Still brewing: Ever since Matthews Southwest confirmed in July it had the long vacant Falstaff Brewery at 33rd and Church streets on the island under contract, all has been quiet.

Still, lack of news doesn’t mean the deal has dissolved. A Matthews Southwest representative said Monday the firm still was interested in the property and due diligence continues.

But a closing could still be months away, he said. Policy prevents officials from commenting on any plans for the property until a real estate transaction is complete, the company said.

But the potential acquisition portends a massive makeover for the blighted property. Jack Matthews is president of Matthews Southwest, which is headquartered in Lewisville, Texas.

Matthews has made headlines lately for planning a makeover of one of downtown Dallas’ largest empty landmarks, the 57-year-old Statler Hilton Hotel on Commerce Street, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Since 1988, the firm has acquired, built and managed the development of hotel, office, mixed-use retail, residential and industrial developments. The firm’s development projects are in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The Falstaff Brewery, built in 1895, is considered an important historical building by the Galveston Historical Foundation. But some neighbors consider the building an eyesore and have advocated its demolition.

The Falstaff Brewery, originally one of Adolphus Busch’s regional projects, is the last factory standing in the island’s Factory District. Stay tuned.

Hot dish: Early reviews of the newly opened eatery Los Molcas, 6316 Stewart Road on the island, are quite favorable. Juan Carlos Vargas and his wife, Yolanda, along with Juan Canada and his wife, Maritza, opened the restaurant last month.

The eatery, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, specializes in Tex-Mex, authentic Mexican and seafood cuisine. Margaritas are imminent. Los Molcas is working to obtain a liquor license.

“It’s the absolute freshest food I’ve had outside of Mexico, more like Mexican cuisine than Mexican food,” a reader emailed.

“They are very gracious folks who deserve to be spotlighted.”

On some weekends, there’s live entertainment at Los Molcas, which also offers karaoke.

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Cooking with gas: Plans for the building formerly occupied by Fortune Chinese Restaurant are still a mystery. But something certainly is cooking at the building, 3118 Palmer Highway in Texas City.

An unidentified person recently made inquiries with the city about obtaining a gas permit, officials report. But no one has been to the city to obtain the permit, officials said.

Even if the same owners were to reopen, they would need to get a new certificate of occupancy and permits. Fortune Chinese abruptly closed last month after more than 20 years in business. Stay tuned. 

Super news: Congratulations are in order. Five partners of Mills ShirleyLLP were chosen as Texas Super Lawyers for 2013:

Carla Cotropia in Employment and Labor Law; Scott Lyford in Construction Litigation; Maureen McCutchen in Estate and Trust Litigation; Fred D. Raschke in Civil Litigation Defense; and George W. Vie III in Appellate Law.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Mills Shirley, established in the 1840s, is the oldest continuously operating law firm in Texas.

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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