Simmering speculation: A sizzling rumor that soul food restaurant Simp’s Kitchen plans an island return has some tasty truth to it.
On the bayou: They’re known for good barbecue, but this week Keith and Holly Lilley added Gulf Coast casual and Cajun-inspired dishes to their restaurant repertoire.
Home to roost? Fast-casual restaurant chain Chick-fil-A is hatching plans for a Friendswood eatery. But a zoning change request for a parcel on which the chicken sandwich purveyor might roost has ruffled some feathers and has even become election fodder for the city council race.
Buzz buzz: First things first. Those rumors about Biz Buzz moving to Sundays are true. Beginning Sunday, readers will find a much-expanded Biz Buzz column and a business section filled with relevant local news, along with state and national news of interest. It’s a return to tradition. Biz B…
Material development: Texas City officials on Feb. 10 issued the necessary permits for construction of key buildings at the long-awaited theme park Adventure Pointe on 25 acres fronting Interstate 45, south of Tanger Outlets in Texas City.
True or false? Did a local credit union and a school district this week engage in a bidding war over a highly coveted building in Webster? It’s true. While “war” might be a strong word, the Clear Creek Independent School District prevailed in a competitive bid Tuesday against AMOCO Federal C…
Concrete complex: That luxury apartment complex that has been underway for several years on the eastern shore of English Bayou is about to get tenants.
Hooter holler: Ever since confirming it would return to the island, Hooters has been hush-hush about exactly where.
Building suspense: Inquiring readers want to know about all that activity at the building previously occupied by grocer H-E-B, 918 21st St. in Texas City. People have been sighted in and around the building that was left empty in 2015 when H-E-B built a larger store at the corner of state Hi…
Stork flies north: Doctors since 1952 have delivered thousands of babies at Mainland Medical Center in Texas City. But that tradition soon will end as the hospital consolidates and moves its obstetrics program and infant deliveries to its main campus at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. Th…
Deli date: It was June last year when Beaumont-based Jason’s Deli confirmed it would cross the county line and open a restaurant at 2765 Interstate 45 in League City.
Business and gravy: Santa Fe residents are buzzing about a new eatery with a very Texas feel. Co-owners Joyce Fenter and Pamela Chenoweth have opened Red Dirt & Blue Jeans, 13021 state Highway 6. They call it a down-home Texas tea room.
From the rooftops: A development firm is reporting brisk sales in Lago Mar, where crews have completed the first model house in a Texas City community expected to eventually be home to more than 4,000 families.
Cuisine scene: Cue the mariachi music. Lubbock-based Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurants plans to serve up an eatery at Pinnacle Park, a 100-acre mixed-use town center at Interstate 45 and Big League Dreams Parkway in League City.
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 wi…
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.
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.
A longtime island gas station closes, a barbecue joint takes over McAlister's Deli space in Galveston and Santa Fe prepares for construction of 21,000-square-foot Tractor Supply.
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.…
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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…