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Chicago based What if the union will bring two new restaurants to Houston at Texas Tower, a 47-story downtown office building developed by Hines and Ivanhoé Cambridge at 845 Texas Ave. The restaurant group has signed leases for more than 8,400 square feet of retail space. Etta, a neighborhood wood-fired restaurant run by What If Syndicate partner and two-Michelin-starred chef Danny Grant, will occupy 6,410 square feet for its fifth location. The opening is scheduled for February. A second restaurant, which has yet to be announced, will occupy 2,000 square feet in the pavilion area. Scheduled to open in late 2021, Texas Tower will offer a hospitality-inspired lobby with lounges, a library, and a full-service conference room.

Candytopia, a candy experience designed to transport guests of all ages into their childhood imaginations, will return to Houston with a 20,000 square foot facility at the CityCentre on July 2. Youtopia Entertainment’s interactive pop-up will occupy more than a dozen rooms and environments with various candy themes. CityCentre is a Houston-based Midway development at 822 Town and Country Blvd.

Layne’s Chicken Fingers, a College Station-based restaurant marks its debut in Houston with a 2,400 square foot location at 23703 Cinco Ranch Blvd. to Katy. Franchisee Masroor Fatany operates the new outpost. Fatany also owns and operates six Halal Guys locations in Houston.

Lighthouse for children will open an early childhood education center at the 1920 East League City Parkway in the Tuscan Lakes community of League City at the end of June. Franchisees Kayla and Michael Dority will own and operate the center, which serves families with children from six weeks to 12 years old.

Insurance is expanding in the Houston market. Jorge Balderas opens Brightway, The Balderas Agency at Vintage Creek Center at 23919 Gosling Road in the spring. The agency offers home, flood, auto, life, umbrella and other insurance policies.

Orthosmiles leased 2,100 square feet in stores in Rock Creek, Spring Cypress and Grand Roads, Cypress, from NewQuest Properties. Andrew Alvis of NewQuest Properties represented the owner. Trey Hargrave of Dental Space Advisors represented the tenant.

Mardi Gras leased 1,940 square feet at Dunvale Center, 8350 Westheimer, from Edge Realty Partners. Andrew Alvis of NewQuest Properties represented the tenant. Kathy King of Edge Realty Partners represented the owner.

T Mobile leased 2,508 square feet in the Cleveland Mall, 429 W. Southline, Cleveland. Kevin Sims and Nick Ramsey of NewQuest Properties represented the owner, F6 Properties. Jeff Scarborough and Chase Scarborough of Scarborough Real Estate represented the tenant.

Cellular geeks leased 1,216 square feet in downtown Sam Houston, on the northwest corner of Interstate 45 and FM 1097 in Willis, from NewQuest Properties. Kevin Sims of NewQuest Properties represented the owner.

Howard Hughes Corp. has announced new tenants on the ground floor of two of its mid-rise apartment developments at Hughes Landing in the Woodlands. Roots Dental Studio will be located at Two Lakes Edge, a new eight story property overlooking Lake Woodlands. pretty kitty will occupy space in One Lakes Edge.


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