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.

Business partners Charlie Felts and Chef Chris Simon are aiming to secure the last building permit this week before opening the restaurant, which will serve seafood from the Pacific and Atlantic oceans — flown in fresh — as well as from the Gulf of Mexico.

Felts and Simon are also behind the popular Opus Bistro, 1002 Aspen Road.

Maverick Remodeling and Construction is building out the 6,840-square-foot Opus Ocean Grille, which has boat access. Felts promises to serve up an official opening date soon. Stay tuned.

Tex-Mex tattle: In other appetizing dining news, Silvia’s Mexican Grill, 1900 Texas Ave. in Texas City, is spicing up the dining scene. Silvia Rizo opened the restaurant in September. Rizo had operated a smaller eatery, which was successful enough to inspire a larger venue. Her son Rudy Moreno built the 4,327-square-foot restaurant, which island architect Michael Gaertner designed.

“I thought it was pretty awesome to be the contractor for the building,” Moreno said. Popular plates feature enchiladas, crispy tacos, tamales, fajitas and more.

“We’re definitely getting great feedback from customers,” Moreno said.

Buzz delivery: Here are some toppings for that thin slice of island Domino’s Pizza buzz last week.

All that dirt work at 21st Street and Broadway is indeed for the pizzeria, confirms Jamie Weaver of Edge Realty Partners. Weaver represented the buyer, which is a limited liability company. V.J. Tramonte of Joe Tramonte Realty represented the seller, which was a company affiliated with Al Fichera of Fichera Builders. No word on an opening date. Stay tuned.

Wing thing: Austin favorite Pluckers Wing Bar will build a new restaurant in the Bayway Village II Shopping Center, 20821 Gulf Freeway. Look soon for more details.

Marketing La Marque: Is La Marque beefing up its brand? The La Marque Economic Development Corp. this week announced it had acquired a building at 1130 First St. formerly occupied by Guaranty Federal Bank. The sales price was not immediately available. The organization is renovating the building, which will house several city employees, including La Marque Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Alex Getty, and the organization’s new public relations specialist, Colleen Merritt.

Merritt joined the city in October. She has a background in marketing strategy, public relations and digital media.

Most recently, Merritt was project manager at Top Star Marketing, an event production firm in the Clear Lake area. At Top Star, she was responsible for brand positioning, project management, digital marketing and more.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the skill set Colleen brings to the table,” Getty said. “With so many good things happening in La Marque, the timing of her arrival is perfect.”

Dollar holler: Look for the grand opening of Dollar General, 8 a.m. Saturday at 4014 state Highway 6 in Hitchcock. The first 50 shoppers will receive $10 Dollar General gift cards, and the first 200 will receive other giveaways.

Dollar General sells food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items in neighborhood locations.

Renew your passport: A downtown island event that promotes shopping local is back in time for the Christmas season. And organizers say it’s bigger and better. Passport to Postoffice District returns 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 12 and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 13 in the historic downtown Postoffice District, known for art galleries, restaurants and boutiques.

Here’s how it works. Participants during the event can pick up passports at any of these three stores — Affaire d’Art Gallery, The Old Galveston Trading Company or St. John Antiques. Participants can then get their passport stamped at each business listed on the passports. After getting all the stamps, participants can enter a drawing for giveaways and a grand prize, which is a cruise for two with an overnight stay at The Bungalow at Modern Vintage.

Passport to Postoffice District began with the vision of building relationships between one-of-a-kind local shops and the community, organizers say. Businesses want to reward shoppers for taking the time to shop local.

Reach reporter Laura Elder at 409-683-5248 or

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