Layne's Chicken Fingers coming to Katy; Gyro King opens in Sugar Land and more Houston-area news

After serving up chicken in College Station for nearly three decades, Layne’s Chicken Fingers is opening its first location in the Houston area in Katy. (Courtesy Layne's Chicken Fingers)
After serving up chicken in College Station for nearly three decades, Layne’s Chicken Fingers is opening its first location in the Houston area in Katy. (Courtesy Layne's Chicken Fingers)

After serving up chicken in College Station for nearly three decades, Layne’s Chicken Fingers is opening its first location in the Houston area in Katy. (Courtesy Layne's Chicken Fingers)

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Katy

Katy to be home of Houston-area’s first Layne’s Chicken

After serving up chicken in College Station for nearly three decades, Layne’s Chicken Fingers is opening its first location in the Houston area in Katy this summer.

Teriyaki Madness opens in Katy



A new Teriyaki Madness location opened at 25705 Katy Freeway, Ste. 110, Katy, on April 1. The fast-casual Asian restaurant will serve bowls of Asian-inspired teriyaki food that includes fresh vegetables, rice and protein.

Cy-Fair

Local florist opens Amanda Bee's Floral Designs on Fry Road in Cypress

After running an online floral design and delivery company for six years, local florist Amanda Bowman opened her own storefront March 22 at 7626 Fry Road, Ste. 400, Cypress.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

Gyro King opens newest location near Sugar Land Town Square

Gyro King, which has five other Houston-area locations, serves six different types of gyro, including lamb, chicken, fish and falafel.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

Hype Nutrition now open in Summerwood area

Hype Nutrition opened March 15 at 13176 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Ste. 11, Houston, according to owner Leesa Shanahan. The smoothie bar offers meal-replacement smoothies, protein shakes and other nutritious drinks.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

Now open: Fegen's in the Heights, Gatsby's in Montrose, Ruggles Dessert Cafe in Upper Kirby

Chef Lance Fegen's namesake restaurant, Fegen’s, opens April 6 at 1050 Studewood St., Houston. The restaurant offers an Italian-leaning menu, with items ranging from steaks with au jus and chicken schnitzel to Neapolitan-style pizza and linguine with clam sauce.

Spring-Klein

Peli Peli founder chef Paul Friedman returns to Vintage Park with new concept

Chef Paul Friedman, the founder and a former owner of Peli Peli, will be returning to Vintage Park this summer with a new concept, The Chef's Table.

Claire Shoop, Shawn Arrajj, Laura Aebi, Andy Li, Matt Dulin and Hannah Zedaker contributed to this report.



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Newk's Eatery has closed its location in the Katy area. (Courtesy Newk's Eatery)
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Fort Bend County's Mobile Health Unit will administer vaccinations in portions of the county that are economically disadvantaged or lack access to transportation, said County Judge KP George. (Screenshot courtesy Fort Bend County)
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Armored Sports camps feature basketball, flag football and more. (Courtesy Pexels)
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The temporary waiver covering initial vehicle registration, vehicle registration renewal, vehicle titling, renewal of permanent disabled parking placards and 30-day temporary permits will end April 14. (Hannah Zedaker/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Less than 25% of American office workers have returned to in-person office settings since the start of the pandemic. (Courtesy Pixabay)
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