Take a look back at the six restaurants of 2020 from Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

The Rusty Buckle BBQ Co. serves a plate with brisket, jalapeno cheese sausage, brisket burnt ends and black pepper sausage ($18). (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Rusty Buckle BBQ Co. serves a plate with brisket, jalapeno cheese sausage, brisket burnt ends and black pepper sausage ($18). (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Rusty Buckle BBQ Co. serves a plate with brisket, jalapeno cheese sausage, brisket burnt ends and black pepper sausage ($18). (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Homemade bloody marys are served with stacked ingredients. The Ultimate Bloody Mary costs $21-$23 based on the vodka type. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Margherita pie ($20-$30) is a pizza topped with garlic sauce, tomato slices, mozzerella and basil. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Take a look at the local restaurants Community Impact Newspaper featured in 2020 in the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood areas including The Rusty Buckle BBQ Co., Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant and 1886 Humble Backyard.

Fish Tales owners focus on serving seafood in small-town communities

Issue published:
February

Fish Tales co-owners Diana and Scott Harpring specialize in serving fresh seafood dishes in small towns. The fast-casual atmosphere and Louisiana-inspired food are what set their restaurants apart, Diana said.

The Rusty Buckle BBQ Co. pitmaster brings unique flavor, family-friendly charm to New Caney


Issue published:
March

“You have a bunch of Mexican food restaurants; you have a bunch of fast-food restaurants; but there’s nothing else,” The Rusty Buckle BBQ Co. owner Allen Rhoden said. “It’s either Tex-Mex or fast food, so I said, ‘Let’s offer them some barbecue.’”

Family-owned Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant thrives for decades in Lake Houston area

Issue published:
August

For Jose Guadalupe Reyes, managing his family’s restaurant with his brother, Juan Javier Reyes, is continuing the legacy their father created. The family has been operating Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant in the Lake Houston area for more than 25 years.

New Caney native rebrands L&H Cafe into family-friendly eatery

Issue published:
September

The business initially opened in March 2019 as L&H Lounge, a restaurant and hookah lounge. But owner Asim Dar recently removed the hookah aspect of the business to make the rebranded L&H Cafe a more family-friendly environment.

1886 Humble Backyard relicenses as restaurant to survive coronavirus pandemic

Issue published:
October

On Sept. 10, 1886 Humble Backyard reopened as a restaurant per Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission guidelines. The restaurant now offers its same signature cocktails as well as American-style burgers and sandwiches.

RC’s NYC Pizza & Pasta owner serves New York-style pizza to Kingwood community

Issue published:
November

When RC Gallegos made his first pizza, he said it was “garbage.” It was not until he went to New York to study how to make a perfect New York slice that he came back and opened RC’s NYC Pizza & Pasta.
By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Humble City Council voted unanimously at the Feb. 25 City Council meeting to appoint Bruce Davidson, left, to fill the vacant Place 3 seat. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Humble City Council appoints Bruce Davidson to fill vacant Place 3

Bruce Davidson, a resident of the Humble area for about 24 years, took his oath of office at the council meeting.

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather. (Community Impact staff)
Q&A: Greater Houston Builders Association President Keith Luechtefeld discusses power, plumbing, frozen pipes after Winter Storm Uri

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather.

Winter Storm Uri led to closures across the Greater Houston area during the third week of February. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)
‘It’s been a rough year for us’: Expert explains economic effects of winter storm, ongoing pandemic in Houston region

“It's been a rough year for us economically; it's been a rough year for us public health wise. It's just been a rough year for us psychologically—first the coronavirus and then the freeze," said Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research with the Greater Houston Partnership.

Humble ISD and New Caney ISD have seen sharp decreases in their respective active case counts as of Feb. 25. (Community Impact staff)
Humble, New Caney ISDs see drops in active case counts due to shutdowns

Both school districts were closed last week due to winter weather and school breaks, which limited the numbers of active cases reported.

The $560 million central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E. (Courtesy Houston Airport System)
Parking garage at George Bush Intercontinental Airport to be demolished to make way for new Mickey Leland International Terminal

The international central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.

A lone runner jogs on a snow-covered road in Austin. Transportation projects across the city were briefly paused due to Winter Storm Uri. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what led to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

The carpet in a hallway at Humble High School was quickly removed due to a sprinkler head that froze and burst during the winter storm. (Courtesy Humble ISD)
Humble ISD board discusses damages, declares emergency for winter storm, hires new contractor for flood barrier project

Twenty-two of the district's 44 campuses and three of its five facility buildings suffered damages.

Emerging technology and alternative energy sectors could help ease the blow of an oil and gas industry downturn in Houston caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a Houston-area economist said. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Greater Houston area could see economic relief from pandemic around mid-2021, economist says

Emerging technology and alternative-energy sectors could help ease the blow of the downturn in Houston's oil and gas industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most of the electric grid in Texas is managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which is not linked to other national interconnected systems. (Courtesy Electric Reliability Council of Texas)
Harris County to begin exploring alternatives to Texas power grid at Feb. 26 meeting

Following the winter storm-induced statewide power outages last week that left thousands of Harris County residents without heat amid freezing temperatures, the Harris County Commissioners Court will begin exploring what it would take for Harris County to leave the state's power grid at its Feb. 26 meeting.