Chipotle with drive-thru opening in Montgomery and more Houston-area news

The new Chipotle location will offer a drive-thru pickup lane. (Courtesy Linhart PR)
The new Chipotle location will offer a drive-thru pickup lane. (Courtesy Linhart PR)

The new Chipotle location will offer a drive-thru pickup lane. (Courtesy Linhart PR)

Read the latest business and community news from the Greater Houston area.


Chipotle with drive-thru coming to Montgomery in December

The new location will offer a drive-thru pickup lane.

Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

Velvet Taco has eyes on potential Rice Village location

Velvet Taco could be adding another Houston location to its expansion plans.

Upstairs Bar and Lounge has reopened

Upstairs Bar and Lounge has reopened its doors to customers on the second floor at 2356 Rice Blvd., Houston.

Community responds with memorial for Bellaire Sugar Shop owner Nathan Maynor

Maynor had been battling COVID-19 since mid-October.

A past staple of Rice Village, J. Landa Jewelry now open in River Oaks

The jewelry boutique is now located in a 1,300-square-foot space.

Evelyn’s Park announces launch of Phase 2 of development

Evelyn’s Park will be getting some upgrades over the next six months.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

Anvil Bar & Refuge reopens; Tongue-Cut Sparrow to move in next door

The cocktail bar Anvil has reopened with restaurant service and a new patio at 1424 Westheimer Road, Houston.

Twisted Grilled Cheese set to bring loaded sandwiches and more to Washington Avenue

The Twisted Grilled Cheese food trucks will continue to operate as well.


NOW OPEN: First Watch moves into the Boardwalk at Towne Lake

The new eatery is open daily from 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Five Below now open at Fairfield Town Center

The specialty discount store offers clothing items, toys, snacks and home decor, among other products.

The Woodlands

SmartDraw Software completes HQ move to Hughes Landing in The Woodlands

The tech company arrived in Hughes Landing in October following its move from Southern California.


Rotary Club of Willowbrook marks 36 years of giving back despite dwindling membership

“You build up a lot of camaraderie because you see these people once a week for years and you do service projects with them. So you develop a relationship that transcends rotary,” Jackson said.

RAW Gym Texas rebrands as RAW Gym Warzone, relocates from Tomball to Spring

RAW Gym Warzone opened at 9702 Spring Cypress Road, Ste. 125A, Spring, on Nov. 16.


At Big Z’s Pizza House & Brew in Katy, Chicago natives want to redefine pizza

Bob Zincoris and Tony Perry, the owners of Katy’s Big Z’s Pizza House & Brew, learned the art of cooking from their mother. The brothers’ restaurant now features many of her recipes, including the pizza dough.

Kingsland Baptist Church North campus opens in Katy

The Kingsland Baptist Church North campus opened in September.

Matt Dulin, Hunter Marrow, Eva Vigh, Danica Lloyd, Ben Thompson, Hannah Zedaker and Nola Valente contributed to this report.


Members of the Cy-Fair Fire Department Emergency Medical Services team respond to an accident on Brittmore Road in Cy-Fair on Jan. 8. (Courtesy Capt. Daniel Arizpe/Cy-Fair Fire Department)
New fund to benefit Cy-Fair firefighters, department members

"We want to be able to come in and do some work that needs to be done for these heroic people."

Pine Street Eats & Sweets will open at 107 N. Pine St., Tomball, in the spring. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pine Street Eats & Sweets sets spring opening in Tomball

The eatery will serve breakfast and lunch and will feature a bakery.

The U.S. Census Bureau has released its 2019 data for Pearland. (Haley Morrison/Community Impact Newspaper)
Pearland minority population increases from 2014-19 and more census data

A look at 2019 U.S. census data for the city of Pearland

The Texas Department of Transportation plans to install a center, raised median on 5.8 miles of FM 1092 from Hwy. 59 to Hwy. 6. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Department of Transportation to add median on FM 1092 in Missouri City

In an effort to improve the movement of traffic and reduce collisions along FM 1092 in Missouri City, the Texas Department of Transportation plans to add a median to separate the six lanes of traffic and limit left turns.

Novel at River Oaks
Inner Loop apartment rents tumbled by as much as 16% in 2020

"I would hope that these operators in those areas—at some point, you can’t lower rents anymore. They just have to wait for people to show up," ApartmentData's Bruce McClenny said.

Dr. Jacquelyn Johnson-Minter, director of Fort Bend County Health & Human Service, said Jan. 21 that it has been frustrating that the supply of vaccines thus far has been unable to meet the demand. (Morgan Theophil/Community Impact Newspaper)
With vaccination hub designation, Fort Bend County prepares for increased COVID-19 vaccine shipments

Fort Bend County is prepared to receive and administer hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccinations, County Judge KP George said during a press conference Jan. 21. To do so, however, the county must receive the vaccines in the first place.

The first-ever Houston Reads Day will take place March 2. (Courtesy Pexels)
Volunteers needed for inaugural literacy-focused Houston Reads Day

Volunteers will read to 10,000 kindergarten through third-grade students.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream
Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is coming to Montrose Collective

"What attracted us to Houston was the incredible cultural and culinary diversity and the feeling of progress, growth in modernity the city radiates. The average daily temperature didn’t hurt either,” co-founder Ben Van Leeuwen said.

As of Jan. 21, Spring ISD has 125 active cases and Klein ISD has 99. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Spring, Klein ISDs see COVID-19 active case counts decrease districtwide

Both districts saw their active case counts drop after recording relatively high counts the week prior.

Pearland ISD's testing rates for the first semester of the 2020-21 school year were similar to first semester failure rates for the 2019-20 school year, according to district data. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
First semester failure rates on par with previous year's in Pearland ISD

Pearland ISD discussed failure rates at its board of trustees meeting.

One local health system leader said he expects everyone, including those under age 65, will have access to the vaccine within the next 90 days. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Houston-area health system leaders talk progress, hurdles during COVID-19

Officials from CHI St. Luke’s Health and UTMB Health said community members must remain vigilant as case counts climb but that they expect the current surge to peak by early February.

Humble ISD has 439 active COVID-19 cases while New Caney ISD has 87 active cases as of Jan. 21. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
New Caney, Humble ISDs see leveling out of active COVID-19 cases

New Caney and Porter High Schools continue to have the highest cases per campus in New Caney ISD.