Raise your stein: A year after buzz broke that King’s Bierhaus would open a League City restaurant, the Houston-based concept promises a spring opening. King’s Bierhaus, with strong followings in The Heights and Pearland, offers German/American cuisines and German and Texas drafts. The League City restaurant, 828 W. FM 646, will feature a 300-seat outdoor biergarten, large indoor dining room with communal tables and a playground for children.
Officials with King’s could not be reached for comment. But, according to a social media posting, the restaurant plans to serve more than 10 varieties of sausage and a German and American fusion menu. The Houston-based concept started as a car wash and bratwurst stand and grew to win national acclaim. Stay tuned.
Tropic talk: Elsewhere in League City, Tropical Smoothie Café on Saturday officially opened its newest restaurant, 2575 E. League City Parkway. Tropical Smoothie Café is a fast-casual concept with more than 600 locations and sells freshly made smoothies, flatbreads, wraps, salads and more. The newest location is owned by first-time franchisee Dexter Remy.
Rise and shine: Meanwhile, menu options continue to expand for north county residents. First Watch The Day Time Café is soon to open in League City Towne Center, on the southeast corner of Interstate 45 and FM 646, according to the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership.
First Watch is known for made-to-order breakfast, brunch and lunch. The company, based in University Park, Fla., has more than 300 restaurants in 26 states, including more than 200 First Watch restaurants, 75 The Egg & I restaurants and one Bread & Co. in Nashville. Look for a February opening and more north county dining buzz next week.
What’s that? If you notice crews working at the corner of 25th Street and Texas Avenue in Texas City, it’s all for a Speedway.
Marathon Petroleum Corp. is behind the concept, which is a gasoline station and convenience store with 2,730 locations in 21 states. Speedway is rising at the site formerly occupied by Roy’s Car Salon, a car wash business.
What’s up Doc’s? A little more than five years after Kay Jenkins and her mother, Mary Gilmore, opened Doc’s Boutique, the popular Santa Fe shop will close Jan. 31. And Hurricane Harvey, which caused severe flooding around the county in late August 2017, is partly to blame.
“Over the last few months, we have struggled with letting this adventure come to an end,” Jenkins said in an email to customers. “After Harvey, we realized we need more time to rebuild, more time to travel and more time to enjoy family and life without being tied down to the shop.”
The boutique specializes in women’s clothing, cowboy boots, gifts and accessories. As it winds down, the shop will be clearing out clothing, furniture and fixtures through sales.
Title tattle: The ever-growing South Land Title has acquired Guaranty Title Company of Grimes County, reports Patrick F. Doyle, president of South Land Title.
Mary Davis, a well-known escrow officer in Grimes County, founded Guaranty Title in Anderson in 1976. Kathleen Terrell later acquired the firm and will remain with Guaranty Title throughout the year as a consultant, Doyle said. Terrell will work with Tracy Tisdel, vice president of escrow.
“While South Land Title has acquired Guaranty Title, the personnel at the office will remain intact, as well as the name,” Doyle said.