Room service: League City is about to get more hospitable. Look for a 150-room boutique hotel to rise in the River Bend development off Wesley Drive east of Interstate 45 and north of FM 518.
Aloft Hotel, and the second phase of multifamily development are in the review and permitting phases, city officials confirm.
And a new restaurant and amphitheater are on the way too, said Mark Humphreys, a renowned architect and CEO of the project’s development firm, Atticus Real Estate.
Humphreys expects construction of Aloft Hotel to be complete by the end of 2020, he said.
Meanwhile, construction is soon to begin on restaurant the Spotted Trout, which will overlook the marina at River Bend and serve American cuisine, including steaks, burgers and salads, Humphreys said. Atticus Hospitality will own and manage the restaurant, he said. More restaurants are on the burner for the River Bend development, Humphreys said.
Also soon to rise is an outdoor amphitheater that will seat about 1,000 people but accommodate several thousand more. The theater will be the site of concerts and other events, including conferences, he said.
Meanwhile, the 300-unit second phase of luxury apartments soon to rise will be called River View at River Bend and was inspired by the success of the first phase, which was the 203-unit Marina Bend at Clear Creek.
When built out, River Bend also will feature retail, offices and townhouses raised on piers, Humphreys said. Stay tuned.
Rock me Ancora: Kemah’s getting more entertaining. At press time, Ancora was planning to open about Labor Day weekend at 700 Kipp Ave. in the site previously occupied by Amadeus Italian Restaurant and Piano Bar.
“This is huge news for the crowd that used to go to Amadeus all the time,” reports League City resident Liz Davis, who also happens to design this publication. Ancora promised to offer live music and a similar menu to Amadeus.
Tavern tattle: Meanwhile, rumor has it that a craft beer bar/restaurant plans to move into the building formerly occupied by Stuttgarden Tavern, 609 Bradford Ave. in Kemah. Details were scarce, but word has it the new concept is called The Republic House. Stay tuned.
Pet project: Boarding and grooming services for dogs is big business, and that’s apparent with the area franchises bounding into the market to meet demand.
The latest is Dogtopia, a dog daycare, boarding and spa facility that recently opened at 310 Genesis Blvd. in Webster, marking the third in the Houston area.
Entrepreneurs and husband-and-wife-team Robert and Jessica Carnes own the League City Dogtopia franchise.
U.S. pet owners spend about $6 billion a year on their pampered pooches for boarding and grooming services, according to industry reports.
Barnbuster: Fans of Pottery Barn are buzzing about the retail chain’s new, 36,000-square-foot outlet store in Baybrook Village, 1529 Bay Area Blvd. Pottery Barn, which has moved into the former Sports Authority space, offers upscale home furnishing. San Francisco-based Pottery Barn, a subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma, got its start in 1949 in Chelsea, New York, by selling slightly imperfect pottery and tabletop closeouts, evolving into high-end furnishings.
Pottery Barn in June opened an outlet store in Arlington, Texas. Until then, its only other Pottery Barn outlet store was in San Marcos.