We are thrilled to welcome back the sunshine and warmer weather after a long, chilly winter in Galveston. With the return of spring, there are several new businesses opening in historic downtown Galveston. Make sure to put them on your list for your next visit.
New dining and nightlight options:
Pelican Joe’s BBQ, Beer and Crabs, 2217 Strand, opened in November on the second floor of Old Galveston Square. The restaurant serves brisket, pulled-pork, ribs, smoked chicken wings and turkey legs. The menu also includes Cajun style steamed seafood, salads and Texas-sized baked potatoes loaded with any toppings of your choice. Desserts include fried Oreos and fried Twinkies.
Sharkey’s Tavern, 504 25th Street, opened in November. The Tavern offers live music, a variety of beer and brick oven pizza. Next door to Sharkey’s is the newly opened Devil and Deep Brewery. The brewery currently offers six different style brews and have plans to expand to ten in the near future. While they don’t offer food, they encourage patrons to bring food or have it delivered from neighboring restaurants such as Sharkey’s.
Shark Shack Restaurant, 2402 Strand, is opening mid to late May. The restaurant is offering seafood, burgers and booze. Owner Allen Flores describes it to be a “lively restaurant” with daily happy hour specials from 2 to 6 p.m. In the evenings on weekends, it will transition into a fun nightlife spot.
Stuttgarden Tavern is moving to a new location, 111 23rd Street, and also opening in late May. This building formerly housed Fuddruckers which closed last year. Stuttgarden will offer counter food service and a Sweetgarden (gelato and dessert bar) on the first floor, a German beer hall serving 50 German and American craft beers on the second floor and a rooftop beer garden on the third floor. The owners plan to open a new concept at its former location, 2110 Strand.
New activities and businesses downtown:
The Kitchen Chick moved to its newly renovated 10,000 sq. ft. location at 2402 Market in February. This popular shop has expanded its retail offerings and can now host cooking classes for up to 30 people.
For poker players a Vault Poker Club, 2002 Strand, opened late last year. Vault Poker Club is Galveston’s only legal, rake free, membership poker club and offers daily tournaments and cash tables.
The newly opened A Holistic Solution, 2002 Strand, specializes in frequency infused products that offer Electro-Magnetic Field therapy. Options include anklets, bracelets, chains, earrings, money clips, necklaces, pendants and rings.
The Vinyl Radio Skate Shop, 2606 Church Street, opened recently as well. The shop offers LPs, skateboarding gear, Doc Martens®, comic books and retro games along with shirts and backpacks.
For the antique enthusiasts, Antiques Amour, 2124 Winne, opened and offers antiques, home décor, paintings, jewelry and other vintage items.
Coming soon is Galveston Escape Room opening at 2614 Market Street. This is the second escape room concept in Galveston; Escape the Island, 910 21st Street, opened last year.
The newest gallery to open in downtown Galveston is Studio 84, 2315 Mechanic. The gallery is located across the street from The Tremont House and Betsy by Design, 2415 Mechanic, moved to its new location in September. They feature gifts, stationery, greeting cards, art and more. Also, look for Emboldened Elegance Boutique, 2211 Strand, and Relax LifeWear, 2418 Strand Suite C during your next shopping spree.
A majority of Galveston’s downtown businesses are locally owned and operated. We hope you’ll find new favorite stops during your next visit.
Where to Stay:
• For a beach view with history, stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa. The hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to transport hotel guests downtown.
• For a stay in The Historic Strand District, book your stay at The Tremont House.
• Or if you want to enjoy of view of the harbor, consider Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.