Tail winds: A new restaurant concept is sailing this way. Michael Knobelock, one of the largest multiunit franchisees in the nation, is planning to open several Captain D’s fast-casual eateries in the county.
Knobelock has been scouting possible sites in Texas City, where he already operates a Little Caesars Pizza. Knobelock also operates a Little Caesars and a Church’s Chicken in Galveston. Altogether, he owns 47 Church’s Chickens and 21 Little Caesars in several states. His Galveston County operations are some of his most successful and he expects Captain D’s to do well here, too.
Nashville, Tenn.-based Captain D’s, which operates and franchises 520 restaurants in 25 states, was founded in 1969 but recently revamped its look, freshening the exterior and interior and adding new menu items. The concept is new to the county. Along with battered fish filets and the popular seafood platter, the kitchen offers new grilled items.
Knobelock said his Captain D’s restaurants will boast the new look. He’s been driving around Texas City, searching for the right spot. His first Captain D’s in the county should open by the first quarter next year, he said.
Knobelock said he chose the Captain D’s franchise because, like Church’s and Little Caesars, the concept offers quality food at good prices. The eatery uses real plates and real silverware, he said.
After Knobelock opens the Texas City store, he’ll begin plans for more in the county. Stay tuned.
What’s that?: For those who missed it — and judging by the emails a lot of you did — all that bustle on the southwest corner of Delany Road and Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City is for University of Texas Medical Branch clinics.
As previously buzzed, the medical branch plans to move its Texas City family, pediatrics and cardiology clinics to the site and add some new services. The family, pediatrics and cardiology clinics will close at the end of the year when the new facility opens at 10121 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway. The medical branch doesn’t own the land, nor will it own the building, officials said. It will lease the building from Levcor, the developer and owner.
U.S. Builders is the contractor, which will build to medical branch specifications. The one-story building is expected to be more than 30,000 square feet.
All the primary and specialty services to be housed in the new Texas City clinic are family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, ear, nose and throat, audiology, urology, anti-coagulation, cardiology, ophthalmology, radiology (X-ray only) and a laboratory.
Bite out of Apple?: This should get interesting. Microsoft is booting up a retail store at Baybrook Mall. The company said last week it would open its 10th Texas store at the mall, where it will go up against Apple, which installed itself in the shopping center several years ago.
The 1,156-square-foot Microsoft store will employ about 25 people and offer Windows 8.1 PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox One, Microsoft Office 365 and more. Store staff will also answer questions, make recommendations and help with setup.
In 2009, Microsoft opened its first retail store in Scottsdale, Ariz. The chain has grown to 100 stores. Microsoft representatives said Monday there was no word on the exact opening date of the Baybrook store. Stay tuned.
Masonic move: The Tucker Lodge No. 297 AF & AM has a permanent home after acquiring a building at 624 25th St. in the island’s downtown, Secretary Raymond Rubio said. The building was formerly used as physician offices.
Members of the lodge, which was chartered in 1867, are making minor renovations to the building, where they’ll meet and conduct business. The lodge had been leasing space at 3308 Ave. O1⁄2 in Galveston.
V.J. Tramonte of the island’s Joe Tramonte Realty was the selling agent in the transaction. Curtis McLauchlin of Inside Galveston was the listing agent.
Order in the court!: If you run into Fred D. Raschke, congratulate him. Raschke, managing partner of the island’s Mills Shirley LLP, was recently inducted as vice president of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys. Raschke has served on the association’s executive council since 2011.
Membership in the association is limited to only one lawyer per 1 million people in a community. The association encompasses the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom and promotes quality networking and educational programs, which improve the trial skills of its members.
Founded as the Association of Insurance Attorneys in 1941, it has established itself as one of the premier defense trial attorney organizations in the legal profession.