Covert operation: For all those readers hungry for opening-date status of Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in La Marque, there’s news.
From the largest man-made lagoon ever to be built in Texas to a shocking closure of a fairly new hospital, business buzz was big in 2018. Here are just a few of the highlights:
Ready for takeoff: Those rumors flying around the island are true — enterprising island brothers Billy, John and Todd Sullivan have acquired the 100,000-square-foot building formerly occupied by the Lone Star Flight Museum, 2002 Terminal Drive in Galveston.
Crystal clear: More details are emerging about the 70-acre mixed-use entertainment destination planned for Lago Mar, particularly about the 12-acre crystal clear lagoon. And it’s apparent the development will significantly increase the number of restaurants in Texas City.
Tail to tell: The island’s seawall is home to a new distillery, and this one serves moonshine — legally.
Street strategy: Island businessman Allen Flores confirms he and business partner Bebob Neumann plan to open Playground Patio Bar, 2325 Strand, in the space previously occupied by Portside Bar & Clothing.
Moveable feasts: Here’s a tasty tidbit for mainlanders who’ve long hankered for a restaurant to return to the space formerly occupied by Ryan’s, a buffet and steak concept that closed its 2310 FM 2004 store in Texas City in February 2016.
Shop talk: Maybe it was pent-up demand, curiosity or all the opening day giveaways. Whatever the reason, hundreds of shoppers descended Thursday on Aldi for the grocery store’s opening in Palmer Plaza, 3442 Palmer Highway in Texas City.
Title tattle: Anyone else notice those fresh For Sale signs at the property occupied by the long-vacant Gerland’s Food Fair building, 2402 45th St. on the island?
Retail detail: Rumors are rampant that off-price clothing and décor retailer Marshalls is planning a Texas City store. The rumors heated up after the opening earlier this month of Marshalls’ competitor, Ross Dress for Less, at Palmer Plaza shopping center in the 3400 block of Palmer Highway.
Factory facts: A popular League City wedding and events venue has said “I do” to a second historic building.
Little Birdie told me: La Marque continues to attract restaurants and shops to its downtown Renaissance District.
Sign language: Fans of the Dickinson Sonic Drive-In, 4401 state Highway 3, are paying close attention to the restaurant’s negotiations with the city to keep the tall pole sign at the property. Specifically, some readers are worried the city’s prohibition on pole signs will stymie plans for t…
Rooftop report: Developments of single-family rental houses are part of a hot national trend that continues to take hold in the county, most recently emerging in League City. And the idea of a subdivision of rental properties concerns some members of the Bay Colony West Homeowners Association.
Building buy: A long-time Galveston facility, founded by billionaire and philanthropist Robert L. Moody Sr., has acquired a 43,000-square-foot building in Nassau Bay with plans to move.
Double trouble: A little less than five months after opening a coffee shop at which baristas in bikinis or lacy little numbers served caffeinated beverages, Trevor Lohr and Juan Martinez have closed Double Cups, 241 S. Egret Bay Blvd. in League City.