Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Jan. 31.

Note: The following stories were published Jan. 28-29.

Greater Houston

18 restaurants in Tomball, Magnolia that opened in 2021 or are coming in 2022

Several eateries opened in the Tomball and Magnolia community in 2021, while a number of others are expected to open this year. This list is not comprehensive.

Cava now open in Sterling Ridge Shopping center in The Woodlands

Cava, a fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant, opened Jan. 27 in the former Zoes Kitchen storefront at 6700 Woodlands Parkway, Ste. 170, The Woodlands. Cava is located in the Sterling Ridge Shopping Center.

Central Texas

Despite emergence of omicron subvariant BA2, Austin Public Health officials spread ‘good news’

Officials with Austin Public Health said in a Jan. 28 press conference the area has reached the peak of the COVID-19 omicron variant wave and case numbers are beginning to decline—a fact Austin-Travis County Health Authority Dr. Desmar Walkes characterized as “good news.”

Slab BBQ & Beer relocating Oak Hill location to Westgate Lanes in South Austin

Slab BBQ & Beer is relocating from its Oak Hill location at 7101 W. Hwy. 71, Austin, to the Westgate Lanes bowling alley in early February.

Dallas-Fort Worth

Rummel, Shipman heading to runoff election for Frisco City Council Place 5

Laura Rummel and Tracie Reveal Shipman will compete in a runoff election on March 26 after neither candidate accumulated at least 50% of votes in the Jan. 29 special election for Frisco City Council Place 5.

Chandler France, Claire Shoop, Matt Payne, Zacharia Washington and Ally Bolender contributed to this report.