Around Deer Park: ‘Texas Treasure’ formally opens

By Robert Avery, Staff writer

Updated

2:05 pm CDT, Friday, May 22, 2020

You can now get Whataburger favorites in Deer Park after the opening this month of one of the restaurants at 609 Center St.

You can now get Whataburger favorites in Deer Park after the opening this month of one of the restaurants at 609 Center St.

Photo: Mike Sutter / Staff

Photo: Mike Sutter / Staff

You can now get Whataburger favorites in Deer Park after the opening this month of one of the restaurants at 609 Center St.

You can now get Whataburger favorites in Deer Park after the opening this month of one of the restaurants at 609 Center St.

Photo: Mike Sutter / Staff

Around Deer Park: ‘Texas Treasure’ formally opens

Welcome to “Around Deer Park,” a column written by veteran journalist Robert Avery that covers news and events from the community.

OK, Deer Park’s restaurant scene is at long last complete.

On May 13, the city welcomed its first-ever Whataburger. The restaurant chain, dubbed in 2001 by the 77th Texas legislature as a “Texas Treasure,” formally opened at 609 Center St.

With its bright orange-and-white exterior, folks can’t miss seeing it. Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Deer Park residents still must wait a little while longer to get a peek inside the brand-new restaurant.

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It is offering curbside service and two lanes for drive-through service.

Two months shy of Whataburger celebrating its 70th anniversary on Aug. 8, the opening of the Deer Park restaurant now gives the chain an estimated 800-plus restaurants across Southern states. But obviously the majority of the 800 restaurants are in Texas.

One can only imagine what kind of business our new Whataburger might be doing on a Friday night if home football games occur this fall at Clyde Abshier Stadium.

In other news around Deer Park:

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, A New Dawn Pet Adoption Center, 202 W San Augustine, will only allow viewing of pets by appointment at the moment. Those looking to add a four-legged member to their family may call or email New Dawn, a non-profit organization.

The group’s email address is newdawnpet@comcast.net.

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After the organization celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2019, averaging 100 successful adoptions per year, the all-volunteer staff will be looking to increase that number in 2020. New Dawn is unique in that the dogs up for adoption are not placed in cages but in their own rooms, complete with bed, blanket and toys.

 The Deer Park Girls Softball Association has announced that the remainder of its season for its recreational teams have been canceled. Typically, the league would have started all-star tournament play about Mother’s Day, but it has sadly been shut down.

However, there is a board meeting scheduled for Sunday, May 31 to determine how to move forward in a safe manner with the league’s elite, year-round division of teams.

The meeting will also touch upon the subject of what the league’s plans are for its fall season, when hopefully, things are looking brighter.

 The Plemons Insurance Agency recently ran a humorous message on its video board. It read: “Plague, murder hornets, if ever there was a time for flood insurance….Just sayin’”

This column is open for anyone to share news of all sorts, no matter how trivial. I really could use your assistance. So, by all means drop me a note at ravery@hcnonline.com.


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