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.

Cy-Fair

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.

Conroe-Montgomery

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.

Katy

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

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.



MOST RECENT

Following Gov. Greg Abbott's March 2 announcement that the statewide mask mandate and COVID-19-related business restrictions will be lifted as of March 10, Harris County and city of Houston leaders are weighing in, and local health care providers are urging residents to continue to take precautions. (Courtesy Pexels)
Harris County, Houston leaders call end of statewide mask mandate a 'distraction' from power grid failures

"At best, today’s decision is wishful thinking. At worst, it is a cynical attempt to distract Texans from the failures of state oversight of our power grid," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said.

As of 11:30 a.m. on March 2, eight areas across Harris County remained under boil water notice affecting about 2,300 residents. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Thousands in unincorporated Harris County remain under boil notices

As of 11:30 a.m. on March 2, eight areas across Harris County remained under boil water notice affecting about 2,300 residents.

The statewide mask mandate will end March 10. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, local officials weigh in on end of state mask mandate

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough thanked the governor for planning to lift state mandates March 10.

frozen tree
One in 4 Houstonians experienced water leaks during winter freeze, new data finds

Houston Public Works fielded 11,000 calls related to water issues during and after the weather event.

The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market is returning in person for its spring iteration. (Courtesy Jennifer Greene/HoustonBallet)
Houston Nutcracker Market to make in-person return this spring

Of the 150 merchants on the roster, nearly 50 will be making their spring debut in 2021.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas. (Courtesy Office of the Texas Governor)
Gov. Greg Abbott lifts statewide mask mandate, business restrictions in Texas

With vaccine distribution increasing, Gov. Greg Abbott said "people and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate." Some local officials are pushing back, saying the relaxed restrictions are coming too early.

The study phase for Harris County Precinct 4’s Hamblen Road realignment project began in January. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County Precinct 4 begins study phase of Hamblen Road realignment

Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle said the realignment will improve safety by diverting traffic around the railroad at Hamblen Road and reduce flooding by fixing issues with roadside drainage.

Most of the electric grid in Texas is managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which is not linked to other interconnected national electrical systems. (Courtesy Electric Reliability Council of Texas)
Leaving the Texas power grid 'not likely to be an option' for Harris County, official says

Just two weeks after severe winter weather dropped Harris County temperatures below freezing for three consecutive days, which led to widespread power outages, loss of water and the deaths of at least 50 county residents, Harris County Commissioners Court called for major reform at the state level regarding the Texas power grid and related energy policies.

Mayor sylvester turner
Houston expanding vaccine supply as 6,000 Johnson & Johnson doses arrive March 2

The first shipment will be sent to the mass-vaccination site run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency at NRG Stadium. The site vaccinates individuals who sign up for doses though the Houston Health Department’s vaccine waitlist.

Hank's Crab Shack gets and sells several hundred pounds of crawfish daily, especially during the peak of crawfish season. (Morgan Theophil/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hank's Crab Shack serving Katy; 16 Spring-Klein business updates and more Houston-area news

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The median price of homes sold also increased in all ZIP codes.(Courtesy Adobe Stock)
See how the Lake Houston-area real estate market fared in January

The median price of homes sold also increased in all ZIP codes.

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Evictions continue in Houston as new measures aim to stem tide

Over 32,000 eviction cases were filed in Harris County courts in 2020.