Now open

Big Phil’s Soul and Creole Cafe opened June 11 at 10000 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Ste. 1136, Texas City. The eatery is the largest Black-owned restaurant in Galveston County, according to its website, with a dining room and outdoor patio seats able to accommodate more than 130 customers at full capacity. The menu is a soul and Creole fusion, including items such as oxtails and grits, and Big Phil’s offers weekend brunch specials along with live music.

Coming soon

Texas Pit Stop BBQ will open in July at 20794 Gulf Freeway, Webster. The restaurant began with the owner, Arnold Garza, winning barbecue cook-off competitions, which drove him to open his own eatery that serves brisket, fish tacos, sausage, pulled pork, smoked chicken and other barbecue staples. The restaurant has two other locations in Galveston and La Marque. 409-744-2222.

Children’s Lighthouse of League City-Tuscan Lakes plans to open July 26 at 1920 E. League City Parkway, League City. Kayla and Michael Dority, parents in the Tuscan Lakes community, decided to open the values-based early learning school after seeing area demand for a high-quality child care option as well as a lack of an existing school that met their own family’s needs, according to a June news release. The school will offer learning for families with children 6 weeks-12 years old in classroom and group settings with an on-site kitchen serving healthy meals and snacks daily for students, per the release. In addition to educational child care during traditional school hours, interactive after-school programs and summer camps are also available. 832-953-5730.