On the burner: League City residents soon will be served with fresh restaurant options.
Three restaurants — Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, Firehouse Subs and Beef Jerky Outlet — plan sites at Pinnacle Park, a 100-acre mixed-used development at Interstate 45 and Big League Dreams Parkway. All those tenants will be in the first phase of the park, which is southeast of hunting, fishing and camping retailer Cabela’s underway at the development.
Tilted tattle: For the uninitiated, Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery falls under the genre of breastaurant, where scantily clad women serve up a little cleavage with the cuisine. Think Hooters, Twin Peaks and the like. The 7,466-square-foot Tilted Kilt will offer burgers, wings and other pub fare along with 60-plus beers on tap, with a focus on craft brew. It also will feature a fire pit lounge area and live music.
Fire alarm: Firehouse Subs, founded in 1994 by brothers and former firefighters Chris and Robin Sorensen, offers a fast-casual dining menu of hot and cold submarine sandwiches, salads and a new low-calorie menu. Firehouse Subs will occupy 2,200 square feet at Pinnacle Park.
Beefed up: Finally, Beef Jerky Outlet — a purveyor of such specialty meats as kangaroo, alligator, venison and elk — will open a 1,000-square-foot store at Pinnacle Park. Beef Jerky Outlet seasons the jerky with exotic flavors and specializes in more than 200 varieties and sizes. Jerky is the word used to describe smoking, drying and curing of beef. And around here, it’s a popular snack, particularly among NASA astronauts in space. A Beef Jerky Outlet opened last year in Galveston’s downtown.
Crews already have begun construction on the three Pinnacle Park restaurant spaces with hopes of having them up and running by the summer. Pinnacle Fund Alliance bought the Pinnacle Park site in December 2012. Along with Cabela’s, which is planning a March opening, Memorial Hermann late last year announced it had bought 13 acres along the south boundary of Pinnacle Park with plans to build a Convenient Care Center there. The 24-hour emergency facility will offer on-site imaging and lab services, among other services. Construction is expected to begin in the summer next year and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2017.
Inside scoop: Meanwhile, Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt is reported to have leased 1,050 square feet in the South Shore Shopping Center at the southeast corner of South Shore Boulevard and state Highway 96. Sub Zero is unusual in that it’s an ice cream shop without freezers. It flash freezes ice cream with liquid nitrogen. The faster the freeze, the creamier the ice cream, Sub Zero founders assert. No word on an opening date. Stay tuned.
Dishing it: A much- awaited downtown island restaurant is offering a limited menu and service during Mardi Gras, but is up against the challenge of hiring full-time employees before it officially opens in a few weeks.
Harborside Mercantile, 2021 Strand, will open for dinner today, all day Friday and Saturday and for lunch on Sunday, Ricky Craig, an owner, said. After Mardi Gras festivities are over, the eatery will close for a few weeks as it works to staff up, Craig said. Craig has been interviewing potential employees, but in some cases has been underwhelmed by candidates, he said.
When Harborside Mercantile does officially open, lunchtime likely will be casual counter service, while dinner will be full service, he said. The restaurant will serve food made from scratch and ingredients procured at seafood markets at Harborside Drive — which explains the name Harborside Mercantile. It will serve up New Orleans-style fare such as po’boys, muffuletta sandwiches, seafood platters and more. Craig, who owns the popular Hubcap Grill concept in Houston and Kemah, is opening Harborside Mercantile with business partner Josh Martinez. Stay tuned.
Ship shape: It’s hard to hide a cruise ship the size of Liberty of the Seas, a passenger liner that’s 1,111 feet long and 184 feet wide. But watchful readers have been wondering where it’s been lately. The Royal Caribbean ship made its island debut in November, offering seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries each Sunday. As previously reported, the ship all along was scheduled for a few sailings from the island before it would go to a shipyard for a major makeover that includes new dining options, water slides, a children-only area and staterooms. The 3,634-guest ship left for its dry-dock do-over Jan. 10 and returns Sunday, Port of Galveston officials report. New dining options include modern Mexican restaurant Sabor and Italian trattoria Giovanni’s Table.
Money moves: Notice all that activity at 6811 Stewart Road on the island? Crews are renovating the building for Coastal Community Federal Credit Union, which will move from its 2421 69th St. space to the freshly remodeled one when work is complete, which could be in May, President Carol Gaylord confirms.
Coastal Community Federal Credit Union began in 1957 when employees of the Galveston Fire Department decided to form Galveston Firemen’s Federal Credit Union. In 1973, the name was changed to City of Galveston Federal Credit Union to allow all city employees of Galveston to join. Then, in 1991, the credit union bought the bank building at 2302 Church St., which enabled it to offer more services. What began as a $5 investment for 13 firefighters has grown to a full-service financial institution with assets of more than $56 million and membership of 9,600 members.
The credit union, which also has a La Marque branch, was leasing the 69th Street space and wanted to own a property, leading to the acquisition of the Stewart Road building that at one time housed an insurance agency, Gaylord said. John Moran from Joe Tramonte Realty was the listing agency. The late Realtor Amy Quiroga represented the seller.
On the buzz burner: What’s the status of Seasons Gourmet Food & Grocer, 2701 Broadway on the island? And is a famous jazz café planning a Nassau Bay site? Read more in next week’s Biz Buzz.