Fresh garlic knots and homemade pasta will spice up the Centré at Northpark shopping center as Italiano’s plans to open its fourth location in East Montgomery County.
The Board of Directors of the East Montgomery County Improvement District approved an incentive agreement at its July 18 meeting that helped make the decision for the owners to open the new restaurant a little easier. The shopping center Italiano’s will call home is currently under development along Northpark Drive, east of Christian Brothers Automotive and Dairy Queen.
“We’ve been trying to get Italiano’s to move north for quite a while, so this is really exciting for us as well as East Montgomery County diners,” said Frank McCrady, EMCID President and CEO. “Italiano’s is well known for quality food and great service. We can’t wait for them to open.”
Co-owners Susie Kumbara and Al Sadiku opened their first Italiano’s Restaurant in Humble approximately 19 years ago after moving to the area from Brooklyn. Known for their traditional “old country” pasta dishes, pizzas and other specialties, Italiano’s continues to be a family-run business with locations in Humble, Atascocita and Pearland.
The new restaurant in EMC will include a more modern concept and décor, like the location in Pearland, but will have the same food staples such as the famous garlic knots that people have come to love with the restaurant.
They hope to open the Northpark Drive location by the end of the year.
In addition to Italiano’s, La Huerta Bar & Grill, Alpha Omega Gymnastics and Dance, the Alphabet Zone Daycare, and Center Stage Gallery — a place where guests can sip wine and paint — will also call the Centré at Northpark home. Brazos Management & Leasing is the developer.