Steak out: Anyone who has ever launched a business knows pinning down a precise opening date is tricky. Much depends on the pace of contractors, equipment arriving, permitting and hundreds of little details in between. In that spirit, upscale island steakhouse Number 13, 7819 Broadway in Galveston, has pushed its soft opening date tentatively to Oct. 29. 

Eatery owners and managers had hoped to open a week earlier, but had to adjust the date after some delays in equipment deliveries and other work needed to open, reports Chef Eric Nelson, vice president of culinary for the RK Group, which is partnering with Pelican Rest Marina to open Number 13. 

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, Nelson said. And it will serve decadent desserts. 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. As previously buzzed, 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 a more formal indoor dining room. For information, call 409-572-2650.

Mailbag: A reader emailed: “We live near the intersection at (state Highway) 96 and South Shore Boulevard in League City. There is activity on the commercial pad at the northwest corner of this intersection, and we are curious what will be there. Building has already begun on what we think is an urgent-care office. There are rumors that a Starbucks may also locate there and maybe a McDonald’s.”

Answer: According to city permit records, McDonald’s has applied for permits to build at 2550 state Highway 96; coffee purveyor Starbucks has applied for permits to build a store at 2454 Marina Bay Drive and an Immediate Medical Care is seeking permits to build at site at 2640 state Highway 96. No word on construction timelines. Stay tuned.

Fond farewell: A longtime downtown island eatery has closed, but another will take its place. After nearly 10 years of serving up Czechoslovakian, German and Hungarian food, along with beer and wine, downtown island eatery Courtyard Cafe has closed. Ladislav and Terry Klos, owners of the European-style restaurant, 2519 Market St., plan to pursue other interests. Ladislav Klos will continue his masonry contractor work through his company Klos Restoration; Terry Klos plans to spend more time with her grandchildren. The couple wanted to thank Courtyard Cafe patrons, many of whom also have become friends.

“We’re really going to miss them and want to thank them for many years of supporting us,” Terry Klos said. “That’s going to be the hard part.” 

Warm welcome: Meanwhile, look for another eatery to open in the Courtyard Cafe building, she said. The owners are from out of state and are planning a restaurant concept that will be new to the island, Terry Klos said. She declined to divulge too many details, but said the new restaurant would serve lunch and dinner and could be open by December. Stay tuned. 

Bingo call: The unceremonious closure of 51st Street Bingo, 706 51st St. on the island, is still a mystery. (If anyone can spell out the details, please give Buzz a buzz). But for bingo enthusiasts, there’s news. 

The Galveston Kiwanis Club has joined forces with The Galveston Elks Lodge No. 126, 1518 23rd St., to offer a night of bingo from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 18. The event offers a $1,500 minimum all-cash payout. Bingo/dinner packages are available for purchase in advance from Galveston Kiwanis. 

A six-pack of bingo cards for 10 games and dinner is $25 in advance; a 12-pack of bingo cards for 10 games and dinner is $30. Extra bingo cards can be purchased with cash on the night of the event. There also will be a cash bar. And bingo cards will be available for purchase the night of the event for those who don’t want dinner, which will be fried fish with fries and coleslaw. Contact John Stahlman (409-457-7563) or any Kiwanis or Elks member for bingo/dinner packages.

Coming Tuesday: Another breastaurant for the Clear Lake area? Read that and more in Tuesday’s Biz Buzz.


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


(1) comment

Steve Fouga

Losing the Courtyard is a blow. Once again, an excellent Island restaurant gives up the ghost.

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