On the bayou: They’re known for good barbecue, but this week Keith and Holly Lilley added Gulf Coast casual and Cajun-inspired dishes to their restaurant repertoire.

The Lilleys, who own the popular Dickinson Barbecue & Steakhouse, 2111 FM 517, this week opened Marais at 2015 FM 517.

The restaurant has been under construction for a year and the subject of much buzz around the county.

Marais, which means bayou in Cajun, is a multi-venue waterfront restaurant featuring French Quarter inspired architecture. Along with the Gulf Coast and Cajun inspired dishes, Marais will serve some fusion dishes. And the restaurant will serve po’boys with Leidenheimer bread, which originates from a baking company of the same name in New Orleans and is known for its thin, crisp crusts and soft insides.

The restaurant is open for dinner.

Marais, on Benson Bayou, which leads to Dickinson Bayou and Galveston Bay, boasts three bars, a full wine list and lockers, among other amenities.

Beer buzz: Owners of a popular Algoa brewery were hoping to keep news of their Texas City plans under wraps a little longer. But a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission notice on the door at 901 Ninth Ave. in Texas City gave it away.

Fetching Lab Brewery owners Brett Bray and Theresa Hutchings confirm they’re considering moving their venture to the Texas City site. But it isn’t a done deal, they said.

Bray and Hutchings posted the required 60-day Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission notice to have everything in place and ready to go should they move ahead with plans the for 901 Ninth Ave. site.

“We’re very much in the investigative process,” Hutchings said. “We wanted to make sure we jump-started the TABC and got the sign out so it wouldn’t delay the application.”

Bray and Hutchings opened Fetching Lab two years ago at 1578 Country Road 423 in Galveston County. The Algoa brewery doesn’t have a taproom, but the Texas City site would allow for expansion and the addition of such amenities. Stay tuned.

Whopper wait: Inquiring readers want to know whether Burger King, 2520 Palmer Highway in Texas City, plans to return. The answer is yes, Texas City Mayor Matt Doyle said.

As previously buzzed, Burger King planned an interior remodel at the site a few months ago. City officials initially issued a permit for crews to gut and remodel the interior but discovered some significant structural problems, Doyle said. The project is in a complete redesign phase. But the restaurant will return, Doyle said.

“They’re working feverishly,” Doyle said. “They’re a popular store.”

Fond farewell: After 13 years, Courtyard Café, 2519 Market St., late last month served up its last meal and owners thanked customers. The restaurant was known for Eastern European cuisine and was famous for its Wiener schnitzel. Owner Ladislav Klos wanted to thank customers for their support, he said in a recent interview.

Klos and the restaurant team hinted on Facebook they might just finally have time to get around to writing that much requested cookbook. A Houston attorney has acquired the Courtyard Café building for offices. Stay tuned.

Happy feet: A new Clear Lake area business will show patrons a move or two. Hannah Hafely has opened Urban Dance, at The Urban Easel, 527 El Dorado Blvd. The studio offers instruction in various styles of dance for a diverse community. Novice and advance dancers are welcome, Hafely said. Classes are designed for adults and teenagers ages 14 and up and include salsa, hip-hop and couples dancing.

Laura Elder:

409-683-5248; laura.elder@galvnews.com.

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