Deli date: It was June last year when Beaumont-based Jason’s Deli confirmed it would cross the county line and open a restaurant at 2765 Interstate 45 in League City.

Months later and with all the progress on the 4,850-square-foot building in front of 24 Hour Fitness, readers are hungry for opening date news. Corporate officials say they’re tentatively aiming for a Feb. 13 deli debut.

The nearest Jason’s Deli is 541 Bay Area Blvd. in Webster in Harris County. The family owned company known for sandwiches, salads and soups, was founded in 1976 and operates 260 delis in 29 states.

On the menu: Meanwhile, dining options continue to grow in Kemah.

First, restaurateurs Archie Patterson and Vic Matthews have launched a brand-new concept called PizzaHere, 609 Bradford Ave. in the Kemah Lighthouse District.

As the name would suggest, PizzaHere features pizzas, but also Philly cheesesteak subs. Patterson is either behind or affiliated with such restaurant concepts as Ruggles Green, Yale Street Coffee House, Diablo Loco and Skinny Rita’s, to name a few.

Matthews and Mike Putnal own a Russo’s New York Pizzeria franchise in the League City Town Center on the southwest corner of I-45 and FM 646 in front of the Super Target.

This is sweet: Meanwhile, Kemah’s Sweet Spot & Café, 601 Fifth St., continues to evolve with menu additions — most recently, breakfast options.

The establishment opened in May as a Marble Slab but owners have expanded the concept. Along with ice cream, owners Stacy Gauna and Chad Jones have added deep-fried desserts — Oreos and brownies — along with shaved ice, flavored popcorn and specialty hot dogs, including the popular Tijuana and Guatemala dogs. There’s dinner and lunch service. And on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Kemah’s Sweet Spot & Cafe has begun serving breakfast, including chicken and waffles with a maple gravy. Gauna and Jones, who is a Kemah native, also own a golf cart rental business under the store.

Café closure: In not so sweet news, a Hitchcock restaurant whose opening in the fall of 2015 caused quite a buzz has closed.

Owners of Eat Dessert First Café, 8735 state Highway 6, posted on Facebook that Jan. 26 would be the eatery’s last day.

Eat Dessert First was run by Taylor Jordan, her mother, Lora Larsen, and her grandmother, Donna Headstream, and served all homemade fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The women did not immediately return phone calls.

Whopper of a remodel: What apparently started out as an interior remodel has morphed into a major makeover of a fast-food purveyor Burger King, 2520 Palmer Ave. in Texas City.

City officials initially issued a permit for crews to gut and remodel the interior. Details were scarce, but during the renovations the exterior was damaged, calling for a complete teardown and rebuild, city officials said. Stay tuned.

Building buy: An old Galveston building has new owners. Jimmy and Kelli McClure have acquired the building at 511 23rd St. The building is home to From the HeART Gallery, P.C. Optics and Glow Galveston, a tanning and hair salon.

The McClures, who also own fishing pier and restaurant Jimmy’s on the Pier, 9001 Seawall Blvd., plan to reface the building, make other exterior improvements and build four high-end apartments on the top.

V.J. Tramonte of Joe Tramonte Realty represented the sellers and Kelli McClure represented herself and her husband.

Reach reporter Laura Elder at 409-683-5248 or

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