On fire: The developer of Pinnacle Park is on a hot streak when it comes to attracting retailers and restaurants. Principals with Pinnacle Alliance Fund, developer of the 100-acre mixed-use town center at Interstate 45 and Big League Dreams Parkway, announced Wednesday that Ohio-based PizzaFire, where patrons customize their own pizzas, would open a 2,965-square-foot eatery at the development. The League City site will be the first Texas location with plans for more to open in the region.
Other restaurants and retailers that have announced plans for Pinnacle Park — anchored by outdoor store Cabela’s — include Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, Firehouse Subs and Beef Jerky Outlet. And last month, Lubbock-based Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurants announced it planned to serve up a 7,600-square-foot eatery at Pinnacle Park.
PizzaFire serves handcrafted Neapolitan pizzas made on-site and in front of patrons.
“We are so excited to have this fast-casual pizza concept in Pinnacle Park,” John G. Meador Jr., a principal of Pinnacle Alliance Fund, said.
Debbie Adams of Edge Realty represented the tenant and Morgan Meador represented the landlord.
Slow, but a go: Speed bumps: Some readers are worried about what they say is a lack of construction activity at 1039 W. Bay Area Blvd. in Webster, where South American cuisine eatery Churrascos is underway. The restaurant was scheduled to open by 2016’s end.
Not to worry, Webster officials say.
“Churrascos will be opening in 2017,” said Karen Coglianese, economic development specialist with the city. “Some of the work outside is held up due to the construction on I-45.”
Houston-based Churrascos — a Portuguese term for grilled meat — plans to open in the site most recently occupied by Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet and before that Cafe Poblano, and before that Macaroni Grill in the Baybrook Gateway Shopping Center.
Tex-Mex troubles: Meanwhile, look next week in the column for a status update on a legal fight that’s to blame for major delays in the opening of El Tiempo Cantina, 20237 I-45 in Webster.
Slow cooking: And sometimes, fast food isn’t so fast. On the island, another much-awaited restaurant saw a construction slow down, leaving readers hungry for answers. Franchisee Andrew Pollman had hoped to open Frenchy’s Chicken, 6105 Stewart Road, by November’s end. But a hiccup in construction and a general slowdown during the holidays pushed plans to mid-Feburary, Pollman said.
The restaurant underway marks a return to the island for the Houston-based chain. In the 1980s, a different franchisee operated Frenchy’s Chicken at 2823 Broadway, where fast-food eatery Henry’s operates today, but the economy faltered and it closed.
The sign is up at the Stewart Road Frenchy’s and the walk-in freezer is on the way. The restaurant is about 75 percent complete, Pollman said.
Pollman also wants readers to know that he wasn’t the Houston-area franchisee involved in a dispute with Frenchy’s over compliance issues involving vendors and menu items that some news outlets reported about last month.
In 1969, Percy “Frenchy” Creuzot Jr. established the Houston-based chain famous for serving up Louisiana Creole cuisine. Besides chicken, Frenchy’s serves such sides as dirty rice, red beans and gumbo and has a loyal following.
Buzz blooper: An item in the Dec. 22 Biz Buzz column should have said Roux House was planning a League City site, 3202 Marina Bay Drive. The sign on the establishment’s arrival is at the building formerly occupied by Claudio & Mattia’s Trattoria Piano Bar. Look soon for more details.