Howdy Hot Chicken coming to Katy; Taco Bueno to open in Conroe and more Houston-area news

The Howdy Sammie features fried chicken breast on brioche bun with howdy slaw, sweet pickles and howdy sauce. (Courtesy Howdy Hot Chicken)
The Howdy Sammie features fried chicken breast on brioche bun with howdy slaw, sweet pickles and howdy sauce. (Courtesy Howdy Hot Chicken)

The Howdy Sammie features fried chicken breast on brioche bun with howdy slaw, sweet pickles and howdy sauce. (Courtesy Howdy Hot Chicken)

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Katy

Howdy Hot Chicken opening soon in Katy

The restaurant’s menu features chicken sandwiches, chicken tender baskets and loaded chicken fries along with macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and waffle fries.

Conroe-Montgomery



Taco Bueno opening soon in Conroe

Taco Bueno is slated to open in July at 2026 I-45 N., Conroe. The Tex-Mex diner serves items like tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos and chips, salads and bowls, and sweets.

Tomball-Magnolia

Artist community Bella Bottega to debut this summer on Honea Egypt Road

Kimberly Hardick, a ceramic artist, will debut Bella Bottega, a collective artist community, at 903 Honea Egypt Road, Magnolia, with the first studio spaces available in August.

The Woodlands

Independent bookstore, Village Books, coming soon to Sterling Ridge

Village Books, a locally owned and independent bookseller, will be opening a brick and mortar location in the Marcel Crossing shopping center, located at 9955 Woodlands Parkway, Ste. F, The Woodlands. The grand opening is expected to take place in mid-August, according to the owner, Teresa Kenney.

Pearland-Friendswood

Beard Papa's grand opening for Pearland location this weekend

Beard Papa’s is holding the grand opening for its Pearland location on May 29 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The franchise sells customizable cream puffs.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

Wishbone Pet Care opens second area location in Sugar Land

Wishbone Pet Care opened in Riverstone on May 10.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

Mr. Gatti's Pizza opens new location in Kingwood

Mr. Gatti’s Pizza opened May 26 at 1345 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood. The eatery is a full-service buffet offering pizzas, pastas, salads and chicken wings as well as an arcade.

Anna Lotz, Eva Vigh, Ally Bolender, Haley Morrison, Claire Shoop, Laura Aebi and Kelly Schafler contributed to this report.



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