What’s that? Inquiring readers are wondering about that building rising on stilts along FM 2004, not far from Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque. The building is for a clubhouse at what will be Big Spot RV Resort, 4313 FM 2004, said Colleen Merritt, a spokeswoman for La Marque Economic Development Corp. The development will include 150 RV sites and a pool. Stay tuned.
On the burner: A once-popular Kemah eatery is making a comeback. Kristine Garbo plans to reopen What’s Cookin’, 926 FM 518. Garbo closed the restaurant in 2012 to tend to her home and health. What’s Cookin’ specializes in sandwiches, including the famous Reuben sandwich and a grill station known for steaks. Randy Braat, the former chef who started with Garbo in 1989 and worked at the restaurant for three years, will return. Garbo is aiming to be open by Labor Day weekend.
Keep on truckin’: Meanwhile, Garbo is revving to open Kemah Food Park on two acres at 930 FM 518. The park will feature about five food trucks with a variety of menus from different vendors. Stay tuned.
Thai one on: League City diners are soon to have more options. Thai River Restaurant has posted a sign announcing its imminent arrival at League City Towne Center, 3200 Interstate 45. The center includes such tenants as PetSmart, Target and Michaels. Stay tuned.
Hot dish: Those rumors circulating for months that Houston-based Pappas Restaurants would take over the Bone Daddy’s site, 19901 Interstate 45, in Webster, are true. Representatives for Pappas didn’t return calls, but Webster officials confirm the restaurant group will open a Pappas Steakhouse and Barbecue in the next couple of months.
Delta dawns: Meanwhile, in the same shopping center — the Centre at Baybrook — Pappas in mid-October plans to open a new concept called Delta Blues next to its Pappas Seafood House, Webster officials report. Delta Blues will serve a variety of steaks, as well as Southern-style dishes such as chicken-fried rib-eye steak with peppered cream gravy and more. Chefs have been busy creating, cooking and testing to develop the Delta Blues menu, reports Karen Coglianese, economic development specialist for Webster.
About Tiempo: A long, lingering legal dispute has for years delayed the opening of El Tiempo Cantina in Webster. Most area residents had given up hope. But the Bay Area Houston Economic Development Partnership is reporting that the popular Houston-based Tex-Mex eatery will finally open at 20237 I-45 by the year’s end. Look soon for more details.
Checking in: That four-story Hilton Garden Inn this column buzzed about last week is planned for 7626 Seawall Blvd., not 63rd and I-45 as reported. Look for more news about that development and who’s behind it in next week’s Biz Buzz.
Mosquito bite: Two popular East End eateries — Mosquito Cafe, 628 14th St., and bakery PattyCakes, 704 14th St. — will close for renovations, repairs and staff vacations from Sept. 4-14.
“Also, typically, when we return from this break and get into the fall season, Mosquito reduces its hours, but not this year,” reports James Clark, whose family owns the eateries.
Mosquito Cafe will remain open for breakfast each day of the week except Mondays, when the restaurant is closed. PattyCakes hours will remain the same when it returns from the break.
New digs: The island’s Chopin Mon Ami Catering has a new home — 4417 Ave. S. The catering business moved to a larger building it bought in April.
The new site features a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, a rental room with linens, centerpiece décor, china settings and more, said owner Todd Schott, who with his mother, Judy Elmendorf, owns Chopin Mon Ami Catering.