Rooftop report: Crews have begun work on 29 new town houses at Campeche Shores, a development on Sydnor Bayou on the island.
The addition of the new units will bring the total number of town houses at the development to 60. The town houses will boast bayou and bay views.
Prices start at $295,000 and go up to $369,000, depending on size and floor plan. Chris Arneson, owner of Building Solutions, is the homebuilder.
Building Solutions, which has the first town house under construction and two more permitted, plans to build out all the remaining sites during the next few years.
Building Solutions also is adding amenities, including a picnic area with a fire ring and upgrades to the pier. Gary Schero of Heritage Texas Properties is marketing the town houses.
Are you lovin’ it? Does anyone else want fries with this buzz? Robert Flores is planning a June 18 official opening for his latest McDonald’s franchise, 2550 state Highway 96.
The 4,200-square-foot eatery marks the fourth League City McDonald’s for Flores, who owns 16 altogether in Galveston County and surrounding areas.
The eatery features more efficient drive-through lanes and state-of-the-art digital menu boards, along with flat-screen TVs and fast Wi-Fi.
Flores plans a pre-opening lot party on Tuesday at which 96 people will win 96 meals each to mark the opening of the state Highway 96 location.
Participants will be allowed on the lot at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The first 96 eligible participants will be given red wrist bands. All participants must stay on the lot until the contest ends at 10 p.m. that night. Food and refreshments will be provided.
Participants also are asked to bring nonperishable canned good items to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Galveston. Email Kristie.Smith02@us.stores.mcd.com for lot party rules and regulations.
Whopper wait over? In more fast-food news, the long-awaited Burger King, 5815 Broadway on the island, could possibly — the emphasis on possibly — open some time this week, developer Shoukat Dhanani said.
Along with the 2,700-square-foot Burger King, Dhanani also has developed the adjacent convenience store and Shell gas station at the site.
The Burger King has been more than two years in the making and most recently was delayed when in February crews uncovered a drainage pipe that wasn’t on the city’s utility maps. The island’s last Burger King franchise closed in 2004. Stay tuned.
Howdy cupcake: That delicious rumor the island would get a new cupcake shop is true. Tina Davis plans to open a The Cupcake Cowgirls franchise, 21st and Church St. downtown. Davis, who recently moved to Bayou Vista with her husband, is aiming for an early July opening. Davis has shopped with local merchants for most of the store decorations, she said.
Rebecca Clanton and baking partner Nicole Costa were crowned the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” champions in 2012. Not long after that sweet victory, Clanton opened The Cupcake Cowgirls in Spring and began franchising. Among the many popular cupcakes flavors are Maple Bacon, Carrot Cake and Grandma Love. Davis promises to get back with Buzz with a precise opening date. Stay tuned.
More Stuff: Meanwhile, Shrimp ’N Stuff owner Jeff Antonelli confirmed Tuesday he plans to open a downtown eatery at 2226 Mechanic St. in the space formerly occupied by Speculoos Patisserie & Cafe and, before that, Phoenix Bakery.
Look for a late July or early August opening of the eatery, which will serve up its popular fried shrimp, fish, oysters and gumbo.
Along with old favorites, the downtown concept also might serve up some new menu items. The 38-year-old casual dining spot operates at 3901 Ave. O and a food truck on Jamaica Beach.
Antonelli said he has fond memories of doing business downtown. He and family own longtime island business Travel Counselors at 2508 Ball St. The robust cruise-ship business and strong tourist activity downtown inspired the new location, he said.
Can you read this? Whoever said four eyes can’t be fashionable wasn’t seeing clearly. Texas State Optical, 515 22nd St. in the island’s downtown, is having an Oliver Peoples trunk show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The entire frame collection will be available for party goers to try on.
“No store can carry a full line of any product, but at a trunk show like this, you can see every model, in every size and every color,” Dr. Kevin Katz, who owns the island Texas State Optical, said.
Snacks, desserts and mimosas will be served.