Hot dish: Dickinson dining options are soon to increase. Keith and Holly Lilley, owners of Dickinson Bar-B-Que & Steakhouse, have acquired the popular Garcia’s Grill, 2015 FM 517, with plans to demolish the building and replace it with a new concept.
Garcia’s Grill served authentic Mexican food for more than two decades and quite successfully. But the owners — Heriberto and Juanita Garcia — were ready to retire. The building housing Garcia’s Grill wasn’t fit for a remodel. But the Lilleys will use artifacts from the old building, including glass door knobs, brass railing, paintings and drawings, Dickinson Bar-B-Que manager Andrew Wilson said. The new concept, slated to open in late winter or early spring next year, still is under wraps, Wilson said. Dickinson Bar-B-Que, 2111 FM 517, has been busy lately, most recently adding a Texas craft beer bar. Stay tuned.
Good gravy! Meanwhile, islanders might want fill up for a few days on fare from Leon’s World’s Finest In & Out Bar-B-Que, 5427 Broadway in Galveston. The popular eatery, known for its family recipe sauce, will temporarily close beginning Sunday and until Aug. 22 while owner Leon O’Neal recovers from arm surgery.
Counting chickens: Reliable sources say a Chick-fil-A restaurant may soon roost on the island. Details are scarce, but word has it a prominent businessman is near finalizing a franchise agreement. Chick-fil-A, known for chicken sandwiches and those quirky cow billboard campaigns, has 1,300 stand-alone restaurants, including in League City and Webster. Stay tuned.
It’s a date: Last week, this column buzzed that Texas City’s new H-E-B would open mid-September. But Jimmy Hayley, president of the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce, offers a more precise time, reporting a Sept. 15 debut of the 57,000-square-foot store just east of state Highway 146 and north of Palmer Highway at the site of the old Kmart building. The grocer has long operated at 918 20th St. N. But Texas City officials wanted a better store for residents and for 18 months negotiated to make it happen. The existing store will close with the opening of the new one.
Eagle has landed: A Nederland-based company that hopes to forge agreements with local refineries and plants has opened a Texas City office with 20 employees. Eagle Inspection earlier this month celebrated a ribbon-cutting at its new offices, 1050 N. Pine Road. It’s the company’s second Texas office and first in Texas City. Among its many services, Eagle Inspection specializes in “nondestructive” testing of pressure vessels, piping, storage tanks and fabricated products, to name a few. Nondestructive testing is essentially analysis to evaluate the properties of a material without causing damage. Nederland is in an area known as “the Golden Triangle,” which comprises Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange. The company has established business with refineries and plants there. Ryan Orr, business development manager for the company, grew up in Texas City and persuaded the company to open an office in his hometown. Eagle Inspection is working to build business in local fabrication shops and also will work to become an approved vendor for refineries and plants during shutdowns and turnarounds. Eagle Inspection offers X-ray and radiographic testing, Orr said.
Restaurant row: Several restaurants and a trendy shop are reported to be planning sites in the massive expansion underway at Baybrook Mall.
• Maggiano’s Little Italy plans to open at the shopping center off Interstate 45 and Bay Area Boulevard. Maggiano’s, an Italian-American concept, offers family style dining in which everything is priced per person and “the plates won’t stop coming until everyone has had their fill.”
• Also on the menu at Baybrook Mall is The Rouxpour, (pronounced rapor). The Rouxpour is a New Orleans inspired concept by Mack McDonald and Lincoln Ward. The two teamed up in the early part of 2010 to begin planning and development of the restaurant in Sugar Land’s bustling Town Center, according to its website.
McDonald and Ward then hired veteran Chef J.L. Quevedo, and the three began developing a menu reflecting the flavor and culture of New Orleans’ renowned French Quarter. The Baybrook Mall site marks the second for The Rouxpour.
• Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria also is rumored to be preheating for a Baybrook Mall site. The concept, which traces its roots back a century, is a favorite among pizza lovers and celebrities alike, and boasted such fans as Frank Sinatra and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, according to the company’s website.
• For some sparkle, Kendra Scott Jewelry also is planning a Baybrook Mall store.
The Baybrook Mall expansion will add about 555,000 square feet to the 1.2 million-square-foot center. Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille is under construction, along with entertainment venue Dave & Busters and also Cinema Grill. Some of the new stores are racing to open in November, in time for the holiday shopping rush.
Full house: With four new tenants, occupancy at West Island Professional Center, 6511 Stewart Road in Galveston, is at 100 percent.
The newcomers are:
• George’s Salon, which offers color, cuts, makeup and special event hairstyles. The team of stylists includes George Wilhelm, Candice Clarice Longmire and Ashleigh Cano.
• Theresa Bonnette has opened Bonnette Neuromuscular Therapy & Bodywork at the center. Bonnette is a licensed massage therapist specializing in neuromuscular therapy. The therapy is meant to provide pain relief from such ailments as headaches, migraines, bulging/herniated discs, fibromyalgia, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and more.
• Anita Simco, a certified holistic life coach, has opened a practice at the center. Simco works with clients on issues such as setting and reaching goals more quickly, improving challenging relationships and making tough, life-changing decisions. Kay and Benny Davis own and manage West Island Professional Center.
Biz birthday: Cake anyone? This month marks the 46th anniversary of Robert’s Lafitte, the oldest gay bar in Texas. Robert’s Lafitte, 2501 Ave. Q on the island, is known for drag shows and other entertainment.