Smokin’ buzz: Five long months after Hurricane Harvey badly flooded its building, Dickinson Bar-B-Que & Steakhouse, 2111 FM 517, has reopened. And owners Keith and Holly Lilley had some encouraging words for other area businesses and homeowners still battling to recover from the devastating storm.
“We’ve experienced similar emotions from the flood that many of you are still battling through to get back into your homes, but it gets better,” the Lilleys said on Facebook.
After Harvey, the Lilleys got creative to keep the barbecue business going, co-blending menus from Marais, their high-end concept next door at 2015 FM 517, until the barbecue restaurant reopened.
Goodwill goodbye: A Texas City shopping center continues to generate buzz and intrigue. As unconfirmed rumors fly that grocer Aldi and clothing retailer Ross Dress for Less plan stores at Palmer Plaza, in the 3400 block of Palmer Highway, Goodwill Houston announced plans to close its Texas City Goodwill Select Store and Donation Center at that very same shopping center.
Goodwill, which sells pre-owned clothing and merchandise and has been serving Texas City since the 1960s, said its last day at Palmer Plaza is Feb. 17.
“Unfortunately, we were unable to come to an agreement with our landlord on a new lease that fits our needs,” said Patricia Salmon, Goodwill Houston’s vice president of operations. “Although it saddens us to leave Texas City, the best decision was to close this location.”
Officials with Edifis Group, which owns Palmer Plaza, did not respond to inquiries about Aldi, a no-frills grocer, and Ross Dress for Less, which sells brand names at discounted prices. Edifis in 2015 acquired the 98,000-square-foot Palmer Plaza shopping center, which is next to the new H-E-B.
At the time, Edifis, a real estate development and acquisition firm, said it would improve Palmer Plaza’s appearance and work to attract new tenants.
Edifis officials have confirmed Chick-fil-A is interested in a pad site where Baytown Seafood operates. Chick-fil-A has submitted site plans, but Edifis officials said the deal isn’t done and the purveyor of poultry products is still conducting due diligence, which could take a few months. Stay tuned.
The Squealer: After 43 years, Tookie’s Burgers on Jan. 28 served its last meal in Seabrook. But anyone faithfully following this column knows there’s no cause for alarm. Tookie’s is planning sometime this week to open its new restaurant, 406 Texas Ave., in Kemah, in the building vacated by Ichibon Japanese Seafood. An exact opening date wasn’t immediately available.
Owner Barry Terrell last year announced the imminent closure of Tookie’s, 1202 Bayport Blvd., after the Texas Department of Transportation took the Seabrook restaurant property through eminent domain for a state Highway 146 expansion.
The state’s expansion project will widen Highway 146 from six lanes to 12 and include a new expressway bridge west of and parallel to the Seabrook-Kemah Bridge.
Tookie’s Burgers has been around since 1975 and is known for such fare as “The Squealer” (beef blended with ground hickory-smoked bacon) and “The Bean Burger” (beef topped with Pace Picante Sauce and melted cheddar cheese on a base of heated refried beans and a layer of crushed Fritos). Tookie’s Seafood, 1106 Bayport Blvd., is staying put.
Building buy: An old downtown island building has new owners. Kelli and Jimmy McClure, owners of fishing pier and restaurant Jimmy’s on the Pier, 9001 Seawall Blvd., on the island, have acquired the two-story building at 2416 Postoffice St. and three adjoining lots to the west of it. The McClures plan to restore the building and lease it out to a bar/lounge concept.
V.J. Tramonte of Joe Tramonte Realty represented seller Lone Pine Properties. Kelli McClure represented herself and her husband.
The McClures are bullish on downtown Galveston, last year acquiring the building at 511 23rd St., where they’re developing four high-end condos on the top floor.
Shop talk: Meanwhile, Jason Guzman and Kelly Svestka last week celebrated the grand opening of Antiques Amour, 2124 Winnie St., in Galveston.
Along with antiques, the shop carries home decorations, paintings, jewelry, vintage items and more.
Medical alert: After months of construction, Memorial Hermann Convenient Care plans to begin treating patients Feb. 19 in its 47,000-square-foot facility at Pinnacle Park, a 100-acre mixed-use town center development just west of I-45 and north of FM 646 in League City.
Memorial Hermann Convenient Care is the first Galveston County facility for Memorial Hermann Health System, a not-for-profit organization in southeast Texas that includes 16 hospitals and four other convenient care centers.
The League City facility will feature a full emergency room with 10 beds and a primary care clinic. Medical staff will triage patients, sorting the emergencies from injuries or illnesses that primary care providers could treat, officials have said.
Biz bites: Webster economic development officials are reporting a flurry of business buzz. And much of that activity is at Odyssey Park, on the west side of Interstate 45 at NASA Parkway.
The lineup includes:
• Steelworx Gym & Training Center at 310 Genesis Blvd., Suite B; owners Lindsay and Sam Cummings opened this 4,948-square-foot facility featuring Arsenal strength equipment;
• Debra Holzbach has opened the 1,600-square-foot shop Embroidery Plus TX at 330 Genesis Blvd., Suite C;
• Victory Chiropractic opened last month at 330 Genesis Blvd., Suite B. Dr. Jeremiah Holzbach, who opened the 6,326-square-foot office, has been practicing since 2010;
• Meanwhile, another new business has opened at Park Plaza II. Jana Laufer and Mary-Michele Wilson opened the 1,800-square-foot Epiphany Home and Gifts, 16932 state Highway 3.