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Kings Harbor suffers from debris received from massive storm

May 9, 2019

Kings Harbor, a well-regarded mixed-use development with local restaurants and stores in Kingwood, is one of the many sites that has been affected by the heavy rainfalls this week.

The beloved Kingwood restaurants such as Chimichurri’s and Raffa’s Waterfront grill had debris wash up ashore as Lake Houston’s water levels began seeping up on Tuesday night.

The restaurants have not suffered any flood damage yet but are preparing for the worst with several inches of rain is projected over the weekend.

During Hurricane Harvey, all Kings Harbor businesses sustained about 6 feet of water and some took longer than a year — until January 2019 — to reopen. The owners are taking steps to avoid a repeat of the damages they suffered during Harvey.

Tony Raffa, owner of Raffa’s Waterfront Grill, said he is preparing his restaurant by probably lowering their inventory to reduce potential losses and keeping a close eye on the weather. Other businesses in Kings Harbor are contemplating rescheduling some of their big events for Mother’s Day weekend.

“Right now we’re just waiting to see what the next news is from (Lake) Conroe and releasing water. There’s a lot of anticipated storms that are still going to come through in the next two-to-three days, so it’s just kind of a wait-and-see situation,” Raffa said.

Raffa said the Waterfront Grill is in a bit of a tight spot because of hundreds of reservations already made for Mother’s Day this Sunday.

“With Mother’s Day looming on Sunday, we’re kind of in a sticky situation where we have 550 reservation for Sunday, and we need to be getting prepared for that too,” Raffa said. “Right now we’re just hoping for a good outcome.”

Rosa Perez, co-owner of Chimichurri’s, said they were planning on having a wine dinner tonight, as they do every month, but are thinking of rescheduling that for next week due to the heavy rainfall Kingwood is expecting tonight.

“We’re contemplating rescheduling that for next week because I think once the rain starts coming down, people are not going to want to leave their house,” Perez said.

Perez said they have been preparing for possible floods since Tuesday night by picking all of their glassware and plateware and moving tables and chairs away from their glass patio. The employees are also moving everything away from the windows.

“We’re just preparing … to move everything to the center (of the restaurant) and just pray for the best and not the worst,” Perez said.

Ann Taylor, Midway Companies senior vice president, said they will be able to address the debris cleanup once the storms have completely passed.

The pier at Kings Harbor is underwater but doesn’t appear to be damaged, according to Taylor.

Midway officials will keep monitoring the weather to see if they can continue with their Second Saturday Concert event that is scheduled for this weekend.

kaila.contreras@chron.com