IMPACTS ROUNDUP: 3 new Bay Area businesses, plus penguins at Moody Gardens

The new Macaroni penguin chicks at Moody Gardens can be seen virtually through the Penguin Webcam, according to a media release. (Courtesy of Moody Gardens)
The new Macaroni penguin chicks at Moody Gardens can be seen virtually through the Penguin Webcam, according to a media release. (Courtesy of Moody Gardens)

The new Macaroni penguin chicks at Moody Gardens can be seen virtually through the Penguin Webcam, according to a media release. (Courtesy of Moody Gardens)

Two Cajun-style restaurants and an eye care business opened this fall in League City, Webster and Bacliff. In Galveston, Moody Gardens recently welcomed new Macaroni penguins to its Aquarium Pyramid.

Here is a roundup of local business news in the Bay Area.

Now Open

Kickin’ Kajun
opened a second south Houston location Sept. 18 at 3435 SH-146, Bacliff. The eatery is an award-winning barbecue smokehouse with a Cajun twist, said owner Mark Bearden. Menu items include ribs, seafood, specialty smoked pizzas and burgers made with ground smoked brisket meat. The first and original Kickin’ Kajun is in La Porte, according to the restaurant website. 832-864-2862. www.kickinkajunsh.com

Chloe’s Cajun Kitchen opened Nov. 23 at 111 West Bay Area Blvd., Webster. The business is a specialty Cajun and Creole grocer and restaurant, offering both a daily lunch plate special and to-go kitchen items. Customers can purchase refrigerated and frozen Cajun meats, as well as seasonings, mixes and sauces, to cook with at home. Lunch plate menu items include a gumbo of the day and a boudin-stuffed grilled cheese. 832-932-3759. www.chloescajunmarket.com



“Our main focus is on differing Cajun and Creole specialties, with all recipes coming from our family across the region,” owner Jason Montegut said in an email to Community Impact Newspaper. “The store is mainly set up for grocery shopping and a lunch counter, with a few tables for sit down dining – nothing fancy!”

League City Eyecare & Eyewear opened Nov. 30 at 3725 E. League City Parkway, Suite 100, League City. The optometric office offers full vision and ocular health services including visual assessments, contact lens examinations, emergency eye health services and comprehensive ocular health evaluations, said owner Meagan LeGrand. The office also offers a range of fashion, safety and sunglass frame designs in the optical showroom as well as in-house eyeglass finishing services. 281-305-1609. www.leaguecityeyecare.com

In the News

Moody Gardens
, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, welcomed two healthy Macaroni penguin chicks to its South Atlantic exhibit Nov. 14. The chicks were born to penguin parents Bleu and Feta and penguin parents Muenster and Gouda, respectively, and this is the second year of successful hatching, according to a media release.

Macaroni penguins, native to the Sub-Antarctic region, are considered a vulnerable species due to overfishing and climate change. The penguins coexist with five other penguin species inside the Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid, which is one of the largest and most diverse aquariums in the United States, per the release. The aquarium contains more than one million gallons of water and marine life from five distinct environments including sting rays, sharks, seals, sea lions and more than 200 species of fish. 409-744-4673. www.moodygardens.com

By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.

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