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Burger King's parent company to buy Popeye's

Restaurant Brands International Inc.  and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc.  announced Tuesday, Feb. 21 that the companies have reached an agreement for RBI to acquire Popeyes for $79.00 per share in cash, or $1.8 billion.

The acquisition of Popeyes will add a successful, highly-regarded brand with strong customer loyalty to RBI, one of the largest global quick service restaurant companies with two of the world's most iconic QSR brands – BURGER KING® and TIM HORTONS®.

LU to host Panama Canal CEO Quijano on worldwide impact of canal expansion Feb. 24

Lamar University’s Center for Advances in Port Management will host Jorge Quijano, administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, who will speak on the “Development and Operation of the Newly Expanded Panama Canal and Vision for Its Future” at 2 p.m. Friday, February 24, in Room 113 of the Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship.


Beaumont Public Schools Foundation receives donation from BBVA Compass

Will Leonard, BBVA Compass city president, recently presented Sal Guerrero, president of the Beaumont Public Schools Foundation, Inc. (BPSF) a financial donation of $10,000. The BVAA Compass contribution will be used to fund the BPSF grants program. The BPSF awards educational classroom grants each semester to staff and students in the Beaumont Independent School District to enhance teaching and learning.

Long-time favorite Parkdale Mall hangout returns

An old Parkdale Mall favorite hangout is back — and bigger and better than ever.

Rockin' your taste buds

Butch Arsement has been rockin’ the taste buds of Southeast Texans for more than 15 years with his country cookin’ with a Cajun flare.
Arsement keeps it interesting at his restaurant, Rockin’ A Cafe on West Cardinal Drive, which offers different entrées to choose from daily on the steam table.
“I’ve just always enjoyed cooking. … We’ve got a lot of kin that have restaurants in Louisiana,” Arsement said. “This is more Cajun-style. Louisiana does a lot of steam tables in their grocery stores.”

Chipotle opening in Beaumont's West End

Chipotle fans will be happy to hear that a new location is opening at Westfield/Kroger Shopping Center in Beaumont.
According to Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. Communications Director Chris Arnold, the restaurant is slated to open in late March and will employ around 25 people.

Love’s Travel Stop opening in Beaumont this summer

Love’s Travel Stop will be bringing its brand of “highway hospitality” to four-wheel motorists and professional drivers alike with a new location near the Goodyear Plant just outside of Beaumont.
The 13,000-square-foot travel stop will be located on the westbound side of I-10 at Smith Road exit and is projected to open in late summer, according to Ryan Welton, external communications manager for Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores. Construction began in October 2016.

Ray Perryman's Economic forecast for Texas’ smaller areas

By 2021, I am projecting that the 19 smaller Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) will add a total of about 215,000 net new jobs to the state. The growth rates over the period, which spans the 2016 to 2021 time horizon, will vary markedly. Some areas will outpace the state rate of expansion, while others will grow more slowly.

Land Cmr. George P. Bush applauds creation of Select Committee on Texas Ports, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Land Commissioner George P. Bush released the following statement Monday, Feb. 13, relating to Texas House Speaker Joe Straus' appointment of 11 House Members to the newly created Select Committee on Texas Ports, Innovation, and Infrastructure:

Jefferson County judge will run as Republican

Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick sent an email out Wednesday, Feb. 8 announcing that he was changing political parties from Democrat to Republican and his reasons for doing so. The letter in its entirety reads:

"I originally wrote this letter in October, but at the request of a friend, delayed sending it for 90 days.  It is now shorter than it was originally.