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The Willie's Grill & Icehouse restaurant in Copperfield is temporarily closed after reopening in mid-May. (Courtesy Willie's Grill & Icehouse Copperfield)
The Willie's Grill & Icehouse restaurant in Copperfield is temporarily closed after reopening in mid-May. (Courtesy Willie's Grill & Icehouse Copperfield)

The Willie's Grill & Icehouse restaurant in Copperfield is temporarily closed after reopening in mid-May. (Courtesy Willie's Grill & Icehouse Copperfield)

Read some of the most popular Houston-area content on Community Impact Newspaper’s website from this week.

UPDATE: Willie’s Grill & Icehouse temporarily closes 2 locations after employees test positive for COVID-19

The restaurant’s locations on Hwy. 249 and Hwy. 6 temporarily closed after employees tested positive for the coronavirus.

Drive-in movie theater to debut in Spring on May 29

Movie fans can get a theater experience while maintaining social distancing at Rooftop Cinema Club’s new The Drive-In in Spring.



National study predicts June coronavirus spike in Houston area

The Houston area could experience a significant increase in new coronavirus cases in June, according to a study by the PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. An analysis of cellphone data showed Harris County ranked poorly in social distancing.

COMING SOON: In-N-Out Burger construction progresses at Willowbrook location

The location is the California-based burger joint’s third in the Houston area.

Sugar Land-area hospitals not spared from financial strain of coronavirus pandemic

Sugar Land hospitals and clinics are working to cut costs as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused a decrease in visits and elective procedures.

Danica Smithwick, Adriana Rezal, Emma Whalen and Claire Shoop contributed to this report.


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