Pena's Donuts & Diner took a hard hit from Hurricane Harvey when the fledgling restaurant off Pearland Parkway received eight inches of rain, ruining much of the interior and equipment, and forcing owner Raymond Pena to shut its doors.
Despite the hardship, Pena, who has lived in Pearland for more than 30 years, wasn't ready to give up, but he knew he couldn't go it alone.
"We're known throughout the city of Houston and in Pearland for our doughnuts, and we consider ourselves to have some of the best doughnuts around," he said.
Pena's Donuts & Diner, established late last year, is Pena's third restaurant, following the opening of Donut Heaven.
He opened his first doughnut shop in 1996 in southeast Houston, but his exposure to the restaurant business came earlier. "My mom had a Shipley's doughnut franchise so that's how I learned about the doughnut business, and my dad was a very good chef with the Merchant Marines," he said.
Palatial inside and out and a treasured cultural landmark, the Ki Mo (translated “King of Its Kind) was built in 1927 as both a stage and motion picture theater.
The Ki Mo is a unique blend of Art Deco and Native American designs, with every detail having historical significance.
He has partnered with Aldo Salazar, and the men say they'll be ready to welcome customers in December.