Highway 146 Expansion Map

10 Seabrook Restaurants Affected by Highway 146 Expansion

Highway 146 expansion threatens to close or relocate several Seabrook restaurants

Plans for the expansion of State Highway 146 in Seabrook have been in place since 2012 but construction isn’t set to begin until next year (2018). The project, expected to cost more than $200 million, is a welcome relief to many. The expansion promises to relieve the congested Seabrook/Kemah area of time robbing, parking lot like traffic on highway 146 at rush hour. Commuters have reported spending anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour a day, each way stuck in traffic just on the short 3 mile stretch of 146 in Seabrook.

The highway 146 expansion isn’t welcome news to all Seabrook residents however. While traffic may be lighter, many local restaurants and business will either have to pack up and move or close their doors for good. The new construction will cut right through the property of a few current businesses and knock on the front door of others. In all, expanding 146 will take away over 34 acres of commercial land from the Seabrook and Kemah area.

The City of Seabrook is working with local business owners to reduce the impact this project has on their businesses. According to the Chron, the city has allotted an $800,000 stabilization fund to help impacted businesses relocate or renovate their properties to accommodate for the change.

So who will be affected? Which of your favorite Seabrook eats may be closing, moving or renovating? Here are 10 that we know of so far with more sure to come once the beginning of construction nears.

Taco Bell x KFC

Already closed

Popeyes

Already closed

Neptunes Subs

Relocating within Seabrook

Waffle House

Sonic

McDonalds

Wild West BBQ

Mario’s

Tookies

Kauferhaus


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El Tiempo Webster

El Tiempo Webster Opening Late 2017

El Tiempo Webster to finally open doors after years of delays

Could Webster finally see the doors open to the highly anticipated El Tiempo Cantina located on I45? After over 4 years of waiting and wondering why such a prime location sits stagnant, Webster residents could be enjoying El Tiempo’s famous fare by the end of the year.

A series of lawsuits and legal back and forth has kept the cantina from opening its doors though a franchising deal was negotiated back in May of 2013. Now the grueling legal delays seem to have ended. As reported by Bizjournals, the lawsuits have been dismissed and on July 20th the Lorenzo family (owners of the El Tiempo chain) have announced a late 2017 opening.

The El Tiempo Webster location will be operated by the Lorenzo family, a deviation from the original plan for the latest edition to the Mexican food chain. Originally, a franchising agreement was reached between the Lorenzo’s and Liquid Gold Hospitality to allow Liquid Gold to operate the new location with the use of the El Tiempo marks, recipes, management style and other licensed items.

After initial delays in construction all renovations halted when the company that runs the El Tiempo chain, Domco Inc. terminated the license agreement. Domco alleged Liquid Gold had refused to pay invoices for construction work.

Liquid Gold then filed a counter lawsuit, claiming Domco breached the franchising contract. So the half renovated restaurant sat, empty, caught in a legal limbo, somberly waiting for the day the smells of delicious Tex-Mex wafted through its rooms.

That is until now. After a legal stalemate the parties have set aside their differences and decided to sign a joint dismissal of the lawsuits. The Lorenzo family has teamed up with Jason and David Felt to make the late 2017 opening a reality.

Stay tuned to the CRISP Blog for any updates or developments.


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Adventure Pointe - Texas City Theme Park Construction Underway

Texas City Theme Park, Adventure Pointe Could Open Soon

Harvey Slusky, Webster based Cardiologist and the brains behind new Texas City Theme Park, Adventure Pointe, told The Chron back in February the park could open in June. Here we are in June and while construction hasn’t quite met that schedule, thanks to a few May downpours, development is under way and could be completed soon.

Adventure Pointe, located in Texas City on I45 between the Tanger Outlets and the Lago-Mar neighborhood near Buccee’s will be a 25-acre, multi-themed amusement park. The park is the third of its kind planned in the Houston area since the downfall of Astroworld in 2005. The Texas City theme park will feature an iceless skating rink for year round skating, mini railroad, boardwalk, roller coasters and an amphitheater.

Though Harvey Slusky’s career is in medicine, his passion is in amusement parks. His cousins and brother run parks and his father, Louis Slusky, owned and operated Playland Park the predecessor to Astroworld.

Harvey Slucky Adventure Pointe Texas City Theme Park
Dr. Harvey Slucky and wife Lisa help out on the site. Photo courtesy of The Chron

A warehouse full of old trains from Playland Park inspired Slusky to reignite his love for amusement parks and bring something special to the South Houston area.
“I want people to come and explore their imagination – dress up like a pirate, enjoy the themed areas,” he told The Chron. “We want them to take in Main Street, which sort of hearkens back to vintage amusement parks.”

Adventure Pointe aims to spark imaginations with multiple themed areas like a vintage Main Street with old trains and a walk through pirate ship. The pirate zone will explore the area’s history of famous pirates like Jean Laffite. Roller coasters and traditional rides are planned to please the theme park purist.

The project is a welcome development to the city of Texas City.

“We’ve been following it from the economic development standpoint because it’s one of those unique features that doesn’t just serve local but will have a regional impact as well,” said Nick Finan, director of management services for Texas City’s economic development group. “It has the potential to draw travelers who are coming to this area for tourism, possibly headed to Galveston or are just here in the area themselves.”

Infrastructure work on the Texas City theme park began back in 2015 followed by site work last year. The city issued building permits in March for the first two major structures, according to Houston Biz Journal. Driving by the site you can see the progress being made.

It seems it’s only a matter of time before the Texas City theme park is open for business. Accompanied by the Spacewalk Amphitheater, (under construction on I45 in Webster) Adventure Pointe is part of an exciting wave of development sweeping the South Houston area.

adventure point texas city theme park logo


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El Tiempo Webster

Latest news on abandoned El Tiempo Cantina in Webster, Texas

Latest News on the abandoned El Tiempo Cantina in Webster, Texas

20237 N Interstate 45, formerly the Big Ben Tavern is a prime commercial location in the thriving Webster area. So why has the property been empty for the better part of the last 5 years?

Many looked forward to the proposed opening of an El Tiempo Cantina in this location, a staple well established in Houston’s obsession with fajitas and margaritas. Promised with a May 2015 opening, locals were let down and continue to drive past a potential Tex-Mex hotspot seemingly abandoned and dilapidated.

El Tiempo Webster was to be the first franchised location of Domco Inc’s El Tiempo chain. Liquid Gold Hospitality purchased the franchise license with intent to eventually open 18 of their own El Tiempo locations. So what happened to halt the opening of this highly anticipated cantina? Let’s start from the beginning, it gets juicy.

May 2013

The Galveston County Daily News releases plans for Houston Tex-Mex legend Maria Ninfa Rodriguez Laurenzo’s grandson, Domenic Lorenzo to open an El Tiempo in the former Big Ben Tavern, after renovations.

April 2014

After nearly a year of renovation construction, Domco Inc. terminates the license agreement after claims that Liquid Gold’s payments for renovations bounced, according to Connection’s Biz Buzz. Construction halts. Domco demands Liquid Gold return all trade dress and marks, including the El Tiempo sign which still hangs over the establishment. Liquid Gold refuses.

Liquid Gold claims they instructed Domco to hold the checks and wait to cash them until the renovations were inspected.

Anthony Buzbee told the Houston Chronicle, “We asked that [the checks] not be cashed until we could find out if the construction company—owned by the El Tiempo folks—had actually done the work they claimed. They hadn’t, the money wasn’t owed, and we did not fund the checks. They are using checks they were told not to cash because they didn’t do the work as some excuse to cancel the licensing agreement.”

September 2014

After a refused demand to settle the overdue renovation payments, Domco Inc files a lawsuit against Liquid Gold in federal court claiming the company violated the Lanham Act which governs trademarks and unfair competition, by refusing to return trademark property and continuing with plans to operate as El Tiempo even though the license was terminated by Domco. The lawsuit also pursued Liquid Gold for the payments owed for renovation construction which the franchise license demanded Liquid Gold pay for.

Domenic Lorenzo said this to The Chron in October 2014, “We are awaiting our day in court to stop the licensee from moving forward without our permission, which is what they want to do. That is something we cannot allow for good reasons.”

March 2015

Liquid Gold files a counter lawsuit against MKWW Construction, the construction leg of Domco, for $40million. Liquid Gold claims the April 2014 termination of the franchise agreement was breach of contract and also raises fraud allegations, claiming MKWW inflated construction invoices and claimed to perform renovations that were not completed. Anthony Buzbee states that MKWW ran over budget by nearly 500%.

“MKWW fraudulently induced EGL to pay invoices in an effort to direct EGL’s construction money in the Webster location to other construction sites, to pay debts of other companies that own other restaurants and to pay large outstanding loans,” the suit says.

February 2017

After little development the case is scheduled to begin court hearings.

Will El Tiempo Webster ever open in this prime location? Only time will tell. Stay tuned to the CRISP blog as we will keep you updated on any advancements in the ongoing lawsuit.


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SpaceWalk Development in Webster/League City/Clear Lake

SpaceWalk Webster - Mixed Use Business & Entertainment Park Development Underway

Webster, TX is an area known for its rapid development and exceptional businesses, services and entertainment. The heart of South Houston has yet another exciting development coming its way dubbed SpaceWalk. This space themed, mixed use facility will feature new office and medical buildings, a hotel, conference center, retail and dining and a 10,000 – 17,000 seat amphitheater.

SpaceWalk is a concept of Medistar Corp. A medical real estate development firm based in Houston credited with projects such as the PAM Bay Area Rehabilitation Hospital and Bay Area Regional Medical Center. In Summer 2015, Medistar bought 177 acres adjacent to I45 from Exxon Mobile to develop their next big concept, SpaceWalk, projected to cost over $500 million!

Located between Top Golf and Clear Creek, SpaceWalk would expand the NASA area into a unique South Houston entertainment destination, a space themed, fun experience for the whole family.

Phase one of SpaceWalk will include the hotel and conference center as well as the highly anticipated amphitheater. South Houston has lacked a solid outdoor venue for too long. Forcing South Siders to drive into town or further North to the Woodlands to catch big acts. SpaceWalk could be Webster’s answer to the North Side’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. With proposed seating capacity of 17,000, Webster may be getting a slightly larger outdoor arena than its neighbor to the North. There is no information as of yet on who will operate the venue so one can only speculate on the potential for drawing large touring acts.

No new details of the project have surfaced as of yet but according to the City of Webster’s 2017 Market Overview development is underway.

The potential is high for SpaceWalk to become a hub for quick expansion in the South Houston area.

The CRISP team will keep an eye on this exciting project and alert you of any updates. Stay tuned to the CRISP blog.

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