ways. Just ask Mike and Kathy Bouvier, owners of Hey Mikey’s Ice Cream, 2120 Postoffice St. in the island’s downtown.
Raise your steins: Texas City-based Del Papa Distributing was established on the island in 1910 and is widely known for distributing national brands, particularly Anheuser-Busch products. In 2014, Mark Dell’Osso established Galveston Island Brewing, a burgeoning company working to introduce the world to its craft beers.
Climate change: The building formerly housing department store J.C. Penney in Texas City could soon become a climate-controlled storage facility.
Joynt’s jumping: Two new drinking and eating establishments are causing a stir on the island with the potential to lure more people to downtown’s western edge.
Biz brewing: The revival of Texas City’s Sixth Street is about to get caffeinated.
From the rooftops: It’s been at least 10 years in the making, is expected to pull Texas City’s mass across the Interstate 45 and is one of the largest mixed-use projects ever to be planned in the county — with its developer projecting 1 million square feet of houses, restaurants, hotels and offices to eventually surface at the site.
Time of the Seasons: It’s happening. Seasons Gourmet Food & Grocer, 2701 Broadway, opens 7 a.m. Friday, just a little more than a year after announcing plans to set up shop in Galveston.
It’s a click-and-collect world, and grocers want a bigger piece of the basket.
Pecking in: North county fans of boneless chicken breast sandwiches and those Waffle Potato Fries have something to cluck about. League City officials confirm Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A plans an eatery next to supermarket H-E-B at the intersection of South Shore Boulevard and state Highway 96. City officials this week received plans for the restaurant, which would mark a second for League City. No word on an opening date.
On the menu: As promised, Galveston Restaurant Group has opened Taquilo’s, 2101 Postoffice St. downtown.
Room service: Plans for a 90-room boutique hotel at the Falstaff Brewery site, 3303 Church St. on the island, are on the fast track.
Supermarket speculation: Inquiring readers want to know about all that activity at the vacant Baywood Foods grocery store, 6721 Main St. in Hitchcock. The store closed in September 2014, leaving Hitchcock residents without a supermarket of their own.
Does Beaumont-based Jason’s Deli intend to bite into the market? Rumor has it that the purveyor of sandwiches, soups and salads is planning a League City eatery.
A series of issues slowed Seasons Gourmet Food & Grocer, McCutcheon said this week, although declining to cast blame at anyone in particular.
High hopes among officials of attracting retail development to land the county owns near the Criminal Justice Center in Galveston continue to be dashed.
Crews have begun framing the building that will house the much-awaited Marais restaurant rising at 2015 FM 517 in Dickinson.
After a brief closure and dismay among fans, popular downtown island restaurant EATcetera has reopened with a new owner.
Is actor Johnny Depp moving to Galveston and actress Julia Roberts moving to League City? Such reports lit up social media last week prompting inquiring readers to press for answers.
Another bit of island business history has slipped away. Joe Aguirre Tile, 1228 Harborside Drive, had a quiet closing and sale of the building late last month, said owner Anthony Rios, the founder’s grandson.
Keeping up with Karam: Friendswood attorney and developer Jerome Karam continues adding to his portfolio of high-profile projects. Karam on Wednesday closed on the acquisition of 58 acres along FM 517 that previously was home to Dickinson Country Club and golf course. He plans to develop 53 residential lots for a gated community.
Complex deal: Will a prominent downtown office building become an apartment complex? It’s possible.
With Comcast Business’ announcement last month it had invested more than $400,000 to extend its Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi and advanced voice services to an additional 140 businesses in Manvel, some readers wondered about plans for Galveston County.
Steak out: Line up for some buffet buzz. Owners of the island’s Golden Corral say they’re considering opening a restaurant in the Texas City site formerly occupied by Ryan’s, a steak house and buffet that closed in early February.
Hoppiness is … The brewery business continues to boom in these parts.
Property lines: A Kemah company has a contract to sell two large Dickinson parcels to a private investment firm.
To meet demand and increase capacity, Galveston Island Brewing, 8423 Stewart Road, last week began installing a 20-barrel brewhouse.
Wait, what? Galveston isn’t often accused of getting it right when it comes to rules and regulations that affect commerce, particularly in the so-called sharing economy.
Dish on Dish: Those in the know say pay-TV purveyor Dish Network Corp. had in recent weeks been in serious talks to open a 60,000-square-foot call center at Mall of the Mainland, 10000 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway. But that deal apparently has disintegrated. It’s unclear why the Texas City deal fell through. But it’s clear the publicly traded Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) is undergoing changes in its approach to customer service for the region. Earlier this month, the company notified state regulators it would close its Alvin facility on May 7, affecting 550 employees there.
Lining up: Officials with hunting, fishing and camping retailer Cabela’s are preparing for a large turnout today as the chain opens its first Houston-area store.
The island’s downtown this week was buzzing with news that a longtime bar and restaurant would close and a Mexican cuisine concept would take its place.
This article has been updated to reflect a correction in the item about the Houston Livestock World’s Championship Bar-B-Que contest late last month at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The item should have said that Gasoline Alley Cookers won 2nd runner-up in the brisket entry.
Grand plans: Infrastructure work is far along and crews will soon begin building houses at The Preserve at Grand Beach, a gated, master-planned community of 52 home sites on land east of Stewart Beach on the island.
This column has been updated to reflect a correction in the item about Kohl’s, which does not have a Baybrook Mall store. Kohl’s has a store at 18178 Interstate 45 at El Dorado Boulevard.
In more signs the island’s economy increasingly is boosted by matrimony, a group of businesses have joined under one roof.
Rooftop report: All that land clearing east of Delany Road, between state Highway 6 and FM 1765 in La Marque, is to make way for the rise of 450 houses in another phase of Salt Grass Crossing, reports Alex Getty, executive director of La Marque’s Economic Development Corp. When completely built, Salt Grass Crossing will consist of a little more than 800 homes. When all the residential development at Salt Grass Crossing, Painted Meadows and Delany Cove is tallied, about 1,500 rooftops are in the works in La Marque, Mayor Bobby Hocking said.
A Galveston hotel owner and development group, inspired by solid mid-county growth and island tourism, soon will commence construction on two Texas City properties as it prepares to open an island hotel. Altogether, the properties will yield 290 rooms.
Contrary to social media reports, it was slow business and not health violations that caused the closure earlier this month of Ryan’s, a steak house and buffet, 2310 FM 2004 in Texas City.
Beer business must be good. Stuttgarden Tavern, a popular downtown island establishment, is brewing a second location near movie theater Cinemark 12 at Mall of the Mainland, 10000 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City.