Prime time: In sizzling dining news, upscale island steakhouse Number 13 is planning an Oct. 18 debut.

Managers of the restaurant at Pelican Rest Marina, 7819 Broadway, are putting final touches on the menu and eatery, which will serve prime steaks and line-caught Gulf seafood, along with appetizers and decadent desserts.

Dry-aged Angus steaks will be on display, and Number 13 will serve a range of fillets and choice cuts of meat from lamb to pork. It will procure seafood from local markets, as well as from around the nation, reports Chef Eric Nelson, vice president of culinary for the RK Group, which is partnering with Pelican Rest Marina to open Number 13.

Expect food presentations to be stylish and original.

“We’ll have very unique presentations you won’t seen anywhere else,” said Nelson, who before joining the RK Group a few years back worked for Ritz-Carlton, a hospitality company known for luxury and top-notch customer service.

Jason Hannin, who has worked at Chelsea Prime in Atlantic City, among other notable dining establishments, is executive chef of Number 13. John Kuit is general manager.

The name “Number 13” was the collective alias of brother pirates Pierre and Jean Lafitte. In late 1815 and early 1816, during the Mexican War of Independence, the Lafitte brothers agreed to act both as spies for Spain and revolutionaries in Mexico and based their activities in Galveston.

Number 13 will boast an outside terrace with a tiki lounge feel and the more formal indoor dining room.

Look for live music on the weekends. The establishment also will boast an impressive list of whiskey, bourbon, wine, beer and specialty cocktails.

Wondering about the dress code? Number 13 will have an island feel, welcoming guests who are casually enjoying a day on the boat or dressed for a night out, owners said.

Pelican Rest Marina serves as a social and commercial hub and destination for boaters along the Gulf Coast. Along with upscale dining, the multiphase project will offer waterfront housing, slips for yachts and boats of all sizes, private event space and all the amenities of a white-glove marina.

In its 67th year, family owned RK Group is a catering and events company with offices in San Antonio, Austin, Houston and Phoenix.

Property lines: There’s no truth to the rumor going around that Galveston-born billionaire Tilman Fertitta planned to buy all the island properties owned by the family of George P. Mitchell, who died July 26 at age 94.

Mitchell also was an island-born billionaire who invested more than $125 million through Mitchell Historic Properties, with holdings that total more than 300,000 square feet of commercial space, loft apartments and three hotels — Hotel Galvez, The Tremont House and Harbor House.

Fertitta’s company, Landry’s Inc., also has sizable investments on the island, including The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and a variety of restaurants.

A Mitchell family representative on Monday said Mitchell’s island holdings weren’t on the market.

Meanwhile, Forbes this month reported the self-made Fertitta, who built a fortune with restaurants and casinos, has a net worth at $2.4 billion.

Medical alert: Houston Methodist last week said it signed letters of intent to assume a majority stake in Christus St. John and St. Catherine hospitals. Locally, the transaction affects Christus St. John in Nassau Bay.

Christus Health will retain a minority interest in the hospitals and a role in governance oversight, officials said. The deal also includes Christus clinics in Nassau Bay.

When the transaction closes, likely by the year’s end, Christus St. John will operate under the Houston Methodist name and management.

“This partnership brings together two faith-based organizations with long-standing commitments to the Houston community,” said Dr. Marc L. Boom, president and CEO of Houston Methodist.

“Now we can expand our services to new areas and new patients in our community. With Christus, we will introduce Houston Methodist to Clear Lake while also furthering their mission.”

Laura Elder is a reporter for The Daily News. Biz Buzz appears Tuesdays and Thursdays. Email your tips and suggestions to

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