Pier review: After many years and attempts at commercial development on the site of the island’s famous Balinese Room, one of the county’s most prolific developers is promising less talk and more action.

Balinese redux

JMK5 Holdings has acquired the rights to develop on the site of the long gone Balinese Room, 2107 Seawall Blvd., from businessman Scott Arnold, who has 30 years remaining on his lease with the Texas General Land Office. This rendering shows plans for a 27,000-square-foot deck and restaurant developments on the site.

“It’s happening,” Jerome Karam, a principal in JMK5 Holdings, said this week.

Karam buys Balinese Room

Friendswood attorney and developer Jerome Karam, through JMK5 Holdings, has acquired the rights to the Balinese Room Pier from Scott Arnold, who has 30 years remaining on his lease.

Is Katie’s Seafood House planning a seawall location?

A trench through a field near the seawall between 12th and 11th streets in Galveston could be a new location for Katie’s Seafood House, which operates a popular restaurant at 2000 Wharf Road on the island’s waterfront.

Biz Buzz- Pizza Forno

A Pizza Forno vending machine stands in a parking lot on Tiki Island on Thursday.

Laura Elder: 409-683-5248; laura.elder@galvnews.com


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