It’s a date: Talk about building an appetite. After some minor delays, owners and managers of upscale island eatery Number 13 Prime Steak and Seafood are serving up an official opening date — Dec. 10.
Number 13, 7809 Broadway at Pelican Rest Marina, will offer high-end steak and seafood fare and handcrafted cocktails, all with a waterfront view. Menu options range from aged steaks to octopus “a la pancha,” local burrata, crawfish beignets and an array of gourmet sides and sauces.
The restaurant was born through a partnership with owners of Pelican Rest Marina and The RK Group, a high-end catering and events company based in San Antonio.
The menus at Number 13 are built using as many local and regional ingredients as possible, partnership officials said. Executive Chef Jason Hanin has researched and met with numerous area vendors.
Number 13 will serve lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Look for a special Sunday brunch to begin a few weeks after opening.
Patrons have a choice between high-end dining inside the restaurant or a more casual feel on the two-story outdoor Terrace or adjacent patio. The Terrace has boaters in mind and will offer everything from sauteed mussels in a Champagne mustard broth to pork belly sliders, a grilled grouper sandwich and even a fully loaded gourmet hot dog from local vendor 44 Farms.
The establishment will feature live music Thursday through Saturday nights.
“Our guests will experience incredible food prepared with the utmost attention to detail while enjoying a beautiful view of Pelican Rest Marina and Offatts Bayou,” said Eric Nelson, vice president of culinary operations. “We’ve thought about every detail that will make dining with us an unforgettable experience.”
Number 13 is accepting reservations at www.number13steak.com or 409-572-2650.
Dishing it: Is a new Italian eatery preheating for a move into the building formerly occupied by Luigi’s Ristorante Italian in the island’s downtown? Such savory speculation has been simmering for weeks. After 17 years, Luigi’s closed its 2328 Strand restaurant Nov. 1. But it doesn’t appear the space will be vacant for long.
“We’ve been interviewing some very good prospects,” confirms Bill Ross, senior vice president and general manager of Mitchell Historic Properties, which owns the building. But so far, no one has formally committed to a lease, Ross said. Luigi’s, which was known for its Northern Italian dishes, left Galveston to open in Houston.
Readers rave: Meanwhile, Italian food newcomer Trattoria La Vigna, which in October opened at 420 20th St. in the island’s downtown, continues to generate buzz and rave reviews from readers.
Sal and Pina Ruggieri own the authentic eatery, which serves up such fare as Tagliatelle alla Bolognese (homemade tagliatelle pasta made with a ragu of beef, carrots and onion) and Veal Scaloppini ai Funghi (veal filet served in a mushroom sauces served with homemade pasta).
Trattoria la Vigna, in the building formerly occupied by Que Cafe, also serves chicken, steak and seafood dishes along with panini and desserts. For information, call 409-797-4927.
Time travel: The island’s Marchi Travel Service, which is marking 90 years, has postponed the ribbon-cutting ceremony with which it planned to mark its new location at 2724 61st St. The travel agency had planned the ceremony for earlier this month, but has changed the time for next month. Stay tuned.
Building bustle: Readers are wondering about all that activity at the building formerly occupied by Wagner Tractor & Implement Co., 12227 state Highway 6 in Santa Fe. City officials said the owner has been painting and cleaning up the property.
Wagner moved from the site years ago and other tenants have come and gone. But while several potential tenants have inquired with the about acceptable uses of the building — someone inquired about opening a fitness studio there, while another asked about offices — no one has applied for permits. Stay tuned.
Money talk: Texas City-based Amoco Federal Credit Union has opened a Clear Lake-area branch, 2585 Bay Area Blvd. More than 100 people attended the Nov. 19 ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening. The Clear Lake addition marks eight branches for Amoco, founded in 1937.
Buzz blooper: A Buzz item last week should have said that Kelsey-Seybold was building a clinic near LongHorn Steakhouse, not Lone Star Steakhouse.