Top 10 Bay Area business news stories of 2018


The Bay Area was home to several restaurant openings, coming soon announcements and other business news throughout 2018. Here are the restaurant stories Bay Area residents read the most throughout the year.

Hopdoddy announces Webster location

Bay Area readers were interested to learn in August a Hopdoddy Burger Bar was scheduled to open in Webster. The restaurant opened at 820 W. Bay Area Blvd. on Dec. 17. This is the burger joint’s fourth location in the Houston area. The restaurant donates $1 to a local charity with every purchase of its featured burger and has raised $1 million since 2010.

Snooze announces Webster location

Next door to Hopdoddy, a Snooze was set to open, which it did at 820 W. Bay Area Blvd. in November, bringing its number of Greater Houston-area locations to six. The Denver-based eatery serves a variety of brunch options, including eggs Benedict and pineapple upside-down cream cake. 346-230-4883.

In September, MetroPCS was renamed Metro by T-Mobile. To accompany the rebranding, the Richardson-based company announced two unlimited plans with tiers that include the benefits of Amazon Prime and Google One.

O2 Bistro announces Clear Lake Shores opening

John Schafer, owner of Outriggers Seafood Grill & Bar in Seabrook, unveiled plans to open O2 Bistro, which he did at 1002 Aspen Road, Clear Lake Shores, in November. The site was formerly occupied by Opus Bistro, which recently relocated to South Shore Harbour Resort. O2 Bistro offers seafood, such as crab, shrimp, tuna and calamari; steak; chicken; pork; and more. 281-532-6860.

League City H-E-B expands

Bay Area residents learned about H-E-B’s expansion at 2955 S. Gulf Freeway, League City, in October. The grocery store has a new cheese stop and an expanded beer and wine department, and the store was renovated and expanded to over 8,300 square feet. Customers now have the options for curbside pickup and delivery service. H-E-B opened its first League City location in 1992.

Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack announces Baybrook Mall location

This Kemah-based restaurant restaurant plans to expand to the Baybrook Mall early next year. The eatery is known for its seafood—including Cajun seafood, crawfish, snow crab and whole Maine lobster—but also serves burgers and fries. 281-334-5000.

Raising Cane’s announces another Bay Area location

Raising Cane’s over the summer unveiled plans to open a Friendswood location. The restaurant opened at 1640 W. Bay Area Blvd. in early December. Two other locations recently opened in east Houston and Richmond. Raising Cane’s is known for its chicken fingers as well as sweet tea, lemonade, Texas toast and Cane’s sauce. 972-930-9933.

Planned Pethood Petiatic Clinic opens in League City

A new vet opened at 214 S. Gulf Freeway, League City, in May. The animal clinic offers veterinary services for pets at affordable prices. 281-724-0459

Olympia Grill announces League City location

Bay Area residents learned Galveston staple Olympia Grill would open a more inland location at 2535 S. Gulf Freeway, League City, which it did in November. The Greek restaurant, which has two Galveston locations, is owned by first-generation Greek Americans who were born and raised in Galveston. The restaurants also serve seafood and sometimes have belly dancers entertain diners. 832-738-1877.

Okii Poke on its way to Webster

Okii Poke’s opening in Webster at 1416 W. NASA Parkway has been delayed. This will be the restaurant’s first location in the Greater Houston area, and it will serve Hawaiian- and Asian-themed food. Its specialty will be a build-your-own bowl in which customers can choose from a variety of protein, sauces and toppings. 832-632-1692.

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Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for a few years, covering topics such as city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be an editor with Community Impact. In his free time, Magee enjoys playing video games, jamming on the drums and bass, longboarding and petting his cat.
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