Italian eateries open in Generation Park; Houston bike lane fines enforced and more local news

Bocca Italian Kitchen serves seasonal, Italian-inspired dishes, such as polenta and various pastas. (Courtesy Marco Torres)
Bocca Italian Kitchen serves seasonal, Italian-inspired dishes, such as polenta and various pastas. (Courtesy Marco Torres)

Bocca Italian Kitchen serves seasonal, Italian-inspired dishes, such as polenta and various pastas. (Courtesy Marco Torres)

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Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

Italian eateries Bocca Italian Kitchen, Lupo Pizzeria to open in Generation Park

Bocca Italian Kitchen and Lupo Pizzeria, two new Italian concepts, opened Jan. 15 at 250 Assay St., Ste. 100, Houston, in Redemption Square.

Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

Michelin-star chefs bringing Italian, French cuisine to MFAH

Michelin-star chefs are expanding their New York City restaurants to new locations in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in the coming months, a New York-based restaurant group has announced.

Grocery chain Randalls to close Bellaire store in February

Randalls will be closing its Bellaire grocery store at 5130 Bellaire Blvd. in February, the store’s parent company Albertsons confirmed in an email to Community Impact Newspaper.

The Woodlands

The Woodlands' Taste of the Town restaurant event receives two-week extension to Feb. 11

The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce's Taste of the Town event has officially been extended by two weeks through Feb. 11.


Local family launches Arc Electric + Lighting in Cypress

With more than 24 years of experience as an electrician, Armando Rivera started his own business after his former employer laid off staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Arc Electric + Lighting opened a new office Jan. 1 at 18512 Cypress Rosehill Road, Cypress.


New health care facilities open in the Conroe, Montgomery area and other recent business news

De'ja Vu Beautiful Consignments held a grand opening at 13080 Hwy. 105, Conroe, on Jan. 9.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

River Oaks District launches farmers market this weekend

The River Oaks District is debuting a local farmers market starting Jan. 17 as the shopping center looks to offer more outdoor experiences.


City of Katy Dog Park to install new security camera to reduce number of abandoned dogs

A new security camera will soon be installed at Katy’s dog park in an effort to reduce the number of dogs abandoned in the park.

Bay Area

IMPACTS ROUNDUP: Himalayan Taj now open and more

Here is a roundup of business news from Clear Lake and League City.


Houston’s grace period for bike lane parking fines ends

Houston residents now face a $100 fine for parking in bike lanes following the end of a citywide grace period.

Andrew Christman, Jake Magee, Danica Lloyd, Matt Dulin, Kelly Schafler, Hunter Marrow, Morgan Theophil and Emma Whalen contributed to this report.


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.

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough addressed his guilty plea in a Feb. 24 Facebook video. (Screenshot via Mark Keough Facebook)
Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough pleads guilty to DWI charge in September crash

According to a Feb. 24 court filing, Keough's plea bargain terms include fines and a three-month driver's license suspension.

Houston City Council approved a slate of 17 proposed affordable housing developments throughout the city Feb. 24. (Courtesy city of Houston)
Houston City Council approves slate of potential affordable housing developments

Houston City Council approved a slate of 17 proposed affordable housing developments throughout the city Feb. 24.

Volunteers from the food bank distribute clean drinking water. (Courtesy Montgomery County Food Bank)
Montgomery County Food Bank aids over 6,500 during Winter Storm Uri

The food bank is in need of donations and volunteers following the winter storm.

Following a yearlong hiatus due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown officials are planning to reopen the Spring water park for the 2021 season May 1. (Courtesy Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown)
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown targets May 1 opening

2021 also marks the 60th anniversary of Six Flags Entertainment Corp.

Applications for up to $250 in assistance will be available until Feb. 26. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lone Star College System announces financial aid for students, faculty affected by winter storm

Applications for financial assistance will be accepted until Feb. 26.

Jason Millsaps, chief of staff for County Judge Mark Keough, addresses questions regarding the operations at Woodforest Bank Stadium. (Screenshot via Montgomery County livestream)
Montgomery County to take over Woodforest Stadium vaccinations in March at cost of $130K per month

The county is looking to consolidate operations to Woodforest Bank Stadium beginning March 1.

Former contestants from 'RuPaul’s Drag Race' perform at a Drag N’ Drive event at the Deerbook Mall March 2-3. (Courtesy Jeff Eason/Wilson Models)
Attend a drive-in drag show, go canoeing in Spring Creek: 8 things to do in the Lake Houston area in February, March

There are plenty of things to do in the Lake Houston area late February to mid-March.

The New Caney ISD board trustees heard a report on the damages to district facilities from the winter storm. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
New Caney ISD board of trustees reflects on damage from winter storm

New damages, new principals and new names: Here are some takeaways from the New Caney ISD board meeting.