La Cocina de Roberto restaurant opens in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

La Cocina de Roberto launched its second eatery in The Woodlands area in January. (Courtesy La Cocina de Roberto)
La Cocina de Roberto launched its second eatery in The Woodlands area in January. (Courtesy La Cocina de Roberto)

La Cocina de Roberto launched its second eatery in The Woodlands area in January. (Courtesy La Cocina de Roberto)

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The Woodlands

La Cocina de Roberto launches second restaurant in The Woodlands area

La Cocina de Roberto opened its second kitchen in The Woodlands area Jan. 4.

Aloft Hotel opens in Shenandoah

Aloft Shenandoah Houston features 116 loft-style guest rooms.


Arts & Crepes closes Cypress storefront, transitions to fully mobile business

The Arts & Crepes food truck will travel around Cy-Fair and beyond, officials said.


D1 Training facility now open on Rayford Road in Spring

D1 Training, a new fitness training facility, opened its doors at 8727 W. Rayford Road, Ste. 150, Spring, on Dec. 7.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

Burn Boot Camp celebrates grand opening of Atascocita gym in January

Burn Boot Camp, a national fitness franchise, hosted its grand opening Jan. 10 at 7154 Atascocita Road, Humble.

Wells Fargo Bank opens new Kingwood branch

The full-service bank features three teller stations and six banker desks.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

Locally owned hair salon House of Blu's now serving Missouri City

The multicultural salon offers a variety of hair and spa services.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

Velvet Taco opens in the Heights; two more in the works

It is the first of three to open in 2021.


Friendswood ISD sends #WeAreMighty flag into space aboard International Space Station

Mike Hopkins, an astronaut aboard the space station—and the husband of Friendswood Junior High nurse Julie Hopkins—worked with district leaders to coordinate the flag's journey.

Greater Houston

Houston-based Shipley Do-Nuts acquired by private investment firm affiliate

The acquisition of Houston-based Shipley Do-Nuts by an affiliate of the private investment firm Peak Rock Capital was completed Jan. 6, the firm announced in a statement.

Houston’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade goes virtual for 2021 event

The city of Houston’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade will be held online this year in partnership with the Black Heritage Society from 10 a.m.-noon on Jan. 18.

Harris County

New mobile application offers alerts of real-time crime, traffic hazards in Harris County Precinct 4

The app can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play store for free.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to deliver 7,500 rainbow trout to northeast Harris County parks

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department will deliver 7,500 rainbow trout to six Harris County Precinct 4 parks between Jan. 14 and 15.

Montgomery County

Montgomery County’s mass vaccine distribution plan includes 5 major drive-thru sites

Montgomery County has developed a preliminary plan for mass vaccination distribution for the general public that could potentially vaccinate up to 5,000 individuals per day once supply becomes available.

Claire Shoop, Eva Vigh, Danica Lloyd, Ben Thompson, Andrew Christman, Kelly Schafler, Anna Lotz, Adriana Rezal, Matt Dulin and Colleen Ferguson contributed to this report.


Intersection projects wrapped up at two sites in The Woodlands in late 2020. (Courtesy Fotolia)
2 intersection projects completed in The Woodlands: Grogan's Mill Road, New Trails Drive

Two Montgomery County Precinct 3 intersection improvement projects wrapped up in late 2020.

Vertigo, a 1980s tribute and cover band, performs live renditions of classic tunes. The band will perform at Mahoney’s Texish Bar on Jan. 30. (Courtesy Vertigo)
Where to see live music in The Woodlands area in January and February

Here's a sampling of local venues where you can catch a show in early 2021 in The Woodlands area.

At a Jan. 15 emergency court hearing, officials came up with a plan to try to reduce the inmate population at the Harris County Jail that centers on hosting more bail reduction hearings. (Courtesy Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)
With open beds dwindling, officials look for ways to reduce Harris County jail population

The inmate population at the Harris County Jail is rising, and officials are looking for ways to quickly ease the pressure as concerns grow over the ability to quarantine and restrict the spread of the coronavirus.

Bocca Italian Kitchen serves seasonal, Italian-inspired dishes, such as polenta and various pastas. (Courtesy Marco Torres)
Italian eateries open in Generation Park; Houston bike lane fines enforced and more local news

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The independent pharmacy went through 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine in nine days. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Magnolia Pharmacy aims to open volunteer-run COVID-19 vaccine clinic Jan. 22

If everything goes according to plan, the clinic could administer 200-400 doses per day to those who qualify, regardless of their county of residency.

Oak Ridge Nutrition opened Jan. 15. (Courtesy Oak Ridge Nutrition)
Oak Ridge Nutrition now serving specialty drinks on Robinson Road

The new store's menu features dozens of shakes and teas.

Officials expect demand for the vaccine will be huge once it opens to the general public. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Montgomery County plans vaccine distribution; FDA warns of false negatives and more top Houston-area news

Read the most popular stories from the past week from the Houston area.

Hundreds of positive COVID-19 case reports among Conroe ISD students and employees have been recorded so far this year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Conroe ISD sees COVID-19 case reports climb with second semester underway

Hundreds of positive case reports have been logged by the district since the start of 2021.

Work on Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center includes the construction of a new patient tower and parking area. (Courtesy Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center)
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center on track to complete $250M expansion in 2022

Since July, the construction team has put in 100,000 work hours and poured more than 8,500 cubic yards of concrtete.

The new plant was completed ahead of schedule. (Courtesy Entergy Texas)
Entergy Texas power station in Montgomery County achieves commercial operation

The plant, located in Willis, was originally slated to come online in the middle of this year.

Tommy Bahama Home offers furnishings and decor for throughout the home. (Courtesy Tommy Bahama Home)
Houston area's first Tommy Bahama Home store opening in The Woodlands on Jan. 16

The home decor and furnishing store will open at Market Street in The Woodlands.