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)

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

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.


Montgomery County continues to see new daily highs in active COVID-19 case counts as hospitalizations rise. (Community Impact staff)
Montgomery County COVID-19 total case count increases to over 34,000; active case count decreases by 1,500

The total COVID-19 case count across Montgomery County has surpassed 34,000.

The city of Shenandoah outlined several projects for the upcoming year. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Shenandoah announces 2021 projects including David Memorial Drive extension, water line replacement

One of the primary projects the city of Shenandoah will pursue this year will be the extension of David Memorial Drive to Hwy. 242.

Feeding Texas hosted a Jan. 19 webinar to discuss legislative highlights for the 87th Texas Legislature. (Screenshot courtesy Feeding Texas)
Food insecurity in Texas' 87th Legislature: Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas to propose legislation addressing hunger

Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas hosted a webinar Jan. 19 to discuss increasing funding and accessibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the 87th legislative session.

13 new businesses that opened in 2020 or early 2021 to check out in The Woodlands area

Tommy Bahama Home opened in January, and stores including an Amazon 4-star opened in 2020 in The Woodlands area.

The Woodlands-area small business, major industries look at 2021 recovery prospects

Several circumstances, such as a growing health care employment sector and a robust commercial market, may have helped to protect The Woodlands from greater losses, area experts said.

COVID-19 vaccines
DATA: Texas has vaccinated about 9% of estimated Phase 1 recipients

Over 1.1 million individuals from the Phase 1 population, which is estimated to include 13.5 million individuals total, have received at least one dose.

Bob Popinski, policy director of Raise Your Hand Texas, shared the organization's top education priorities for the ongoing legislative session. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
‘What does virtual learning and remote learning look like moving forward?': Raise Your Hand Texas policy director talks legislative priorities

Bob Popinski is the director of policy for Raise Your Hand Texas, an Austin-based organization committed to improving public education. He spoke with Community Impact Newspaper in late December about the 87th legislative session, which began Jan. 12.

The barbecue eatery is the second Killen's Restaurant Group venture to launch in The Woodlands area. (Courtesy Killen's Barbecue)
Killen's Barbecue launches new location serving The Woodlands area

The barbecue concept's second Greater Houston location opened Jan. 16 in Shenandoah.

(Courtesy Chipotle)
Chipotle opens location on Sawdust Road

The new location offers a Chipotlane, which allows customers to drive through and pick up their orders without leaving their vehicle.

Bayou City Art Festival Downtown is scheduled to return in person in October. (Courtesy Katya Horner/Bayou City Art Festival)
Bayou City Art Festival scheduled for in-person return in October

The Memorial Park version of the festival will be celebrated through alternative virtual and smaller in-person events.

The Conroe clinic was allocated 2,000 doses of Moderna Inc.'s COVID-19 vaccine the week of Jan. 18 because of its designation as a hub provider. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Conroe's Lone Star Family Health Center designated as COVID-19 vaccination hub, receives 2,000 doses

The facility was the sole Montgomery County provider to receive a vaccine allocation in the sixth week of statewide distribution.