Steak out: Inquiring readers want to know about that construction activity north of restaurant Jimmy Changas, 2504 Interstate 45 in League City.
Crews have begun work on what soon will be Quaker Steak & Lube.
For the uninitiated, the 45-store chain is playing off motor oil maker Quaker State. As previously buzzed, the concept is known for its wings, beer and muscle cars. Quaker Steak & Lube is expected to complement Jimmy Changas and bolster efforts to create a restaurant/entertainment destination in that area, Owen Rock, League City’s economic development manager, said.
George “Jig” Warren III and Gary “Moe” Meszaros created the Quaker Steak concept in 1974 when the nation had its first gas crisis, according to the company’s history. Gas stations were closing, and carmakers at the time were exploring how to develop cars that got better mileage.
Warren and Meszaros wanted to create a place that would preserve the culture of those old gas stations and high-powered muscle cars.
The first restaurant in Sharon, Pa., included a 1936 Chevrolet frozen in time on a hydraulic grease rack. The chain began as a “cook-your-own-steak” concept, but its signature dish is chicken wings. No word on an opening date.
Scouting sites: Meanwhile, League City is getting off to a strong start in the new year. Typically, development news is slow in late December and early January. But two separate companies in wholesale and distribution are scouting League City sites. Rock declined to divulge identities just yet, but confirms one company is considering building a 10,000-square-foot distribution site, while another is seeking to lease 10,000 square feet of warehouse/office space.
“It’s nice to get the calls and work with these companies so early in the year,” Rock said.
Eager Beaver: Could this be a sign that Texas chain Buc-ee’s may be opening sooner than its summer projection? The chain, which is building a 60,000-square-foot store and also a fueling station at Interstate 45 and Holland Road, this month filed an application with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to sell beer and wine at the Texas City site.
Buc-ee’s, a distinctly Texan phenomenon with a cult following among road-trippers, is known for clever beaver billboards, clean, spacious bathrooms, plenty of fuel pumps and those famous Beaver Nuggets, of course.
The Texas City Buc-ee’s will boast between 45 and 56 gas pumps and employ about 150 people, officials said. Stay tuned.
Good hair day: Texas City’s Envy Hair Salon is known for giving clients a beauty makeover. But the salon, 2302 Palmer Highway in Texas City, is soon to undergo its own transformation.
Crews this week will begin work on an expansion and remodeling of the salon by making use of the property next door. Envy Hair Salon owner Renee Spurgeon owns the property next to the salon — 2304 and 2306 Palmer Highway. She also owns the lot behind the salon, which she’ll use for more customer parking.
The 7-year-old shop is about 1,800 square feet. When the expansion is complete, it will total about 4,000 square feet, have 15 salon stations, a massage room and a separate nail salon, which Spurgeon will lease out to a tenant.
Spurgeon aims to offer a one-stop shop, with hair styling, color, makeup — both permanent and traditional — along with nails and massage services. The salon also offers the increasingly popular sew-in extensions. Spurgeon has hired an all-new staff.
“They’re very friendly and outgoing,” Spurgeon said. “It’s a whole new shop.”
Envy Hair Salon will remain open during renovations. Call 409-945-7975.
Spicy buzz: Longtime island eatery La Estacion, 2428 Ball St. in downtown Galveston, has reopened and its former owner Gloria Mulvaney is again running the show. Mulvaney, whose family bought the 22-year-old Mexican restaurant in 2005, had for about a year leased La Estacion to another manager. But that manager, which some longtime patrons didn’t warm up to, is no longer there.
The eatery was closed a few days during the transition, but is again serving up Mexican fare. And Mulvaney wants everyone to know she has returned.
La Estacion was longtime favorite among locals, especially downtown dwellers and workers. The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch only and is known for huge breakfast burritos, crispy tacos and enchiladas. Call 409-762-4262.
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