Rita's Cantina to open in Cy-Fair; Ovinnik Brewing to open in Timbergrove and more Houston-area news

The Pinehurst-based restaurant is bringing a second location to Cy-Fair. (Courtesy Rita's Cantina Mexican Kitchen)
The Pinehurst-based restaurant is bringing a second location to Cy-Fair. (Courtesy Rita's Cantina Mexican Kitchen)

The Pinehurst-based restaurant is bringing a second location to Cy-Fair. (Courtesy Rita's Cantina Mexican Kitchen)

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


Rita’s Cantina Mexican Kitchen coming soon to Cy-Fair

Rita’s Cantina Mexican Kitchen is expanding with a second location slated to open in May in the Jersey Village area at 14960 Hwy. 290, Houston. The original location in Pinehurst serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Sunny Day Ballroom to offer daytime dancing for Cy-Fair seniors

Janet Chambers will launch The Sunny Day Ballroom on April 28 with weekly daytime dancing for seniors at the Victory Fellowship Chapel & Banquet Room, 12311 Jones Road, Houston, near the Cypress North Houston Road intersection.

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Kingwood staple Hunan Garden Restaurant to leave Kings Crossing as negotiations fall through with new owner

The Kingwood community has rallied around Hunan Garden Restaurant, a family-owned eatery set to close its doors in May after more than three decades in the area.

Big City Wings opens 9th location near Fall Creek neighborhood

Big City Wings opened a new location April 15 at 9240 N. Sam Houston Parkway E., Ste. 101, Humble, near the Fall Creek community. The eatery’s menu features 18 types of wing seasonings and dressings as well as burgers, waffles and loaded baked potatoes.

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Ovinnik Brewing working toward late summer opening in Timbergrove area

Houston's newest entrant on the craft beer scene, Ovinnik Brewing, is working toward an opening by late summer in the Timbergrove area.


Martha's Mexican Restaurant & Grill celebrates one-year anniversary in Tomball amid pandemic

Owners Martha Gámez and sisters Blanca and Karina Luna became friends five years ago while working as waitresses at a Mexican restaurant in Spring, Gámez said in Spanish. That friendship later grew into a business partnership after the three waitresses became restaurateurs of Martha’s Mexican Restaurant & Grill in Tomball.

Danica Lloyd, Kelly Schafler and Matt Dulin contributed to this report.


See a breakdown of local COVID-19 cases and vaccinations. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
344 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Cy-Fair this week as vaccination rates rise

Vaccination rates range from 26.6% to 45.6% across Cy-Fair ZIP codes.

Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides a variety of services to assist eligible people with disabilities in preparing for, obtaining, retaining or advancing in competitive integrated employment. Similarly, Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast is a public workforce system in the 13-county Houston-Galveston region of Texas that helps employers meet their human resources needs and individuals build careers. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services to relocate from Tomball to Willowbrook

Six vocational rehabilitation staff with the Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services will move May 18 from 444 Holderrieth Blvd., Ste. 3, Tomball to the Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast office located at 17725 Hwy. 249, Houston, according to a May 11 news release.

Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
US Department of Homeland Security extends Real ID deadline until 2023

Drivers will have until May 2023 to get the Real ID, which will be required for adults boarding a U.S. commercial flight.

Moore Elementary School is one of the campuses open for students transfers in 2021-22. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
Cy-Fair ISD approves 57 campuses open for voluntary student transfers in 2021-22

Families can now apply for voluntary students transfers for the 2021-22 school year.

Susan Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. (Courtesy American Medical Association)
'I am convinced we will beat COVID': American Medical Association President Susan Bailey discusses vaccine successes, myths, challenges

Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. Much of the organization's focus during that time has been on vaccine transparency and distribution.

Cy-Fair ISD is planning to offer a virtual learning program for the 2021-22 school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Cy-Fair ISD proposes virtual learning program for 2021-22 pending legislative approval

District officials said the proposed Cy-Fair ISD Virtual School will launch in 2021-22, pending the approval of certain legislation.

Pfizer vaccines could become available to kids 12 and up as soon as next week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
FDA expands Pfizer vaccine authorization to children ages 12 to 15 years old

This is the first time people under the age of 16 have been granted access to a coronavirus vaccine.

The deadline is May 17 for residents to protest their appraised property values set by the Harris County Appraisal District earlier this year, and officials are encouraging protesters to take online options into account. (Courtesy Pexels)
Harris County residents have until May 17 to protest property values

High demand for residential properties along with a shrinking inventory of homes translated into a roughly 8%-10% increase in residential values on average across the county this year

Jess and Shannon Bonneau and Lucy and Travis Lamberton plan to open Lambeau's Sports Bar & Grill this summer. (Courtesy Lambeau's Sports Bar & Grill)
Local families partnering to bring Lambeau’s Sports Bar & Grill to Cypress

Two local couples plan to open a new sports bar in mid-July at the former location of Masones Pub & Grill.

Michelle Esposito owns and operates My Skin by Michelle. (Courtesy My Skin by Michelle)
My Skin by Michelle now open in Cypress

Michelle Esposito said she has more than 20 years of experience as an esthetician and offers customized facials at her new studio.

Cy-Fair ISD recently added 266 propane buses to its total fleet. Funded by the 2019 bond package, the buses account for approximately 30% of the district’s total fleet and provide cleaner emissions. (Courtesy Cy-Fair ISD)
Cy-Fair ISD's 2019 bond program funds new propane buses to replace diesel vehicles

Propane buses now account for about 30% of the district's entire fleet.