1101 Southern Kitchen to open in Cy-Fair and more Houston-area news

The new restaurant is set to open in September. (Courtesy 1101 Southern Kitchen)
The new restaurant is set to open in September. (Courtesy 1101 Southern Kitchen)

The new restaurant is set to open in September. (Courtesy 1101 Southern Kitchen)

Read the latest business and community news from the Greater Houston area.


1101 Southern Kitchen plans soft opening in Cy-Fair

New Cy-Fair eatery 1101 Southern Kitchen is hosting a soft opening Monday, Sept. 7, at 12020 FM 1960, Ste. 100, Houston.

Mint Express Car Wash, Pho Houston host fundraisers for Cy-Fair Helping Hands

Mint Express Car Wash, which recently opened at 8640 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress, is hosting a food collection drive daily from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. through Sept. 13.


Cavender's Boot City coming soon to the Grand Parkway in Spring

Cavender's Boot City plans to open a new location at 6760 Grand Parkway, Spring, in September. The new storefront will offer a wide selection of Western wear for men, women and children in addition to boots, hats, accessories, work wear, gifts and home decor.

IDEA Public Schools opens new charter school in North Houston

IDEA Public Schools opened its newest North Houston campus for the 2020-21 school year Aug. 13. Located at 2010 Spears Road, Houston, construction on the new charter school first began in November 2019.

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Kïdo preschool program launches first US virtual learning platform in Houston

For the first time in the U.S., international preschool program Kïdo has launched a new virtual learning platform specific to distance learning needs and opportunities for ages 2-6, according to an Aug. 25 news release from the preschool program.

Hannah Zedaker, Danica Lloyd, Hunter Marrow and Jake Magee contributed to this report.


Several named storms have brought heavy rainfall to the Houston area during the 2020 hurricane season amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
In the midst of 2020’s economic downturn, Harris County continues to consider social vulnerability when prioritizing flood mitigation projects

Zoning expert and law professor Sara Bronin explained how marginalized populations can find themselves in a “vicious cycle” when government agencies do not take steps to protect them from flooding.

Jersey Village officials are preparing to launch a master plan that will guide improvements at city parks. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Jersey Village seeks resident feedback on comprehensive plan update, new parks master plan

The plan, which is meant to guide the city over the next 10-20 years, lays out goals across land use, transportation, economic development, parks and recreation, and community character.

Voters line up outside Juergen's Hall Community Center in Cypress on Oct. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County exceeds its previous voter turnout record before early voting ends

More than 1.3 million county residents cast ballots throughout the entire November 2016 election, but this year, that number was surpassed on Oct. 29—with one day of early voting remaining in addition to Election Day on Nov. 3.

Early voting runs through Oct. 30. Election Day is Nov. 3. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
Double-edged sword: As voter turnout reaches all-time highs in Greater Houston area, so does risk of incomplete ballots

Under-votes, or votes that are never cast in a particular race, occur when voters cast incomplete ballots. They typically surge in elections with high voter turnout, said Steve Leakey, president of the Montgomery County Voter Awareness Council.

Harris County residents have returned approximately 163,000 mail-in ballots. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Nearly 163,000 Harris County voters have submitted mail-in ballots

Early voting and mail-in ballots will be counted after polls close on Election Day.

ExxonMobil's Houston campus opened in Springwoods Village in 2014. (Courtesy ExxonMobil)
ExxonMobil to lay off 1,900 employees primarily in Greater Houston area

Citing economic strain due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, ExxonMobil officials announced in a press release Oct. 29 plans to lay off approximately 1,900 employees primarily at its management offices in Houston.

Less than a week ahead of the Nov. 3 Election Day, Cihan Varol, an associate professor with Sam Houston State University's Cyber Forensics Intelligence Center, shared insight on foreign election hacking and what it means for voters. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: Sam Houston State University cyber forensics intelligence expert talks foreign election hacking ahead of Nov. 3

"There is a very slim chance that the hackers can change vote count, but they can definitely influence people to believe that they did manipulate it," Cihan Varol said. "If election fraud is going to happen, it'll be because of disinformation."

Harris County continues to report more confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Cy-Fair area. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
467 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Cy-Fair from Oct. 24-28

There are nearly 2,000 active cases across these 10 ZIP codes.

Face coverings are not required for those entering polling places in Texas during the general election. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
UPDATED: U.S. appeals court pauses decision voiding face covering exemption at polling places

The court temporarily stayed a district judge's decision to void an exemption to Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide face covering order concerning polling places.

A new $40 million COVID-19 relief fund is opening to Harris County residents from Nov. 2-6. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County to provide $40 million in new needs-based COVID-19 relief funding starting Nov. 2

A new $40 million COVID-19 relief fund is opening to Harris County residents from Nov. 2-6.