BUSINESS ROUNDUP: The Burger Joint coming to Bay Area and more

The Burger Joint (Courtesy Becca Wright)
The Burger Joint (Courtesy Becca Wright)

The Burger Joint (Courtesy Becca Wright)

Here is a roundup of local business news in Clear Lake and League City.

Coming Soon

The Burger Joint has signed a lease on a 35,916-square-foot parcel along Bay Area Boulevard, in front of the Baybrook Mall. The restaurant plans to open in the fall, making it the business’s third Houston location and the first outside the Inner Loop. The Burger Joint serves sandwiches, hot dogs, shakes and, of course, burgers. 281-974-2889.

Name Change

The Bay Area Museum in Clear Lake Park at 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook, has changed its name as of late June to the Kaila Sullivan Chapel. Sullivan was a Nassau Bay police sergeant killed in the line of duty Dec. 10, 2019. The chapel is a wedding venue and hosts historic exhibits, including memorabilia from the the Lunar Rendezvous Festival, an annual celebration of the Bay Area’s link to space exploration. 281-326-6539.


Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004, La Marque, closed June 30 after nearly three decades in business. The owners cited a decline in live racing and wagering led to the closing. Animal Wellness Action representatives said they and Grey2K USA Worldwide are trying to ban greyhound racing in the United States, having successfully phased-out the activity in Florida, Arkansas and Alabama since 2018. 409-986-9500.
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.



Only people 12 years old and older may currently receive the federally approved coronavirus vaccines. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Nearly half of Galveston County’s population now vaccinated for COVID-19

About three in every four county residents are likely to get vaccinated, Galveston County local health authority Philip Keiser estimated in May. Another 25% to 30% of the county’s nearly 333,000 residents would need to get vaccinated for the county to reach herd immunity by the standards of national experts.

Houston approves residential water rate increase after delays, contentious vote

Houston’s residential water rates will increase Sept. 1, City Council approved in a 12-4 vote June 23.

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research released its 2021 State of Housing for Harris County and Houston report on June 22. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Kinder Institute 2021 State of Housing report highlights rental squeeze for lower, middle-income households

As of 2019, one in every 11 renters in Harris County had an eviction notice posted to their door; one in every 25 renter households were also evicted.

The craft beer industry is growing in the Greater Houston area. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Greater Houston area's craft brewery count grows 344% since 2013

According to NAI Partners, the Greater Houston area has 71 craft breweries.

(Courtesy city of League City)
Bay Area officials trying to make watershed study projects feasible

Additional study and federal and state funding are necessary before officials can implement millions of dollars of potential regional drainage solutions.

Clear Lake High School basketball players and Clear Lake City Elementary students during a Character Court session. (Courtesy of Clear Creek ISD)
Two Clear Creek ISD high schools receive national recognition for character development programs

Cleat Lake and Clear Brook high schools received 2021 Promising Practice designations from for their character development programs.

Chief Ratliff says he still keeps in touch with the man he saved following their reunion this May. (Courtesy city of League City)
League City police chief reunites with man he saved this spring

Chief Ratliff says he still keeps in touch with the man he saved following their reunion this May.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced a special legislative session will begin July 8. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Greg Abbott announces special legislative session to start July 8

Agenda items will be announced before the session begins, according to a release from the governor's office.

The beaches along the lagoon have been deepened, offering about triple the amount of beach area to accommodate an expected increase in visitors and still allow for social distancing. (Courtesy of Lago Mar)
Here is what Lagoonfest Texas visitors need to know this summer

The Texas City lagoon features millions of dollars worth of new upgrades this season, including a swim-up bar.

Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Hospital system reports 2.2% positivity rate, down 13% year to date

COVID-19 patient numbers at medical center hospitals are down to 309 from the over 2,000 patients those same hospitals were housing in January.

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Here is a listing of all local Bay Area hospitals and their services.