Hello sugar: After months of anticipation, the combination Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins at 2340 Marina Bay Drive in League City plans a 5 a.m. Friday soft opening, officials said. Look for official grand opening festivities to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Dunkin’ Donuts, which has 7,400 U.S. shops, plans to grow its U.S. presence to 15,000 in the next 20 years.
The eatery is known for more than doughnuts. Fans also swear by the coffee and other breakfast items.
Ice cream purveyor Baskin-Robbins creates and markets ice cream, specialty frozen desserts and beverages at nearly 7,300 retail shops in nearly 50 countries.
The new League City store will be the southern most Dunkin’ Donuts in the greater Houston area and the only one in the county.
Time flies: Businesses come and go. So, it’s nice that some stick around. Island businessman Ken Peacock next week is celebrating 40 years of business on the corner of 20th Street and Broadway on the island.
Peacock opened J.P. Food Store at the site in July 1974. The Peacock family is planning four days of special events and promotions beginning July 21 at the Texaco/J.P. Food Store to salute customers, some who have shopped there from the beginning.
The 20th Street and Broadway location was the first of several for Peacock, who can be found working the register, sweeping the floor, doing paperwork or just visiting with customers Mondays through Fridays — and a lot of Saturdays.
What’s that? Some readers are wondering about that metallic blue building on the north side of Interstate 45 next to Motel 6 on the island.
It’s a maintenance facility with some storage space for the Sea Scout Base underway across the freeway at 7511 Broadway.
The building is on the base’s satellite parking lot, which will be used for overflow during events. People who park there will be shuttled to the base.
Meaty milestone: A Texas City sandwich shop is taking a big bite into the burger business.
Last week, Antonini’s Subs & Steaks, 3509 Palmer Highway, marked a milestone by selling its 1,000th hamburger, Michael Antonini II reports.
The eatery, which opened in late 2012, began serving up burgers about six months ago.
Word starting getting around about the burgers, made of premium meat cooks grind on site and shape by hand into patties. A local bakery makes the buns.
Although the burgers are gaining in popularity, big sellers still include the Philly Cheese Steak and the Italian Sub.
Antonini’s father, Michael Antonini, owns the first Antonini’s Subs & Steaks, at 17314 state Highway 3 in the Clear Lake area.