By KAROLYN GEPHART
Ground will be broken soon for the new 63,400 sq. foot four-story building in downtown Friendswood. Developer Louis Tannos is a local business owner and resident of the city. The new building will be at 505 S. Friendswood Drive.
The site plan was recently approved by Planning and Zoning. The new building will feature retail and restaurants on the ground floor and office space on the upper floors.
According to Economic Development Coordinator Karen Capps, 60 percent of the building has already been preleased and it is anticipated the $10 million project will be a future address for national tenants who could have more than 200 employees.
“The City is excited about development, in various stages, going on all over Friendswood, especially downtown. For example, on Friendswood Drive between the Pearland border and Cowards Creek, there is under construction or newly opened office buildings, financial centers, retail establishments, restaurants, and senior living communities,” Capps said.
Also new to downtown are Jado’z Grill House and Between Us Tearoom.
“Just a few blocks away, Mr. Tannos has constructed new buildings at 802 and 804 South Friendswood Drive which will house Jado’z Grill House and the Between Us Tea Room. Those two new restaurants will serve the people working in the nearby retail spaces and offices, as well as everyone in the community,” Capps said.
Jado’z Grill hopes to open in April with owners Jad and his father, Mazen Zeidan, owner of Mediterranean Chef at the Galveston Strand area.
The restaurant’s cuisine will be American and seafood contemporary and will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday hours will be 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a Sunday Brunch.
Between Us Tea Room is scheduled to open in May and will be owned by Karen Holbook and her daughter, Sasha Simpson, both of Friendswood and her sister, Renita Bayliss, of League City.
The atmosphere will be a British style tea room and along with typical types of tea room fare will also be daily specialty entrees, wine, craft beer, appetizers, tapas, homemade desserts and a retail boutique of local vendors’ items. Their hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. until 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For more information go to http://www.betweenustearoom.com/.