Palace intrigue: Inquiring readers want to know what happened to Bubba’s Shrimp Palace, which has closed its original 113 Sixth St. restaurant in San Leon and its more recent one in the former Sudie’s Seafood House, 325 Interstate 45 N. A sign on the door at the League City site, which opened in 2015, blamed Hurricane Harvey damage and cleanup for the closure.
“We will be back as soon as possible,” according to the posted sign.
There’s also a “For Sale” sign at the building.
Bubba’s Shrimp Palace is known for fresh-caught seafood and all-you-can-eat shrimp specials. Owners last week could not be reached for comment. But rumors are flying that a well-known oysterman is interested in the San Leon site. Stay tuned.
Smokin’ buzz: After months of construction, Red River Bar-B-Que & Grill in League City has moved into its new 10,000-square-foot building behind the old building, 1911 E. Main St.
“It’s beautiful and rustic,” Jim Molina, a Red River manager, said.
Crews in early November will begin taking the old building down to the frame to prepare for a massive remodel that will result in Red River Cantina, a fine Tex-Mex eatery. Red River Cantina’s plush ambience will feature leather booths, a big bar, open kitchen, two waterfalls and a tortilleria for making both flour and corn varieties on-site.
Look for a 2018 summer opening of Red River Cantina.
Good gravy! The griddle is going again at Kelley’s Country Cookin’, 1502 W. Main St., in League City. After some flooding at the restaurant, the eatery has made a post-Harvey return. The restaurant is known for such down-home fare as chicken-fried steak and really big biscuits.
Temporary move: League City-based Harbourview Care Center has temporarily moved 125 residents to other skilled-nursing facilities as it makes Hurricane Harvey repairs.
The center, 300 Enterprise Ave., wasn’t flooded by Hurricane Harvey, but wind-driven rain penetrated certain areas of the building, causing some water damage in common areas, said Steve Conner, CEO of Regent Care Management Services.
Other areas around entrances were also affected when drains were overwhelmed by rain. Harbourview managers decided to take the opportunity to not only replace some carpets and flooring, but to perform a complete renovation and renewal of the facility, Conner said.
“Residents, who are our primary concern, should not be subjected to the noise and annoyance of such construction,” Conner said.
Renovations are expected to take from four to six months, he said. Stay tuned.
Wing thing: Look for an Oct. 25 opening of Pluckers Wing Bar in the Bayway Village II Shopping Center, 20821 I-45, in Webster. City officials announced the pending arrival of Pluckers late last year. Pluckers is known for spicy hot wings, cold beer and plenty of TVs tuned to sports.
Mystery buyer: A firm by the name BMC Capital has arranged a $13.7 million loan for the acquisition of a 238-unit multifamily property in Galveston, rebusinesson line.com reports. But the identity of the buyer and the exact locale of the apartment complex are mysteries. The name of the property and borrower were withheld, reported the website, which covers the real estate industry.
Shop talk: Hurricane Harvey inflicted much destruction on the county, but it also spurred the launch of at least one new island retail business.
Longtime antique dealers and sisters Becky Palmer and Tammie Taylor had their wares in a co-op on Postoffice Street in the island’s downtown. But storm damage to the building forced the temporary closure of that business.
Faced with the daunting prospect of moving their merchandise to a storage facility, the sisters decided to explore the possibility of opening their own store. They found a home for their venture at the old Galveston Model Dairy and Creamery, 2323 Winnie St.
They joined two more antique dealers — Kathleen Sabala and Jo Mooney — and opened Antiques on Winnie in late September. The shop held its grand opening Saturday.
“It’s hard to believe we pulled this off so quickly,” Palmer said.
Antiques on Winnie offers furniture, glassware and china, collectibles, including pocket knives, rosaries, vintage books and clothing, Galveston souvenirs and more.
Hoppy news: The Great American Beer Festival, presented by the Brewers Association, is considered the Olympics of beer competitions. And this year, Galveston Island Brewing‘s Blue Bridge Hoppy Amber walked away with a bronze medal in the American Amber/Red category. The top three winners in the competition’s 98 beer-style categories were announced Oct. 7 during the festival’s awards ceremony at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
Blue Bridge is an American Amber Ale that showcases caramel notes paired with hints of hoppy flavors, Galveston Island Brewing owner Mark Dell’Osso said. The beer is one of the brewery’s originals, named after the Galveston railroad lift bridge.
Dell’Osso operated a tug boat on the bridge project before opening the brewery in 2014.
“I first brewed Blue Bridge in my garage for my co-workers on the bridge project, naturally they loved the beer and the name.”
Competition is fierce at the festival.
“With a record 8,000-plus entries, this year’s competition was the most competitive to date” said Chris Swersey, competition manager of the festival.
The win shows that Galveston can be a destination for beer, on top of everything else, Dell’Osso said.
Buzz blooper: A Biz Buzz item last week should have said the name of Jimmy Wisner‘s company is Wisner Custom Homes.
Wisner is a general contractor specializing in home construction and has opened an office at West Island Professional Center, 6511 Stewart Road, on the island.