The 10 most read Cy-Fair businesses, development announcements of 2020

First announced in April 2019, the long-anticipated Willowbrook restaurant will serve the brand's signature hamburgers, shakes and french fries, which will also be available "animal style." (Courtesy In-N-Out Burger)
First announced in April 2019, the long-anticipated Willowbrook restaurant will serve the brand's signature hamburgers, shakes and french fries, which will also be available "animal style." (Courtesy In-N-Out Burger)

First announced in April 2019, the long-anticipated Willowbrook restaurant will serve the brand's signature hamburgers, shakes and french fries, which will also be available "animal style." (Courtesy In-N-Out Burger)

New businesses and developments announced in Cy-Fair this year included In-N-Out Burger, new apartment complexes, a drive-in theater and more. These were the 20 most read announcements Community Impact Newspaper published in 2020.

1. Preliminary plans announced for former Gander Mountain site at Hwy. 290, FM 1960: Tazz Enterprise acquired the former Gander Mountain site and announced plans to convert it to a multilevel entertainment facility. (Full story posted Jan. 16)

2. In-N-Out Burger to open Willowbrook location Sept. 4: The California-based burger chain arrived in northwest Houston this September. (Full story posted Sept. 3)

3. Houston Premium Outlets welcomes 3 new stores to Cypress mall: New retailers including Versace opened at the outlet mall this fall. (Full story posted Oct. 14)

4. New master-planned community to bring 1,000 homes, Hwy. 290 improvements to Waller: The new 521-acre development includes around 1,000 single-family homes from Long Lake Ltd. (Full story posted Oct. 27)

5. Ground to break in September on Bishop Square Business Park on Mueschke Road in Cypress: Ground broke in September on the 4-acre site that will feature 10 condominium-style buildings. (Full story posted Aug. 28)

6. Chicago pizzeria Rosati’s celebrates grand opening in Cypress: The restaurant’s menu includes Chicago-style deep dish, double dough, thin crust and gluten-free pizzas as well as wings, salads, pastas and sandwiches. (Full story posted Nov. 12)

7. Units begin opening at Alys Crossing off Fry Road in Cypress: The development features one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging from 755-1,699 square feet and prices ranging from $1,332-$2,261. (Full story posted Aug. 7)

8. Medical offices planned on 30 acres at Hwy. 290, Grand Parkway: Cypress Health & Wellness Campus is planned on a 30-acre property in the Fairfield area off Hwy. 290 near the Grand Parkway. (Full story posted Aug. 18)

9. Star Cinema Grill to open its first-ever drive-in theater on Fry Road in Cypress: The drive-in was unveiled in coordination with the release of the Christopher Nolan film "Tenet." (Full story posted Sept. 1)

10. General plan approved for 1,600-acre project in far northwest Harris County: The Houston Planning Commission approved a general plan for Jubilee, a project on roughly 1,600 acres in far northwest Harris County. (Full story posted Oct. 27)
By Danica Lloyd
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a Cy-Fair reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development and nonprofits.


Jersey Village officials have plans to relocate City Hall from its current location on Lakeview Drive to a planned mixed-use development south of Hwy. 290. However, a collection of residents have petitioned the city to keep the building where it is. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Jersey Village residents petition to stop City Hall relocation

City officials confirmed receiving of the petition and said it was being reviewed by the legal team. If the petition is certified, voters could be asked in November to decide whether City Hall should be kept where it is.

Tacarbon Authentic Mexican Grill is now open. (Courtesy Tacarbon Authentic Mexican Grill)
Tacarbon Authentic Mexican Grill now open in Cypress

The new eatery opened this week on Barker Cypress Road.

As part of President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen schools safely nationwide, the department’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option is being expanded beyond the summertime. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

Schools nationwide will be able to serve nutritious meals to all students free of charge regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022, officials announced.

Desert Industries opened April 15. (Courtesy Desert Industries)
Deseret Industries thrift store now open on FM 1960 in Cy-Fair

The new store opened last week with clothing, home goods and more.

Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston region in 2017. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
How Harris County residents can prepare for hurricane season

After the most active hurricane season on record in 2020, Harris County officials said residents should be prepared for the upcoming season starting June 1.

More than 385,600 vaccine doses have been administered in the Cy-Fair area. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
22% of Cy-Fair residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19

As of April 19, about 385,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed to individuals across the 10 ZIP codes within Cy-Fair ISD’s boundaries, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo speaks at an April 19 press conference at a mass-vaccination site at NRG Park. (Screenshot courtesy Facebook Live).
Harris County accepting walk-ins for vaccine at NRG Park

As demand for vaccines has fallen, officials are looking for ways to make them more accessible.

Cy-Fair ISD's mask mandate is set to end June 7. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
End in sight for Cy-Fair ISD's mask mandate, future of virtual learning still uncertain

Superintendent Mark Henry released a statement about the future of the district's mask mandate and virtual learning option.

More COVID-19 cases were confirmed last week in Cy-Fair ISD. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
78 COVID-19 cases confirmed in Cy-Fair ISD schools April 12-18

The district saw about a 9% decrease in new cases confirmed over the previous week.

The project will add dual left-turn lanes at Cutten Road, Breton Ridge Street and the Willowbrook Mall entrances as well as lengthen all turning lanes on FM 1960 between Centerfield Drive and Cutten Road to provide additional space for vehicles. (Graphic by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Construction on Willowbrook-area FM 1960 improvement project delayed for third time

Construction on the project is now expected to begin in December 2021 and will take roughly 28 months to complete.