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The Galveston County Daily News : Laura Elder's Buzz Blog

April 20, 2014

Laura Elder's Buzz Blog

Friday 04/18/2014
Old Nassau Bay building bites the dust
Updated: April 18, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Crews earlier this month demolished an old Nassau Bay building. A Valero gas station will rise in its place.

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Monday 04/07/2014
Don Julio's bids adios to League City
Updated: April 07, 2014 - 12:23 pm

An observant reader sent me a photo of an unsavory note that was taped to the former door of Tex-Mex purveyor Don Julio's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 1804 W. FM 646 in League City.

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Tuesday 03/25/2014
Baybrook Mall plans 555,000-square-foot expansion
Updated: March 25, 2014 - 3:20 pm

At a time when most regional malls are struggling to stay relevant, Baybrook Mall is planning to add 555,000 square feet to the 1.2-million-square-foot shopping center.

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Tuesday 03/18/2014
Pleasure Pier makes USA Today list
Updated: March 18, 2014 - 5:59 pm

The island got some positive national press this month.

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Friday 03/07/2014
The Fresh Market shakes up strategy
Updated: March 07, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Specialty grocer The Fresh Market is finding competition in the Houston-area market to be a bit bruising.

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Will local Radio Shacks get short-circuited?
Updated: March 07, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Should we put area Radio Shacks on the endangered species list?

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Wednesday 03/05/2014
How far would you go for free chicken?
Updated: March 05, 2014 - 11:37 am

I like camping. I really do. I like hiking all day, taking in beautiful scenery and setting up a tent in the evening.

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Thursday 02/20/2014
Which eight island eateries made Zagat's list?
Updated: February 20, 2014 - 10:03 am

Zagat, a national organization that offers restaurant guides and reviews based on user-generated content, has singled out seven island eateries and a bar that it says makes the trip to Galveston worth it. Click here to see the list.

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Wednesday 02/19/2014
Galveston among 'friendliest' small cities
Updated: February 19, 2014 - 5:54 pm

The island has been called a lot of things by national media — gritty, dusty, faded, just to name a few.

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Tuesday 02/18/2014
The truth about Biz Buzz and some rumors
Updated: February 18, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Thanks to everyone who called or emailed today about the absence of Biz Buzz in today’s issue.

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Friday 01/31/2014
Starbucks runneth over in League City
Posted: January 31, 2014 - 7:00 pm

League City got a double shot of new coffee shops this week, while losing an old one.

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Another day, another dollar store
Updated: January 31, 2014 - 12:24 pm

That long empty lot at 29th Street and Broadway on the island is soon to be home to a Family Dollar store.

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Tuesday 01/28/2014
Comcast is working, but I'm knocking on wood
Posted: January 28, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Since I’ve been ranting about Comcast issues, I thought I would offer an update in the spirit of fairness.

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Friday 01/24/2014
Update: Is life possible without cable TV?
Updated: January 25, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Update: I promised the Comcast customer service rep I spoke to today that I would continue to blog about my cable problem until I didn't have a problem anymore. And I like to keep my promises.

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Thursday 01/23/2014
H-E-B's mid-county crisis; Aldi shops for Palmer site
Updated: January 23, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Readers are ringing up all kinds of supermarket speculation about grocer H-E-B and its plans in mid-county cities La Marque and Texas City.

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Monday 01/20/2014
Is Gander Mountain giving market a second look?
Updated: January 20, 2014 - 6:49 pm

Longtime Biz Buzz followers might remember about 10 years ago when Gander Mountain axed plans to open a store at Baybrook Gateway Shopping Center, on the southeast quadrant of Interstate 45 and West Bay Area Boulevard.

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Wednesday 01/15/2014
Any brand loyalty left for gas stations?
Updated: January 15, 2014 - 5:30 pm

Some of you have been asking about all that construction work at 6101 Broadway on the island. I’ve done some snooping and learned it’s for a Texaco filling station.

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Monday 01/13/2014
Isle's La Estacion reopens after brief closure
Posted: January 13, 2014 - 7:00 pm

When I arrived in Galveston nearly 12 years ago, one of the first restaurants my husband dragged me to was La Estacion downtown. He had worked on the island more than a year before I did and was a big fan.

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Monday 01/06/2014
The Smoke Ring gets roomier
Posted: January 06, 2014 - 5:35 pm

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. Around this time, buzz gets quiet — too quiet. But it’s starting to pick up again and just from general conversations with sources, it sounds like development and business is going to be as strong across the county and Clear Lake area as it was last year.

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Friday 12/20/2013
And so once again, the Airing of the Grievances
Updated: December 20, 2013 - 10:33 am

It’s the time of year when most of us count our blessings as we gather with family and friends. But it’s also important to take the time to tell everyone the ways they disappointed you in the past year. That’s right, it’s almost Festivus, a nondenominational holiday celebrated on Dec. 23.

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Monday 12/16/2013
Help solve the Mooyah mystery
Posted: December 16, 2013 - 5:58 pm

I was wondering whether any readers out there knew what happened to Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes at 300 W. Bay Area Blvd.

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Wednesday 12/11/2013
Sonny's Place returns after five-month hiatus
Posted: December 11, 2013 - 3:39 pm

After a five-month absence, the grill is going again at popular island eatery Sonny’s Place, 1206 19th St.

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Wednesday 12/04/2013
Travelers make island a rising destination
Posted: December 04, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Galveston’s star is rising.

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Monday 12/02/2013
Grocer gossip: Randalls subject of sale speculation
Updated: December 02, 2013 - 6:48 pm

Is anyone else keeping up with all the supermarket speculation surrounding Randalls, which operates stores in Galveston and League City?

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Monday 11/25/2013
Walmart food drive leaves a bad taste for some
Updated: November 25, 2013 - 2:35 pm

You wouldn’t think a Thanksgiving food drive would be controversial.

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Tuesday 11/19/2013
Plans go cold for Thai eatery on isle
Posted: November 19, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Plans to bring a Thai restaurant to the island's downtown have gone cold.

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Monday 11/18/2013
Hartz Chicken spreads wings in Texas City
Posted: November 18, 2013 - 3:58 pm

Hartz Chicken Buffet opened today in Texas City and by all accounts was well received.

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Monday 11/04/2013
Dunkin' Donuts to open its first area shop
Posted: November 04, 2013 - 5:54 pm

Dunkin’ Donuts is planning a League City location, which would mark a first for the county.

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Thursday 10/24/2013
Fresh news on fate of Flamingo Bar and Grill
Updated: October 29, 2013 - 6:00 pm

There’s fresh news on the fate of Flamingo Bar and Grill, 6028 Heards Lane on the island.

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Wednesday 10/23/2013
Taqueria is a first for Kemah
Updated: October 25, 2013 - 3:52 pm

It’s hard to imagine any city in Texas without a taqueria. It’s like a French city without a patisserie. 

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Friday 10/18/2013
Trattoria La Vigna opens in island's downtown
Updated: October 18, 2013 - 4:58 pm

As promised, Sal and Pina Ruggieri have officially opened the authentic Italian eatery Trattoria La Vigna, 420 20th St. in the island's downtown. 

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Friday 10/11/2013
Free yoga, hotel discounts for furloughed
Updated: October 11, 2013 - 5:22 pm

Being furloughed is stressful. You don’t know when you’ll resume work or see a paycheck again.

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Thursday 10/10/2013
Aldi delays Kemah store opening
Updated: October 10, 2013 - 11:25 am

Discount grocer Aldi is delaying its ribbon-cutting ceremony and opening date of its Kemah store.

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Friday 10/04/2013
Popular food chains biting into market
Updated: October 04, 2013 - 3:47 pm

Two popular food concepts are setting the table for Clear Lake area eateries, while another is rumored to be scouting an island site.

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Wednesday 10/02/2013
Haak Vineyards & Winery to offer farm-to-table meals
Posted: October 02, 2013 - 5:38 pm

The “eat local” movement continues to gain momentum in the county. (Click here for an April article in Coast Magazine about the locavore trend.)

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Monday 09/30/2013
Los Molcas opens to rave reviews
Updated: September 30, 2013 - 2:55 pm

It’s been quiet on the food front lately. And I've been distracted with other assignments. So, it was nice to hear from a reader who tipped me off to a new island eatery.

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Monday 09/16/2013
Flamingo returns as a casual concept
Updated: September 16, 2013 - 5:45 pm

As promised, Flamingo Bar and Grill has opened, replacing the more upscale Flamingo Steak and Seafood, 6028 Heards Lane on the island.

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Monday 09/09/2013
Is Aggieland burger concept headed this way?
Updated: September 09, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Yet another gourmet burger joint is rumored to be biting into an already crowded market.

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Friday 08/30/2013
Island Vaporium isn't blowing smoke
Posted: August 30, 2013 - 3:15 pm

This is why I’m not rich. A decade ago, when e-cigarettes were invented, I didn’t think they had much of a future. I thought it would be sort of like nonalcoholic beer or that faux fat Olean, used in the Olestra potato chips.

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Tuesday 08/27/2013
Monster PBJ truck rolls into Clear Lake area
Updated: August 27, 2013 - 9:44 am

Do any of you NASA-area and north county residents have lunch plans?

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Monday 08/26/2013
Flamingo to return as breastaurant rumors fly
Updated: August 26, 2013 - 1:54 pm

The closure of island eatery Flamingo Steak and Seafood has caused quite a stir.

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Friday 08/23/2013
A Nordstrom near us?
Updated: August 23, 2013 - 11:55 am

For years, some retail-loving readers have wondered when a Nordstrom department store would ever make its way to these parts. It’s finally happened — sort of.

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Friday 08/16/2013
Local small businesses have chance to win Super Bowl ad
Updated: August 16, 2013 - 4:33 pm

Buying airtime during the Super Bowl doesn’t come cheap. The average price for a 30-second commercial during football’s biggest game is $3.8 million, according to cbsnews.com. That means local mom and pops are essentially shut out.

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Wednesday 08/14/2013
Will Denny's do-over be a grand slam?
Updated: August 20, 2013 - 7:03 am

Denny’s in Friendswood on Thursday (Aug. 15) is showing off its new design and “reinvigorated” menu by offering giveaways, including free Grand Slam breakfasts to the first 100 diners through the door.

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Wednesday 08/07/2013
Sunflower lease rumors are half-baked
Updated: August 07, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Speculation has simmered all week about popular East End island eatery The Sunflower Bakery & Cafe, 512 14th St.

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Monday 08/05/2013
Turn of fortune for Texas City eatery
Updated: August 05, 2013 - 6:00 pm

Several readers have called or emailed to inquire about the circumstances surrounding the chains and padlocks at longtime Texas City eatery Fortune Chinese Restaurant, 3118 Palmer Highway.

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Thursday 08/01/2013
Buzz blooper on Hustle & Muscle event
Updated: August 01, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Let’s try this again.

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Friday 07/26/2013
Share your thoughts, memories of George P. Mitchell
Updated: August 22, 2013 - 5:15 am

One of the island’s most famous sons — George P. Mitchell — died today.

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Friday 07/12/2013
AT&T wireless service outage resolved
Updated: July 14, 2013 - 10:56 pm

AT&T wireless customers all over the county were reporting service problems this morning. The issue appears to be resolved, company officials say.

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Shanghai Chinese opens in Santa Fe
Updated: July 12, 2013 - 11:18 am

Who’s in the mood for Chinese? Sai Lama is planning an 11 a.m. grand opening today of Shanghai Chinese, 12995 state Highway 6 in Santa Fe.

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