An Oyster Giant Is Going All In on San Leon Becoming the Texas Gulf Coast’s Next Big Thing

The unincorporated community of San Leon, home to a population of about 5,000, is barely a blip on the map of Texas. It occupies roughly 5 square miles at the end of a tiny peninsula that juts into Galveston Bay, about 10 miles southwest of Kemah. There are no grocery stores, only a few restaurants, and barely a waterfront, a small strip of sand the locals call Mooner Beach.

Now, with the recent opening of Pier 6, the little village is poised to become a true weekend hot spot. At least that’s the hope driving Raz Halili, whose family owns Prestige Oysters, one of the Gulf Coast’s largest oyster purveyors. After two decades in the oyster harvesting business, the Halilis are hoping to turn their seafood expertise into a waterfront restaurant serving up fresh-caught fish and coastal vacation vibes.

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