O2 Bistro rebrands as Schafer's Coastal Bar & Grille

O2 Bistro, 1002 Aspen Road, Clear Lake Shores, in November changed its name to Schafer's Coastal Bar & Grille. The change came with an updated menu of new items while retaining some old favorites. 281-532-6860. www.schaferscoastalbarandgrille.com
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By Jake Magee

Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including 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 the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

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