Crawfish, seafood eatery opens in Spring; Mr. Gatti's Pizza coming to Kingwood and more Houston-area news

This is the second location for the Kingwood-based business, which specializes in selling live and boiled crawfish, shrimp and crab as well as its signature seasoning blend. (Courtesy Swamp Donkeys Crawfish and Seafood)
This is the second location for the Kingwood-based business, which specializes in selling live and boiled crawfish, shrimp and crab as well as its signature seasoning blend. (Courtesy Swamp Donkeys Crawfish and Seafood)

This is the second location for the Kingwood-based business, which specializes in selling live and boiled crawfish, shrimp and crab as well as its signature seasoning blend. (Courtesy Swamp Donkeys Crawfish and Seafood)

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Spring-Klein

Kingwood-based Swamp Donkeys Crawfish and Seafood opens second location in Spring

Swamp Donkeys Crawfish and Seafood celebrated its grand opening March 13 at the Track Shack, located at 25811 W. Hardy Road, Spring. This is the second location for the Kingwood-based business, which specializes in selling live and boiled crawfish, shrimp and crab as well as its signature seasoning blend.

Tomball-Magnolia



Dottie’s Gelato and Italian Ices coming soon to Main Street in Tomball


Dottie’s Gelato and Italian Ices will be coming to Main Street in Tomball at the end of March, according to business owner Lorraine Featherston. Soon to be located at the rear entrance of 411 W Main St., Tomball, the gelato shop will offer homemade gelato with natural ingredients, waffle cones and bowls, and espresso and other coffee beverages.

Cy-Fair

Kumon Math and Reading Program now open in Bridgeland

A new location of Kumon Math and Reading Program is now open in the Bridgeland area at 10611 Fry Road, Ste. B2-200, Cypress, within the Lakeland Village Center, according to a March 16 press release from the Howard Hughes Corp.

Bay Area

ROUNDUP: The Lost Cajun opens in League City and more business news


Here is a roundup of recent business news from the Bay Area.

League City to paint ‘mini murals’; local artists encouraged to apply

To increase public art and make League City more attractive, officials are launching a campaign to paint “mini murals” on traffic utility boxes across the city through the fall.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

Thai eatery and coffee house Silom Station to open in Sugar Land this May

Silom Station, a Thai Cottage Group restaurant, is planning to open in May at 222 Hwy. 6, Ste. 500, Sugar Land. The restaurant will serve Thai food and coffee.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

Mr. Gatti's Pizza to open third Houston-area eatery in Kingwood


Mr. Gatti’s Pizza, a pizza franchise, will open an eatery in late April or early May at 1345 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood. Franchisee owners Jessi Juarez and Viviana De La Cruz said the eatery is a full-service buffet offering pizzas, pastas, salads and chicken wings and has an arcade. It offers pickup but will also deliver in the future.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

River Oaks Theatre likely to close despite further negotiations


After new negotiations offered some hope that the historic River Oaks Theatre could be saved, a statement from the owner suggests time has run out.

Matt Dulin, Kelly Schafler, Colleen Ferguson, Adriana Rezal, Hannah Zedaker, Shawn Arrajj, Jake Magee and Claire Shoop contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

Single-family home sales were up 47.4% compared to last April with 9,105 units sold versus 6,175 a year earlier. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
HAR: Houston-area home sales in April up 47% compared to last year

Single-family home sales were up 47.4% compared to April 2020.

The results of a study conducted by Cambridge Education, an education consulting firm, showed both progress and areas in need of improvement throughout Spring ISD in the pursuit of equity. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Equity study shows progress, reveals shortcomings in Spring ISD

The results of a study conducted by Cambridge Education, an education consulting firm, showed both progress and areas in need of improvement throughout Spring ISD in the pursuit of equity.

House Bill 1024, signed into law May 12, allows restaurants and bars to permanently sell alcoholic beverages to-go. (Courtesy Pexels)
Cocktails to-go are here to stay in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs change into law May 12

Supporters say the change will help restaurants continue to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

New details could emerge soon on the potential use of underground tunnels to carry flood water in Harris County, and officials voted May 11 to dedicate an additional $3.26 million to study efforts along Buffalo Bayou. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
County commissioners expand scope of flood tunnel study as next phase nears completion

New details could emerge soon on the potential use of underground tunnels to carry flood water in Harris County, and officials voted May 11 to dedicate an additional $3.26 million to study efforts along Buffalo Bayou.

Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides a variety of services to assist eligible people with disabilities in preparing for, obtaining, retaining or advancing in competitive integrated employment. Similarly, Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast is a public workforce system in the 13-county Houston-Galveston region of Texas that helps employers meet their human resources needs and individuals build careers. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services to relocate from Tomball to Willowbrook

Six vocational rehabilitation staff with the Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services will move May 18 from 444 Holderrieth Blvd., Ste. 3, Tomball to the Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast office located at 17725 Hwy. 249, Houston, according to a May 11 news release.

Residents will have until May 2023 to obtain a Real ID. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
US Department of Homeland Security extends Real ID deadline until 2023

Drivers will have until May 2023 to get the Real ID, which will be required for adults boarding a U.S. commercial flight.

Moore Elementary School is one of the campuses open for students transfers in 2021-22. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
Cy-Fair ISD approves 57 campuses open for voluntary student transfers in 2021-22

Families can now apply for voluntary students transfers for the 2021-22 school year.

Susan Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. (Courtesy American Medical Association)
'I am convinced we will beat COVID': American Medical Association President Susan Bailey discusses vaccine successes, myths, challenges

Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. Much of the organization's focus during that time has been on vaccine transparency and distribution.

Cy-Fair ISD is planning to offer a virtual learning program for the 2021-22 school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Cy-Fair ISD proposes virtual learning program for 2021-22 pending legislative approval

District officials said the proposed Cy-Fair ISD Virtual School will launch in 2021-22, pending the approval of certain legislation.

Pfizer vaccines could become available to kids 12 and up as soon as next week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
FDA expands Pfizer vaccine authorization to children ages 12 to 15 years old

This is the first time people under the age of 16 have been granted access to a coronavirus vaccine.

The deadline is May 17 for residents to protest their appraised property values set by the Harris County Appraisal District earlier this year, and officials are encouraging protesters to take online options into account. (Courtesy Pexels)
Harris County residents have until May 17 to protest property values

High demand for residential properties along with a shrinking inventory of homes translated into a roughly 8%-10% increase in residential values on average across the county this year