TEXAS ECONOMY ADDS 34,700 JOBS IN MAY
The Texas economy added 34,700 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in May, which marked 23 consecutive months of employment growth, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Over the year, Texas added 352,100 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 2.9 percent. Private-sector employers added 34,300 positions over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in May, unchanged from April 2018.
LEMONSHARK POKÉ COMING TO HUMBLE
LemonShark, the poké restaurant’s first location in Houston, is coming to Humble. The 2,250-square-foot restaurant with a patio is at Westlake Marketplace, located at the northwest corner of the Sam Houston Tollway and W. Lake Houston Pkwy. LemonShark Poké serves locally sourced and crafted poké. While other poké competitors are best known for grab-n-go, LemonShark Poké is breaking this mold. The restaurant is an inviting, modern space decorated in Japanese minimalist style that offers plenty of seating. In addition to fresh food, there is a self-serve beer tap and a full saké menu.
EMCID INKS DEALWITH OLIVE GARDEN
The East Montgomery County Improvement District agreed to provide financial incentives to Darden Restaurants, Inc., to help attract an Olive Garden Restaurant to the Valley Ranch Town Center in New Caney. Darden is proposing to invest more than $4 million to build a more than 7,700-square-foot restaurant along Interstate 69/U.S. Highway 59 and hire nearly 100 full- and part-time employees. For building the restaurant and hiring and maintaining at least 51 percent of its employees from within its boundaries, the district will refund 25 percent of sales taxes back to Darden for three years. As part of the agreement, Olive Garden will donate its food surplus – food that isn’t served to guests – to local nonprofit organizations that serve the East Montgomery County community and local churches.
SMALLCAKES CUPCAKERYAND CREAMERY COMING TO FALL CREEK
Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery will be located at 9739 N. Sam Houston Pkwy, Suite 190, next to the new Chicken Shack in front of ShowBiz Cinemas.