Hot Dogs Express Magnolia now open; Creole Flava food truck operating in Sugar Land and more Houston-area news

Hot Dogs Express Magnolia is a food stall that operates out of Kitty's Cafe daily after 3 p.m. (Courtesy Hot Dogs Express Magnolia)
Hot Dogs Express Magnolia is a food stall that operates out of Kitty's Cafe daily after 3 p.m. (Courtesy Hot Dogs Express Magnolia)

Hot Dogs Express Magnolia is a food stall that operates out of Kitty's Cafe daily after 3 p.m. (Courtesy Hot Dogs Express Magnolia)

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Hot Dogs Express Magnolia now serving bacon-wrapped hot dogs

Local food stall Hot Dogs Express Magnolia began operating out of Kitty’s Cafe on FM 1488 in mid-January, according to stall owner Fernando Moreno. The food stall specializes in bacon-wrapped hotdogs and offers a selection of Mexican street food, including tacos al pastor, quesadillas and Mexican-style burgers.

City officials confirm construction on H-E-B in Magnolia to break ground in June

Construction for Magnolia's anticipated H-E-B at Spur 149 and FM 1488 is slated to begin June 14, Magnolia City Administrator Don Doering said during a Feb. 9 City Council meeting.

The Woodlands

Pandemic fuels rise of local outdoor vendor markets in The Woodlands area

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizers to alter or cancel a range of activities over the past 10 months, several new and established outdoor vendor markets have had success in The Woodlands.

Texas Autism Academy partners with Texas Neurodevelopment Center to meet families' lifelong needs

In its fourth year of operation, Texas Autism Academy has grown from two to 22 students, and the school is now partnering with a new nonprofit that aims to provide support for autistic families beyond traditional schooling years.

Montgomery County

Free boater education certification classes in Montgomery County begin March 20

Montgomery County residents can now sign up for free boater education classes beginning March 20 and continuing once a month until the summer.

Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

Watershed brings scratch kitchen, craft beer to Meyerland area

At Watershed, patrons might first be attracted to its central bar, clad with a mosaic of cassette tapes and boasting 30 brews on tap, but hidden in plain sight is a massive open kitchen that represents the restaurant’s true calling.

Local Foods Market to unveil expanded concept in Rice Village

After taking over the former benjy’s space in Rice Village, Local Foods Market is set to open Feb. 16.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose

Houston Freedmen's Town Conservancy aims to honor neighborhood's history

Watching the new Freedmen’s Town farmers market take root, Zion Escobar, the executive director of the Houston Freedmen’s Town Conservancy, said she knew a shift was occurring in the neighborhood.

Sugar Land-Missouri City

Premier Martial Arts to offer self-defense training for kids, adults in Missouri City

The nationwide franchise offers martial arts training for kids age 3 and up that combines elements of karate, taekwondo, Krav Maga and kickboxing. Fitness and self-defense classes using techniques from Krav Mga, jiujitsu and kickboxing are available for adults.

Food truck Creole Flava serves Cajun-style soul food in Sugar Land

Creole Flava, a food truck located at 9907 S. Hwy. 6, Sugar Land, opened Dec. 20.

Houston-themed restaurant Trill Taco ties nontraditional menu to area rap scene

It is impossible to pick a dish off the menu at Trill Taco without thinking about Houston’s renowned hip-hop scene.

Adriana Rezal, Eva Vigh, Vanessa Holt, Ben Thompson, Emma Whalen, Morgan Theophil and Claire Shoop contributed to this report.


As variants are isolated and identified, Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass believes the vaccines available can handle identified variants (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
'The vaccines we have are effective against all the variants out there': Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass discusses variants, vaccinations

As Houston Methodist identified its first case of the lambda variant July 19, Dr. Glass believes vaccines can handle known variants.

Yes Resale will sell used items to benefit Crossbar Academy. (Photo courtesy Wendy Alexander)
Yes Resale coming soon to Hwy. 249 in Tomball

The store will sell used donated items to support Crossbar Academy.

A total of 700 homes are planned for Magnolia Ridge, located in the city of Magnolia. (Chandler France/Community Impact Newspaper)
Magnolia sees surge in single-family development with thousands of homes coming

More than 18,000 lots have been identified for future homes across the three Magnolia ZIP codes.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

Barbarossa Coffee Roasters is hosting an event with GlossBoss Auto Specialists July 25. (Courtesy Barbarossa Coffee)
Food market, anniversary celebration: 4 things to do in Tomball, Magnolia July 24-25

From eating barbecue and enjoying live music to letting the kids take their toy cars out for a spin, here are four things to do this weekend in Tomball and Magnolia.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is pleading with residents to be more vigilant, asking all residents to start wearing masks again in indoor settings and asking those who are vaccinated to urge their friends who are not to get the shot. (Screenshot Courtesy Facebook)
Harris County raises coronavirus threat level as Hidalgo asks all residents to mask up indoors

Although those who are vaccinated are very unlikely to end up in the hospital, officials said wearing masks in certain situations could help reduce transmissions to the more susceptible unvaccinated.

A COVID-19 vaccine dose is administered to a person's arm
Montgomery County sees July increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

Active COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County climbed above 1,000 for the first time in two months, just after June recorded the lowest active cases since 2020.

Harris County Emergency Services District 11 commissioners received updates on the status of its upcoming ambulances services at a July 22 board meeting. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 commissioners discuss upcoming ambulance service

The district will take over providing emergency medical services across more than 177 square miles of north Harris County, currently being provided by Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services, on Sept. 1.

Tomball's new Never Forget Garden is now open to the public at Jerry Matheson Park on Ulrich Road. (Courtesy city of Tomball)
Daughters of the American Revolution, city of Tomball dedicate 'Never Forget Garden' at Matheson Park

The garden at Jerry Matheson Park in Tomball features red and white roses in honor of the centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Magnolia Ridge will feature 700 new homes in its newest section. (Chandler France/Community Impact Newspaper)
Roundup: 6 developments to follow in Magnolia

Multiple developments are ongoing in Magnolia, with thousands of homes currently being constructed or planned.

Memorial Hermann has locations throughout the Greater Houston area, including Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center. (Courtesy Memorial Hermann)
Memorial Hermann visiting policies change as COVID-19 cases rise

As of July 21, Memorial Hermann has changed its visitor policy in light of a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the Greater Houston area.