Temporary tattle: A major manufacturer and retailer of furniture is planning a temporary store in Dickinson as consumers whose homes were flooded during Hurricane Harvey prepare to refurnish.

City officials confirm Ashley Furniture HomeStore plans to open in the former Palais Royal space, 3465 Interstate 45. Palais Royal closed shortly before Hurricane Harvey struck in late August. Arcadia, Wis.-based Ashley Furniture’s nearest location is just outside Galveston County in Webster. Ashley Furniture is planning to operate in Dickinson for a year, said Zach Meadows, director of community development.

Ashley Furniture Industries, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of home furnishings, said it has contributed products and subsidized discounts with a retail value of $2 million to Texas and Florida after hurricanes Harvey and Irma. No word on an opening date. Stay tuned.

Whata-decision: Meanwhile, Whataburger in Dickinson likely will demolish its Harvey-damaged restaurant and build from the ground up, Meadows said. But Dickinson officials haven’t gotten final word about Whataburger’s decision, he said.

Whataburger, 3300 I-45, is in a 500-year floodplain, which requires the building to be 18 inches above the crown of the road or the highest adjacent grade, Meadows said. Whataburger has been considering whether to renovate or rebuild completely, Stay tuned.

Percolating: Those in the know say coffee giant Starbucks has an earnest money contract on land in Dickinson to build a free-standing store. Starbucks already sells coffee in the city through its shop in Kroger, 3410 I-45, but is seeking a stand-alone site, insiders report.

After five years, Nonno Tony’s Seafood Kitchen on Pier 21 in Galveston closed its doors on Saturday.

Galveston Restaurant Group made the closure announcement Friday, while thanking staff, family and friends.

“Nonno’s was born to help create a richer destination on Pier 21 and we believe we accomplished that,” Galveston Restaurant Group said in a statement. “However, business is business and difficult decisions must be made. The ultimate regret is that Nonno Tony’s was named for Anthony “Tony” Smecca, patriarch of the Smecca Family.

Staff members are being moved to other Galveston Restaurant Group properties. Further expansion in the Galveston and South Houston area is in the planning stages,” company principals said.

What’s that? Inquiring readers want the dirt about all that excavation on three empty lots on 25th Street, including the former site of Deborah’s Community Garden, 25th and Postoffice streets in Galveston’s downtown. The other two lots are near the Galveston Railroad Museum, 2602 Santa Fe Place.

Details were scarce, but city officials said all the work was for town houses. Look soon for more details.

Rooftop report: A Houston-based developer is planning a 32-lot subdivision, called West Isle, on the farthest southwest end of the island, near San Luis Pass, Daily News city reporter Samantha Ketterer reports. The land — about 100 acres — is west of and adjacent to the Pointe West subdivision. The Galveston Planning Commission has yet to OK a request to plat the land, in part because of unaddressed concerns from the Galveston fire marshal, commissioners said. Stay tuned.

American dream? Clear Lake area officials are buzzing about Colorado-based American Furniture Warehouse Co.’s plan to buy about 23 acres in Webster for a 350,000-square-foot retail showroom and distribution/warehouse. The address of the site is 21404 I-45, just south of TopGolf, reports the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership.

American Furniture Warehouse plans to be open for business on or before May 1, 2019, with about 350 full-time employees, the partnership reports. The investment value, which includes land, development and construction costs, is about $50 million.

Laura Elder: 409-683-5248; laura.elder@galvnews.com

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Jon Babara

Galveston rest group, lol.

Bill Cochrane

Jon. lol -meaning?

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