New restaurants and more: Here's the local business news for Tomball, Magnolia

Located at 16918 FM 2920, Tomball, Mexican eatery Al Chile Taqueria offers dine-in eating, carryout and catering options. (Courtesy Al Chile Taqueria)
Located at 16918 FM 2920, Tomball, Mexican eatery Al Chile Taqueria offers dine-in eating, carryout and catering options. (Courtesy Al Chile Taqueria)

Located at 16918 FM 2920, Tomball, Mexican eatery Al Chile Taqueria offers dine-in eating, carryout and catering options. (Courtesy Al Chile Taqueria)

Here are four businesses that have recently opened in Tomball and Magnolia.

Now open: Al Chile Taqueria now serving authentic Mexican food in Tomball

Mexican eatery Al Chile Taqueria opened in Tomball on Sept. 18 at 16918 FM 2920. The taqueria’s menu offers a variety of authentic Mexican food items, ranging from street tacos to tortas and grilled quesadillas. In addition to dine-in eating, Al Chile Taqueria also provides carryout and catering options. 832-559-7702. http://alchiletacos.com

Now open: Brenda Diaz Allstate Insurance agency now open in Magnolia

Allstate insurance agent Brenda Diaz opened an agency located at the Renaissance Center in Magnolia on Oct. 1. Located at 18535 FM 1488, Ste. 280, the agency offers insurance services such as auto, home and life insurance. 346-703-1700. https://agents.allstate.com/brenda-diaz-magnolia-tx.html


Now open: Tomball's Railroad Museum reopens Dec. 5

Tomball's Historic Depot Railroad Museum reopened Dec. 5 at 201 S. Elm St., Tomball, after being closed for months amid the coronavirus pandemic. Visitors are asked to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing, according to a Facebook post from the city. The museum offers free admission and features model trains, railroad memorabilia, artifacts and Christmas decorations. The museum will be open Dec. 12 and 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 281-351-5484. www.facebook.com/tomballtexanforfun

Now open: Chill Milkshake and Waffle Bar now open in Magnolia

Chill Milkshake and Waffle Bar celebrated the grand opening of its second location Dec. 10, according to business owner Kassie Boyd. Located at 6606 FM 1488, Ste. 110, Magnolia, the eatery specializes in milkshakes with flavors such as cotton candy, cookie dough and raspberry. In addition to milkshakes, Chill Milkshake and Waffle Bar's menu also offers a selection of dessert waffles and grilled cheese sandwiches. 936-242-1560. https://chillmilkshakeandwafflebar.com


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Fry's Electronics short circuits, calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics fizzles out due to market changes and the pandemic.

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ERCOT: Texas power system was less than 5 minutes from collapse during winter storm

ERCOT's CEO offered details into what lead to the massive blackouts that left millions of Texans in the cold last week.

Emerging technology and alternative energy sectors could help ease the blow of an oil and gas industry downturn in Houston caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a Houston-area economist said. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Greater Houston area could see economic relief from pandemic around mid-2021, economist says

Emerging technology and alternative-energy sectors could help ease the blow of the downturn in Houston's oil and gas industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Germann Road is being improved to major arterial standards between Mustang Road and Val Vista Drive. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
North Eldridge Parkway widening in Tomball to go out for bids in second quarter 2021

The project will also add traffic signals at Westlock Drive and Gregson Road.

Most of the electric grid in Texas is managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which is not linked to other national interconnected systems. (Courtesy Electric Reliability Council of Texas)
Harris County to begin exploring alternatives to Texas power grid at Feb. 26 meeting

Following the winter storm-induced statewide power outages last week that left thousands of Harris County residents without heat amid freezing temperatures, the Harris County Commissioners Court will begin exploring what it would take for Harris County to leave the state's power grid at its Feb. 26 meeting.

The mobile museum will offer interactive exhibits, short films, and stories about patriotism and military service. (Courtesy Wreaths Across America)
Wreaths Across America to host mobile exhibit in Tomball honoring vets Feb. 26

Tomball will be the first of seven stops the national mobile tour will make in Texas.

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough addressed his guilty plea in a Feb. 24 Facebook video. (Screenshot via Mark Keough Facebook)
Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough pleads guilty to DWI charge in September crash

According to a Feb. 24 court filing, Keough's plea bargain terms include fines and a three-month driver's license suspension.

Volunteers from the food bank distribute clean drinking water. (Courtesy Montgomery County Food Bank)
Montgomery County Food Bank aids over 6,500 during Winter Storm Uri

The food bank is in need of donations and volunteers following the winter storm.

Following a yearlong hiatus due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown officials are planning to reopen the Spring water park for the 2021 season May 1. (Courtesy Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown)
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown targets May 1 opening

2021 also marks the 60th anniversary of Six Flags Entertainment Corp.

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Local leaders have spoken out about what they believe went wrong and how they plan to prevent similar disasters in the future.

The Little Woodrow's Tomball location offers a full bar with Texas craft beers from Houston breweries such as Karbach Brewing Co. and Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (Courtesy Little Woodrow's)
Little Woodrow's bar and grill now open in Tomball

In addition to a full bar, the location offers daily drink specials, food items and an outdoor patio.