Retail wrap: Zanti Cucina Italiana opens River Oaks location – Houston Chronicle

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Zanti Cucina Italiana announced a new location in the River Oaks Shopping Center. 
Zanti Cucina Italiana, which started in The Woodlands, will open a second Houston location in River Oaks Shopping Center. Pictured are Alejandro Peláez, Michele D’Amelio, Santiago Peláez, Alejandro Peláez and Stefano Ferrero.
Bubbly Paws offers self service dog washing and full service dog grooming. New franchise owners Chris and Laura Hedge plan to open locations in the Houston market.
Prestige Dental leased 2,600 square feet at Balmoral Retail, 15720 Woodland Hills Dr, Suite 900. Peter Hays of Practice Real Estate Group represented the tenant. Josh Jacobs and Lindsey Lee of the Blue Ox Group represented the landlord.
Smiles of Fulshear leased 1,400 square feet at 6520 FM 359 South, Suite 200. George Allen of Practice Real Estate Group represented the tenant and Beau Evans of R1 Rogers represented the landlord.
Bubbly Paws, a self-service dog wash and full service dog grooming salon, announced a franchise agreement with Chris and Laura Hedge to open multiple stores in the Houston area in the next few years. The first store is expected to open in January. Bubbly Paws has four corporate owned stores in Minneapolis and one store in Boise, Idaho and additional franchise stores in development in Dallas and other markets.
Zanti Cucina Italiana, an Italian restaurant founded by CEO Santiago Peláez in The Woodlands in 2019, is expanding with a new location in the River Oaks Shopping Center at 1958 W. Gray in November. The restaurant will occupy 7,747 square feet and an additional 1,192 square feet of  patio space. Hilario Zamora, who has worked at fine dining restaurants and hotels worldwide, will be the executive chef alongside Chef Stefano Ferrero, director of operations at Zanti. Cristopher Perez will serve as the general manager.
F45 Training, a fitness company founded in Australia with more than 40 locations in the Houston area, leased 2,400 square feet in Candle Creek Plaza at  3301 Louetta Road in Spring. Michael Burgower and Eric H. Lestin of Cushman & Wakefield represented the tenant, Syed Hasan, in the lease negotiations. The landlord is Ajdor Investments.
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Fogo de Chão, a Brazilian steakhouse, opened its third restaurant in the Houston area. The new Baybrook Mall location in Friendswood features an open-air churrasco grill in the dining room and an expansive patio.
Mod Pizza, a build-your-own artisan-style pizza and salad restaurant, opened a 2,989-square-feet location in Gulfgate Center, at the northwest corner of Interstate 45 South and Loop 610. Chris Reyes and Tyler Trevino of Shop Cos. represented the tenant. Katherine Wildman of Wulfe & Co. represented the landlord.
Verlo Mattress, a Milwaukee-based mattress retailer founded in 1958, is expanding to Houston. The company announced a deal for five new franchise locations in northwest Houston. Once the new franchisee selects an initial location, Verlo anticipates the opening of a factory store, typically containing around 10,000 square feet with a showroom, a factory/assembly area and a warehouse area, in mid-2023. The factory store will support additional retail stores, according to Verlo. The company recently awarded 7 locations in the San Antonio markets for its entry to Texas.
Paletas Morelia leased 637 square feet at the Times Building, at 2400 Times Blvd., in the Village. Eric Broussard and Drew Nelson of Resolut RE represented the tenant.
RDGA LLC purchased a 3,013-square-foot building at 1725 Wirt Road in Spring Branch. The building will be renovated for a Ragin’ Cajun restaurant. Preston Cunningham with Cunningham Ventures represented the buyer. The seller of the former Liberty Auto Sales property was represented by Ashley Casterlin of Davis Commercial.
First Steps Learning Center leased a 7,108-square-foot building at 7170 Cherry Park Drive in northwest Houston. Jason Gibbons and Stephanie Flores of Finial Group represented the landlord.
katherine.feser@chron.com 
Katherine Feser covers a variety of subjects for the Houston Chronicle Business section. She coordinates some of the paper’s most popular special sections, including the Chronicle 100, Home Price Survey, and Top Workplaces. She compiles many of the staples of the section, including the daily markets page, People in Business, event listings and real estate transactions.
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