Sugar Land museum to debut new exhibit, Humble luxury apartments to open in fall: News from Houston area

"Robot Zoo," a new exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, features larger-than-life-sized mechanical animals. (Courtesy HMNS at Sugar Land)
"Robot Zoo," a new exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, features larger-than-life-sized mechanical animals. (Courtesy HMNS at Sugar Land)

"Robot Zoo," a new exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, features larger-than-life-sized mechanical animals. (Courtesy HMNS at Sugar Land)

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Sugar Land-Missouri City

Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land set to open to public with new exhibit July 31

The Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land is reopening to the public July 31 after temporarily closing in mid-March because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood



Luxury apartment complex The Sarah at Lake Houston aims for fall opening

The Sarah at Lake Houston will debut this fall at 17571 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Humble. Property Manager Kristen Buckley said the 17-acre multifamily development will include 350 units—344 one- to three-bedroom units and six townhomes.

The Woodlands

Hearsay Gastrolounge announced for Waterway Square, fourth in state


Howard Hughes Corp. announced a new restaurant, Hearsay Gastrolounge, is going to be opening a new location at 20 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands, in the near future.

Cy-Fair

Breakfast Brunch Cafe closes Boardwalk Towne Lake location


After operating at 9955 Barker Cypress Road, Ste. 110, Cypress, since October 2016, Breakfast Brunch Cafe officials announced via a Facebook post July 26 the restaurant was permanently closed, effective immediately.

Spring-Klein

Brazilian Joe's to permanently close food truck, restaurant on Kuykendahl Road

After six years of business in the Spring and Klein area, Brazilian Joe’s announced that it will be permanently closing both its restaurant and food truck at the end of July.

Kelly Schafler, Danica Lloyd, Adriana Rezal and Claire Shoop contributed to this report.


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