Star struck: News last week that Star Cinema Grill would anchor Baybrook Mall’s 555,000-square-foot expansion had some moviegoers wondering what would become of the local chain’s original dine-in theater at 1020 W. NASA Parkway in Webster.
That remains to be seen. Details aren’t finalized, and the fate of the Webster theater still is under consideration, Gus Vazquez, vice president of operations for the growing Houston-based chain, said Monday.
If Star Cinema Grill decided to close the Webster theater, which opened 10 years ago offering first-run films an extensive menu and full-service bar, loyal fans would need to only trek a little more than a mile to the new theater, Vazquez said.
Moviegoers would be impressed with the 42,147-square-foot Baybrook Mall theater expected to open in the fall of 2015, he said. The Baybrook Mall theater, which will be the chain’s flagship, will feature a contemporary design, lounge and bar areas and the latest technologies, including Sony 4K Digital Projection and RealD 3D.
Earlier this year, General Growth Properties, which owns Baybrook Mall, and the landowner, a CDC Houston-managed entity, announced plans to add 555,000 square feet to the 1.2-million-square-foot shopping center at Interstate 45 south and Bay Area Boulevard in Friendswood.
The multimillion-dollar outdoor expansion will add more than 30 retailers, 10 restaurants and entertainment and hospitality venues to the property.
Officials are naming restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues as leases are signed.
Wulfe & Co.’s Kristen Barker represented Star Cinema Grill in the lease transaction. Greg Sullivan of General Growth Properties represented the mall, according to reports.
Inaction flick: As Star Cinema Grill moves ahead with its plans to grow, there’s still not a flicker of development by Dallas-based Studio Movie Grill, which in 2012 announced plans to build a $9 million, 12-screen theater on the northeast corner of I-45 and Victory Lakes Drive in League City. Rumor has it real estate negotiations bogged down and that Studio Movie Grill was looking elsewhere in League City.
More drama: Meanwhile, Plano-based theater chain Cinemark this year reportedly pulled out of a deal to buy land near Tanger Outlets, a shopping center at 5884 I-45 in Texas City. Cinemark operates a Cinemark Movies 12 at the former Mall of the Mainland, 10000 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City, where it has a lease until 2016. The chain also operates an 18-screen movie theater in Webster.
Dishing it: Casual dining concept Quaker Steak & Lube, known for its chicken wings and sauces, plans to open 11 a.m. Wednesday. The eatery at 2502 I-45 in League City will create 100 jobs and will mark the fourth Texas location for the Sharon, Penn., chain.
The first 100 guests Wednesday will receive VIP cards. Opening-day events also include live music by Anika Chambers from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., along with special promotions all week.
Quaker Steak & Lube was founded in 1974. The first one was built in an abandoned gas station. The chain’s 60 restaurants in the United States and Canada feature gas station memorabilia, classic cars, motorcycles, race cars and Corvettes suspended from the ceilings.
Beer buzz: When it comes to craft brew options, our steins runneth over. Tapology Gastropub, 2660 Marina Bay Drive in League City, is less than a month from opening, according to its Facebook postings. Tapology earlier this year leased 3,000 square feet at the site formerly occupied by Berryhill Baja Grill. Crews have been busy transforming the space for the new concept.
The pub will offer 60 different beers on tap and will have a full restaurant with such fare as burgers, steak and chicken, according to reports.
Mailbag: An inquiring reader wanted to know about a small sign in the ditch in front of some storage units on the south side of FM 646, east of I-45 and west of state Highway 3 in League City. Imprinted on the sign is “Waffle House.”
Waffle House officials could not immediately be reached for comment, but a 2012 League City planning and zoning document shows that Waffle House applied to have 1.9 acres replatted into two lots — one proposed lot being 1.37 acres and the other proposed lot being .53 acres, for which the Waffle House at the time submitted a site plan proposing a restaurant.
Norcross, Ga.-based Waffle House was founded in 1955, operates 1,600 restaurants in 25 states and claims to be the world’s leading server of waffles, T-bone steaks, hashbrowns, country ham, cheese and eggs, pork chops and grits. Stay tuned.
Royal treatment: It’s good to be the king — at least Burger King. In case anyone missed it, the fast-food chain finally opened its island eatery at 5815 Broadway. Burger King and the adjacent Shell fuel station were generating long lines during the weekend and Monday. The eatery was two years in the making and marks the only Burger King on the island. The last Burger King franchise left the island 2004.