RECAP: Tomball and Magnolia eateries featured throughout 2020

The Shrimp Brochette ($18.84) from Aguirre's Tex Mex features eight bacon-wrapped jumbo shrimp stuffed with peppers, Monterey Jack cheese and grilled vegetables. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Shrimp Brochette ($18.84) from Aguirre's Tex Mex features eight bacon-wrapped jumbo shrimp stuffed with peppers, Monterey Jack cheese and grilled vegetables. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Shrimp Brochette ($18.84) from Aguirre's Tex Mex features eight bacon-wrapped jumbo shrimp stuffed with peppers, Monterey Jack cheese and grilled vegetables. (Adriana Rezal/Community Impact Newspaper)

In the past year, Tomball and Magnolia eateries were faced with business closures and other challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. Read on to learn more about

Red Flame Steak & Grill owner aims to offer international cuisine, high-end meals for affordable price in Magnolia

Growing up in Mexico, Red Flame Steak & Grill owner Julio Amer said his family has always been involved in the restaurant industry. He said he helped out at his family’s restaurants and eventually started working at bigger restaurants in Mexico until he moved to the U.S. in January 2006.

“I worked in construction [when I first moved here], and I didn’t like it, so I went back to restaurants,” he said. “I set up my mind that I wanted to have my own restaurant someday.” Read more.

Magnolia Coffee House Bistro co-owners carry on family legacy


For Vickie Patterson and Janna Hartigan, Magnolia natives and co-owners of Magnolia Coffee House Bistro, opening a local bistro is carrying on a family tradition of hospitality and food service. In the '70s and '80s, Hartigan said, the two friends’ families would sell barbecue sandwiches to Texas Renaissance Festival patrons. Read more.

Owner of Captain Brad’s Coastal Kitchen in Tomball honors late father’s legacy

The idea for Captain Brad’s Coastal Kitchen stemmed from Brad Aplin—father of owner Brittney Aplin—and his career as a commercial crabber, shrimper and oysterman, Brittney said.

“We lived along the Southern coasts, like Florida, Louisiana and Texas. I’ve lived in Corpus Christi, Rockport and San Leon [in Texas],” Brittney said. “We were raised on the water, you know?” Read more.

Tressie's Southern Kitchen trades upscale dining for to-go menu

Tressie’s Southern Kitchen opened in early November to offer fine Southern dining in Magnolia. Just months later, Tressie’s was forced to cease dine-in services and offer only carryout amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.

2 Guys 1 Pit BBQ & Catering adds permanent drive-thru to weather pandemic

When co-owner Chris Clarabut catered his brother-in-law’s wedding four years ago, he did not know it would be the start of 2 Guys 1 Pit BBQ & Catering, he said. Clarabut started the catering business with his father-in-law, Richard Rodriguez, before opening a restaurant in July 2019 in Tomball. Read more.

Magnolia eatery Patra's Thai Cuisine introduces community to Thai food

Owner Yuwaree Staley opened Patra’s Thai Cuisine in Magnolia last July to give the community its first taste of Thai food, she said.

“Out here, [there were not] any Thai restaurants,” she said. “So I [thought] a Thai restaurant would be a good option for the local people.” Read more.

Grab N Go Tacos lives up to its name during pandemic

Co-owner Denia Ferguson said Grab N Go Tacos started because she wanted a place that served fresh and high-quality food. Denia and her husband, Darren, opened Grab N Go Tacos Tomball in February 2019. Read more.

British-American fusion restaurant Pengus's Place in Magnolia serves ‘real food for real folk’

Serving up British classics, from fish and chips to bangers and mash, Pengus’s Place is the city of Magnolia’s small piece of northeastern England, situated just off FM 1488.

After years of working in pubs in the U.S. and U.K., Magnolia native Lori Gwynn and her English husband, Stephen Gwynn, opened Pengus’s Place in late September 2019 with hopes of offering a sit-down family restaurant for local and foreign clientele. Read more.

Aguirre’s Tex-Mex in Tomball weathers pandemic with low prices

Five years ago, Aguirre’s Tex-Mex co-owner Sam Sahragard and his brothers, Masood and Julio, took on the challenge of moving from Missouri City to the west Houston area with the dream of establishing a Tex-Mex restaurant. After opening a second location along Hwy. 249 in Tomball in 2018 and weathering the coronavirus pandemic, Sam said the key to standing out is championing quality food with competitively low prices. Read more.

Family-run eatery Market Street Cafe is ready to bounce back

After less than six months of business, the coronavirus pandemic caused Market Street Cafe to furlough employees, suspend dine-in service and adapt to curbside pickup. During this, restaurant owner Forrest Edmonds said he relied on his daughter, Elaine, and his wife, MaryEllen, to keep things going. Read more.

Magnolia's Havana House offers Cuban cooking

Mary Sanchez and her aunt, Marcela, opened Havana House in December 2018 with the goal of providing authentic Cuban fare, a business idea they credit to Mary’s late father.

“We decided after his passing ... to pursue this new venture ... and bring some of our culture to Magnolia,” Mary said. “And that’s where it came from. We love to cook; we have a passion for cooking.” Read more.


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Montgomery County is set to receive its largest first-dose allocation during the week of March 1. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County set to receive largest vaccine allocation yet in first week of March

Nearly 20,000 vaccine doses were allocated to the county's two vaccine hubs and several additional providers for the week of March 1.

A coronavirus vaccine is given at Memorial Hermann's mass vaccine clinic Feb. 26. (Andrew Christman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Memorial Hermann closes out 2nd round of vaccines with 7,000 distributed among 2 clinics

The clinic will continue operations through 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

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Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Large-format printing service provider SpeedPro Magnolia was named 2020 Business of the Year by the Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce. (Courtesy SpeedPro Magnolia)
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Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather. (Community Impact staff)
Q&A: Greater Houston Builders Association President Keith Luechtefeld discusses power, plumbing, frozen pipes after Winter Storm Uri

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather.

With the notice lifted, the city recommends residents to flush household pipes, ice makers and water fountains prior to use. (Courtesy Fotolia)
JUST IN: City of Magnolia boil water notice lifted as of 4 p.m. Feb. 25

City residents were put under a nine-day boil water notice after freezing temperatures and electricity outages caused the city's water plants to suffer a loss of water pressure.

Harris County ESD No. 11 commissioners met for a meeting Feb. 25. (Courtesy Cypress Creek EMS)
Harris County ESD No. 11 begins construction process on new facility

District offiicials have said they hope Phase 1 of construction will be complete by August.

Winter Storm Uri led to closures across the Greater Houston area during the third week of February. (Courtesy Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County)
‘It’s been a rough year for us’: Expert explains economic effects of winter storm, ongoing pandemic in Houston region

“It's been a rough year for us economically; it's been a rough year for us public health wise. It's just been a rough year for us psychologically—first the coronavirus and then the freeze," said Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research with the Greater Houston Partnership.

The $560 million central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E. (Courtesy Houston Airport System)
Parking garage at George Bush Intercontinental Airport to be demolished to make way for new Mickey Leland International Terminal

The international central processor, which is part of the new Mickey Leland International Terminal, will replace the parking garage for terminals D and E.