The marquee at the City Café in Texas City was likely welcomed news for weary travelers just back from escaping Hurricane Rita. “We open at 6 a.m. Sept. 26. Limited menu.”
Slowly but surely the businesses of Galveston County are starting to open. Some were able to begin operations Saturday night others opened their doors Sunday. Those that were open, especially gas stations and restaurants, were packed with customers. Long lines too were found at the checkout lines of local grocery stores such as the Kroger in Texas City or the H.E.B. stores in Galveston — where customers were given free ice — Texas City and Dickinson.
Local banks were also trying to get operations up and running if anything at the local automatic teller machines. Officials with Texas First Bank fanned out across the county Sunday working to find if any of the bank’s ATM machines could be made operational again.