Deli dish: The island’s downtown continues to attract investment, while increasing dining and drinking options. Business partners Margaret Lejeune and Patrick Wheeler earlier this month opened Old Moon Deli & Pie, 408 23rd St.
The deli offers build-your-own sandwiches and specialty ones, such as Monte Cristo, the Cuban and hot pastrami, to name a few. Vegetarians also have options, including the hempseed and black bean burger. Fresh salads are generating buzz, too. And a lot of people are sweet on the pies, with dark chocolate raspberry being Old Moon’s signature, said Lejeune, who had worked at a Houston deli and long wanted to launch her own business in Galveston’s downtown.
Lejeune had been eying that particular space since 2011, and jumped on it when it became available, she said. The build-out, which was self-financed, took more than a year. A vintage clothing store was the previous tenant.
Dock talk: Meanwhile, Holly Hunt-Landry and her husband, David Robertson, are aiming for an early July opening of Sharky’s Tavern, 504 25th St., in the building formerly occupied by The Loading Dock Bar & Grill in the island’s downtown. Sharky’s will specialize in wood-fired pizza — the couple is installing an Italian oven, which will serve as a showpiece at the venue. And Sharky’s will offer full-bar services. The couple is working to secure all the proper permits. Stay tuned.
Periscope up: In more downtown doings, Roy and Angela White on Friday launched a grand opening of Nautical Nonsense, 210 21st St. The shop crosses coastal décor with some humor. Nautical nonsense offers jewelry, gifts, clever signs and more.
Hooter holler: Crews are busy cleaning out the island building at 6028 Heards Lane, where city officials say breastaurant Hooters plans to perch. Hooters officials say they plan to return to the island, but have never confirmed an exact address.
Hooters, a chain known for chicken wings and sexy waitresses in orange short-shorts, in September confirmed it would return to the island, eight years after Hurricane Ike smashed to pieces its popular seawall restaurant on a pier over the Gulf of Mexico.
With sprinkles: A sign on the former Sonic Drive-In, 2927 Broadway, heralds the building’s sale. But who bought it? That’s what everyone wants to know. Reliable sources say a purveyor of doughnuts is sweet on the site that most recently was home to a title company. Stay tuned.
Renovation wars: Earlier this year, islanders were buzzing about sightings of Jonathan and Drew Scott, officially known as HGTV’s Property Brothers. The brothers were on the island filming the new season of “Brother vs. Brother,” in which the siblings face off in property renovations. The new season premieres 8 p.m. Wednesday with a new challenge: waterfront homes. The brothers took two, drab seaside homes in need of some serious help and competed to transform them into “dream-worthy” vacation retreats. Each brother had $600,000 to tackle the West End houses. Galveston and all its charms get some national publicity in the show.
Resort report: In time for the holiday weekend, The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center in Galveston on Friday opened Aqua, featuring men and women’s fashion, swimwear, accessories and footwear.
Aqua carries contemporary designer brands, such as Vix Swimwear, Ted Baker, Nanette Lepore, PilyQ, La Blanca, Seafolly, Trina Turk, Eugenia Kim, Robert Graham, Onia, Strong Boalt, Tommy Bahama and more. The boutique also will carry luxury eyewear, including brands such as Prada, Persol and Tiffany & Co.
Aqua is inside the lobby of The San Luis Hotel, 5222 Seawall Blvd.
Lacing up: Another retailer is stepping into Pinnacle Park in League City. Red Wing Shoes plans a June grand opening at the 110-acre mixed-use development, 2451 S. Interstate 45.
Red Wing Shoes, established in 1905, specializes in work boots for tough industries. The store will feature leather chairs, brick walls, custom fixtures and a sound system that all work to create an industrial, work-themed atmosphere, officials said.
Pinnacle Park developer Pinnacle Alliance Fund most recently announced Fairfield Inn and Suites planned a 110-room hotel at the commercial center. The developer also has lured PizzaFire, Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, Firehouse Subs, Beef Jerky Outlet and Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurants.
Outdoor store Cabela’s anchors the park, which also will soon be home to Memorial Hermann‘s 47,000-square-foot Convenient Care Center.
Morgan Smith represented Pinnacle Alliance Fund in the Red Wing Shoes real estate transaction.
What’s that? All that clearing and other activity on land bordered by TopGolf to the north and Clear Creek to the south is for what Webster officials are calling a destination development that will include “super-regional” retail, dining, entertainment and hospitality. TopGolf, 21401 Interstate 45, is one of the anchors and opened in the fall of 2015.
Medistar Corp. in the summer of 2015 bought 177 acres adjacent to I-45 from Exxon Mobil to develop what it called SpaceWalk, a $500 million mixed-use project. The first phase of Medistar’s development will include a hotel and conference center and a 17,000-seat amphitheater to meet a demand from the region for an outdoor venue the likes of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, according to reports. Webster owns 19 acres at the site. Crews have been installing a road and other infrastructure work. No one is divulging tenant names or more details. Stay tuned.
Grab your popcorn: A new movie theater concept is planning a Webster location at the site formerly occupied by Star Cinema Grill, which had operated for 10 years at 1020 W. NASA Parkway before announcing in 2015 it would move to Baybrook Mall.
Webster officials confirm that a concept called District would move into the site. But more details weren’t immediately available. Stay tuned.
Movie trivia: So, how much do locals like going to the movies? Consider that Cinemark, an 18-screen theater at I-45 and Magnolia Street in Webster, sells an average of 120,000 tickets each month, according to Webster city officials. Cinemark attracts moviegoers from 14 area cities. The Webster Cinemark is ranked as one of the top 10 highest-performing movie theaters in the nation, based on the number of screens and ticket sales, according to Webster officials.
Manly pedi: More evidence has surfaced that modern men really do want to be pampered but in a manly setting, of course. Tune-Up The Manly Salon in April opened at 304 W. Bay Area Blvd. in the Shops at the Bay retail center. This manly salon bills itself as a purveyor of haircuts, beard trims, manicures, pedicures, shoulder massages, facials and eyebrow wax all in a manly setting with a bar offering two complimentary beers or cocktails.
Earlier this month, Boardroom Salon for Men opened at Baybrook Mall, I-45 and Bay Area Boulevard, in Houston.
Boardroom bills itself as a comfortable, masculine, 1920s country club-inspired salon. The salons feature dark wood paneling, lounges with oversized chairs, and a pool table. The company, founded by Bruce Schultz, offers hair, shave and spa services with complimentary beverages.
Dollar do-over: Bacliff’s Family Dollar Store is looking fresher. The store, 4201 state Highway 146, Friday unveiled renovations at a grand opening that included giveaways.