Bill's Bar & Burger

Bill’s Bar & Burger of New York made its Texas debut at the Kemah Boardwalk. The new waterfront restaurant marks the seventh location to open nationwide, joining sister properties in New York, Pittsburgh, Lake Charles, Chicago and Atlantic City.

Milk-shaking it up: A popular New York gourmet burger chain has entered the hotly competitive Texas market by opening at the Kemah Boardwalk.

The waterfront restaurant marks the seventh location nationwide for Bill’s Bar & Burger, joining sister properties in New York, Pittsburgh, Lake Charles, Chicago and Atlantic City.

The popular restaurant first opened in 2009 at Rockefeller Center in New York City — the largest standalone burger joint in the country.

Aside from the burgers, offerings include craft beers, cocktails, milkshakes and more.

Bear tracks: Representatives of Black Bear Diner apparently are hibernating, but League City officials confirm the Redding, California-based restaurant chain has secured permits to work on its restaurant at Pinnacle Park, Interstate 45 and Big League Dreams Parkway in League City.

Word has it that Black Bear Diner will open sometime in the fall. Landlord Pinnacle Alliance Fund did not return phone calls by deadline.

Known for serving sizable portions of such fare as chicken fried steak, meatloaf, pot roast, pies and more, Black Bear Diner is moving into the space formerly occupied by Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery. Stay tuned.

Mailbag: A reader asked: “What is all the construction on FM 518 and Lawrence Road at the League City-Kemah line? Is this another subdivision going up?”

Answer: League City officials report the activity is grading/fill and a detention pond.

“We do not have any specific plans for what will eventually be there,” League City Planning and Development Director David Hoover said. Stay tuned.

Coming clean: An inquiring reader wants to know exactly what kind of car wash is being built at state Highway 96 and Interstate 45 across from Shipley Do-Nuts in League City.

City officials report it’s a Spout Car Wash, 1508 W. League City Parkway. Spout Car Wash will feature a tunnel car wash system. Such systems use a conveyor to move vehicles through a series of fixed cleaning mechanisms.

Spout Car Wash has one location in Houston, and another underway in that city. The League City location will mark the company’s third, a representative for the owners said. No word on an opening date. Stay tuned.

Tower tattle: Crews have broken ground on a 12,000-square-foot events center at 3881 state Highway 96 E. in League City.

Michele Patterson is behind the development, called Villagio Tower Event Venue.

Although Michele Patterson is the principal owner of the venue, it’s a family affair. She and her husband, Dr. Brent Patterson, are developing the venue on property where they also own League City Family Dentistry. The venue is rising where there was available lease space at the center, Brent Patterson said.

The venue will include two ballrooms, one of which will feature a chapel for weddings, and a partially outdoor courtyard, he said.

Because most people booking event venues prefer to bring in their own caterers, Villagio Tower Event Venue won’t include a kitchen.

“There’s a need for this in this area,” he said.

The Pattersons hope to unveil the venue center by the busy holiday season, he said.

 Laura Elder: 409-683-5248;

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