Abuelo's adding location at Pinnacle Park

Construction continues Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at Pinnacle Park in League City where Abuelo's restaurant has announced they will add a location.

Cuisine scene: Cue the mariachi music. Lubbock-based Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurants plans to serve up an eatery at Pinnacle Park, a 100-acre mixed-use town center at Interstate 45 and Big League Dreams Parkway in League City.

Abuelo’s and the center’s developer, Pinnacle Fund Alliance, said construction would begin early next year on the 7,600-square-foot restaurant, which is slated to open in the early third quarter of 2017.

Abuelo’s, known for made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine, will feature a skylight over an interior courtyard with hand-painted artwork adorning the walls, greenery and traditional statuary throughout, representatives said. The restaurant also will feature a 2,000-square-foot, climate-controlled outdoor patio with exterior doors that can be opened during nice weather.

“We have been working with Debbie Adams of Edge Realty and Robert Lin of Abuelo’s over the last several months to bring this high quality Mexican Restaurant to Pinnacle Park,” John G. Meador, a principal of Pinnacle Alliance Fund, said.

The second phase of Pinnacle Park, in which Abuelo’s will be built, should begin in January and will include 32,000 square feet of retail space, Meador said.

Food Concepts International is the parent company of Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurants. The League City site marks the second Houston-area location for Abuelo’s and the company’s 40th nationwide.

Restaurant row: Abuelo’s will join Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, Firehouse Subs and Beef Jerky Outlet at Pinnacle Park, where buildings already are under construction. Outdoor retailer Cabela’s anchors the site.

The dirt: Elsewhere at Pinnacle Park, Memorial Hermann has indeed begun dirt work on 13 acres along the south boundary of Pinnacle Park, where it plans to build a Convenient Care Center. The 24-hour emergency facility will offer on-site imaging and lab services, among other services. Look soon for an official ground-breaking ceremony for the facility scheduled to open in the summer of 2017. Stay tuned.

Silver market: If in January you notice some land clearing at 555 N. Friendswood Drive, there’s good reason. All the work is for a sizable mixed-use development that will include a 108-unit luxury multifamily development for residents age 55 and older.

Banfield Properties is behind the development, which will be called The Beldon. After clearing the land, crews will commence turning the dirt in February, said Brett Banfield, who leads the development company.

A second phase of the mixed-used project would be the development of two commercial buildings — each 11,500 square feet — in front of The Beldon. Those buildings would include offices and retail and possibly a restaurant.

As the baby boomer generation ages, demand for well-appointed independent senior living complexes is on the rise, Banfield said. Banfield Properties developed The Bedford Apartments, a senior living community less than a mile away from The Beldon site, where there’s a year-long waiting list.

“There’s a strong demand for independent senior living,” Banfield said. “People want to downsize, they don’t want to own the big homes, they want to own something simpler,” Banfield said.

Retail details: More details have surfaced about the 13,000-square-foot commercial development rising across the street from the University of Texas Medical Branch in the site that was formerly home to the William Temple Episcopal Center building, 427 Market St.

J.T. Bolger, the developer, plans two buildings, each 6,500 square feet. The development, which will lure retail and professional services, will include 53 parking spaces and is walking distance from the medical branch, which employs 10,000 people, a perk on which the developer intends to capitalize.

Pre-leasing and groundwork has begun, but no word on potential tenants yet. Jasper “J.E.” Tramonte of League City-based Tramonte Commercial Brokerage LLC is the leasing agent. Fichera Builders is the contractor. Stay tuned.

Smoke signals: As promised, Texas Pit Stop BBQ has opened its island restaurant, 6600 Seawall Blvd. This marks the second Texas Pit Stop. The first opened in La Marque in 2011. Arnold Garza and family are behind the restaurant, which is well known for competition-style barbecue and such fare as brisket nachos.

Arnold Garza’s daughters, Nikki Garza and Valerie Johnson, are helping to oversee the island location.

Texas Pit Stop BBQ, which serves lunch and dinner, moved into the space formerly occupied by McAlister’s Deli.

McAlister’s closed in late July after 10 years of serving up soup and sandwiches, taking loyal patrons by surprise.

Although franchise owner Tracy Whiting couldn’t be reached for comment, officials at the Ridgeland, Miss., corporate headquarters of the McAlister’s chain said the island closure came down to terms of a lease.

The lease required a longer term than Whiting was willing to sign on for, officials said.

Reach reporter Laura Elder at 409-683-5248 or laura.elder@galvnews.com.

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