On the runway: Businessman Dennis Byrd managed for months to keep plans to open his popular restaurant concept, The Spot, at William P. Hobby Airport quietly. No small feat on the chatty island. It all became public last week, however, in reports about a highly contentious concession contract.
This column has been updated to reflect that Gordon Food Service no longer calls its store GFS Marketplace.
Hot dish: The island’s dining scene just got sweeter and spicier with the opening of two eateries.
Main event: Readers are hungry for news about the reopening-day status of Main St. Bistro, which is moving from its longtime spot at 615 Main St. to Walding Station, 100 Perkins Ave. in League City.
Waitin’ away in Margaritaville? A news report that construction would begin this month on a $110 million, 14-story hotel on the island’s East End was a bit premature.
Coffee grounds: Buzz about national chain PJ’s Coffee entering the Galveston County market has been on slow drip — until now. Crews in the next few weeks will begin pouring the slab for a 15,000-square-foot commercial development in Grand Oak Village, just north of the intersection of Inters…
Grill thrill: The old adage “retail follows rooftops” appears to be playing out in Santa Fe. The latest evidence is the announcement by Ricky Craig that Hubcap Grill & Bar plans a spring or early summer opening at 12405 FM 1764 in the building previously occupied by Boudin Barn. Craig is…
Walmart wall art: After months of work, the island’s Walmart on Friday formally unveiled its renovated store with a highly local aesthetic.
Getting fresh: Grocery and food options are growing in La Marque. Dollar General last week completed renovations and unveiled its DG Market concept in its 914 Bayou Road store. The DG Market concept offers fresh produce and meat, along with Dollar General’s typical merchandise. Look for more…
First waterfront luxury condos planned for Bolivar Peninsula; country Western club replaces The Jungle
Bullish on Bolivar: Bolivar Peninsula is booming and the latest evidence is plans by Austin-based Island Sky Investments to build the first luxury waterfront condominium on Crystal Beach.
Filling a niche: Single-use plastic pollution is a trending topic in Galveston and elsewhere. And one islander has built a solution into her business model.
A wave of automated car washes raced to the island to snap up land, new restaurants turned on their burners, national retailers reshuffled real estate and longtime businesses shocked us by closing or selling. Here’s a Biz Buzz review of 2022.
And ... action! Here’s a Christmas present for movie lovers long awaiting news about the return of a theater at Mainland City Centre, 10000 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City.
Lease low-down: Odds of e-commerce giant Amazon ever operating from its nearly finished $30 million delivery station in League City have gotten considerably slimmer.
On top of it: Dignitaries, bankers and business boosters gathered Monday for a topping-out ceremony at Tannos Development Group‘s $23 million office building in Friendswood.
Good sign? Covering of a sign at the building that was long home to restaurant DiBella’s has caused a stir among islanders hoping for a return of a neighborhood eatery at 1902 31st St.
Restaurant signs, building buys and new ventures. Laura Elder has all the buzz when her column returns Dec. 3.
Saloon soon? Owners aren’t talking, but there’s some evidence the building formerly housing The Reef Seafood House, 1301 31st ½ St. in Texas City, soon will be home to Stagecoach Saloon & Restaurant,
Hot dish: Downtown island dining options are about to get more appetizing. After extensive renovations, Leeland House plans to open early next week at 2711 Market St., in the space previously occupied by Gypsy Joynt, which earlier this year moved to 6105 Stewart Road.
Upscale Blue Lagoon Bar & Grill pre-heats for Texas City opening; Santa Fe's Lone Star Pharmacy ups the dosage
Resort report: An upscale waterfront restaurant in Texas City is setting the table for weekend-long festivities to debut its official Nov. 11 grand opening.