The new development taking shape in Kingwood, Kings Harbor, will soon be opening the first of many businesses to come. Located just south of the bridge between Kingwood and Atascocita and right on the water, the $100-million venue is expected to attract visitors from throughout the area and beyond. Kemah has nothing on Kingwood, as what was once just dry brush with a few trees on the north side of the San Jacinto River will now be an attraction to gather, dine and walk along the river. The round portion of the building that drivers see when driving north over the bridge is the future home of Johnny Rockets. Sparky Nolan, president of the Kingwood Chamber of Commerce, has been involved with and promoting the project since its inception. He toured the site last week with Jeff Kowalski, project manager of The Brownstones, currently under construction at Kings Harbor. The Brownstones are progressing quickly and the sales trailer is on the site and open to future homeowners. The Regent Square Brownstones, 35 homes in all, will offer luxury homes “reminiscent of the finest urban neighborhoods in New York, Chicago and Boston,” as described in their sales brochure. The units will be four-stories with two or three bedrooms, ranging in price from $385,000 to$485,000.All of the homes will come with beautiful views and with the finest features, homeowners might feel like they have truly settled in the “lap of luxury.” Garden-style apartments and town homes will also be a part of the residential component. The apartments that are already on the property, built before the plans for Kings Harbor, were also purchased by the developer. The Midway Companies, the developer, announced last week that the first restaurants will include Chimichurris, an upscale South American grill; Johnny Rockets, a '50s-style diner; Raffa's, an American Bistro; Zammitti's Cafe Italiano; and Two Gems Ice Cream Parlor, along with retailer Imagine That. Johnny Rockets boasts some of the best hamburgers and shakes to be found and the atmosphere is frolicsome, with the wait staff adding to the ambience by stopping to dance when certain songs are played. The round portion of the building that drivers see when driving north over the bridge is the future home of Johnny Rockets. Raffa's is the product of Amedeo's owner, Tony Raffa, of Kingwood. The restaurant is expected to open in late June to early July and will offer guests some of the favorites they have come to love, as well as many new dishes with an expansive menu, two patios and private wine lockers, all with a magnificent view of the water. Chicago Title and Joseph Chris Partners will be moving in early next month. The retail and restaurant components of Kings Harbor will be on the first floors and the offices are on the second floors. Visitors can expect to park in either the covered parking garage or in other, ground-level parking spaces. Sidewalks meander the entire pedestrian-friendly development. More than 60 trees have already been planted, with many more to come. The slogan, “Live. Work. Shop. Play.,” will be evident throughout the venue, as people will be able to stroll, dine, work, exercise, enjoy the synchronized fountain, or just cycle over and enjoy the sunset with a drink or an ice cream. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Photo: Jeff Kowalski and Sparky Nolan are already enjoying the view at Kings Harbor. Photo by Patsy Oliver

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