Biz Buzz - Hooters

If the city of Galveston issues permits, the building most recently occupied by On The Bayou restaurant at 61st Street and Heards Lane could be the site of a Hooters.

Stuart Villanueva/The Daily News

Hooter holler: Ever since confirming it would return to the island, Hooters has been hush-hush about exactly where.

But city officials this week, in response to a Biz Buzz inquiry, confirmed Hooters had filed a permit application for an interior build-out at 6028 Heards Lane.

“The permit is currently being reviewed,” city officials said.

Hooters this week declined to divulge the Heards Lane site until it had received permits.

The permit application validates persistent rumors that Hooters was planning to open in the highly visible building on the shores of English Bayou and on a major gateway in the 10,000-square-foot building most recently occupied by George’s Texas Cuisine and T-Bones Sports Bar. The Heards Lane building fronts 61st Street and is a high-traffic area for locals and visitors to the beaches.

Those in the know say contractors already are bidding for the project.

Hooters, a chain known for chicken wings and sexy waitresses in orange short-shorts, in September confirmed it would return to the island eight years after Hurricane Ike smashed to pieces its popular Seawall restaurant on a pier over the Gulf of Mexico.

Hooters, which bills itself as “delightfully tacky, yet unrefined,” is the original “breastaurant,” a term coined in the 1990s about the time the chain became popular. Such restaurants are known for attractive waitresses and clever names that often serve as double entendres. Hooters refers to both its owl logo — owls, of course, hoot — and also is slang for women’s breasts.

Last year, real estate firm Moody Rambin acquired the Heards Lane property from the estate of Bob Greig.

Before George’s Texas Cuisine and T-Bones Sports Bar, which closed in late 2015, the building had been home to a long line of eateries, including China Border, China Island Buffet and Saka Sushi & Hibachi.

What’s that? All that construction along the shores of English Bayou on the frontage road of Interstate 45 near 61st Street is for Fresenius Dialysis, which plans to open a facility at the commercial complex, said Lamson Nguyen, who owns the property and is the developer.

Dialysis therapy is a blood-cleansing procedure that substitutes the function of the kidney in the case of kidney failure.

Fresenius, which is planning a September opening, will be neighbors to paint purveyor Sherwin-Williams, along with Verizon Wireless and Mattress One.

Room service: Could a hotel and restaurant soon finally rise near mega-convenience store Buc-ee’s in Texas City? That’s the rumor making the rounds. Details are scarce and developers haven’t filed for permits, but sources say the midpriced hotel and restaurant would be built near the 230-unit apartment complex Catalon at Lago Mar underway at 6130 Lago Mar Blvd. on land between Tanger Outlets and Buc-ee’s.

The Lago Mar development is a massive mixed-use project in Texas City that includes commercial and residential projects. With about 7,000 homes planned eventually for Lago Mar, more commercial development is sure to follow, city officials have said.

In an unusual twist, retail preceded rooftops in Lago Mar.

Lago Mar was conceived 10 years ago but was stymied by a housing collapse in 2007. The first phase of houses is firmly underway today, however.

Credit due: In more Lago Mar activity, a sign next to Buc-ee’s portends the imminent arrival of a TDECU. The credit union acquired land from Buc-ee’s to build the Texas City credit union. Texas Dow Employees Credit Union was formed in 1955 when a group of Dow employees pitched in $5 each to loan a friend $35 to buy a refrigerator. Today, the not-for-profit financial cooperative has 250,000 members, $2.9 billion in assets and 43 service locations, including 36 member centers.

A little lagniappe: League City dining options continue to grow. First, as promised, Roux House has opened in League City, 3202 Marina Bay Drive. The independently owned restaurant serves Creole and Cajun cuisine. Roux House, open for lunch and dinner every day except Mondays, serves such fare as andouille sausage, Gulf shrimp rémoulade, blackened oysters and specializes in soups, gumbos and étouffée, among other dishes. And this week, the restaurant secured its liquor license.

“Everything is made from scratch,” said Brent Leacroy, who launched the restaurant with his brother Beau, the creative force behind the food.

Their mother, Glenda Brents, also helps at Roux House and is credited with interior decorations. Their aunt, Shawn Dolezal, makes all the desserts.

Roux House is not affiliated with The Roux House, a famous venue for drinks and live music in Baton Rouge, La.

Salad days: Meanwhile, Pinnacle Park in League City has scored another eatery. Salata, known for custom salads, wraps and soups, plans to occupy 3,000 square feet and will face I-45 in the second phase of Pinnacle Park, which is at I-45 and Big League Dreams Parkway. The second phase of Pinnacle Park will include 32,000 square feet and is scheduled to be complete in the fourth quarter this year, just south of Cabela’s. Salata plans a grand opening in the late winter this year, officials with Pinnacle Alliance Fund, the developer of Pinnacle Park, said.

Salata will join PizzaFire, Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, Firehouse Subs, Beef Jerky Outlet and Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant.

Reach reporter Laura Elder at 409-683-5248 or

(2) comments

Steve Fouga

Anyone taking bets for how long it lasts?

Ron Shelby

I'm thinking that it would have done much better on back on the seawall where people walk past, rather than having to drive to it specifically. Now they will really have to plan to seek the restaurant out. But I guess we'll see.

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