Neighboring bars open off the Square

Matt Slider (left) and J.B. Paschal at Service Industry on West Hickory Street Tuesday January 7, 2014, in Denton, Tx.

Two new bars arrived right off the Square this week. Service Industry and Muddy Jake’s Sports Grille and Pub are now open for business.

The next door neighbors at 222 W. Hickory St. serve food and drinks every evening, but Muddy Jake’s is also open for lunch.

Service Industry, owned by Matt Slider and JB Paschal, focuses on craft cocktails and a social, yet quiet, atmosphere.

The Hickory Street spot is the second location for Muddy Jake’s, which also operates in Sulphur Springs. General manager Lonnie Fox said the sports bar is hoping to host events, like live music and stand-up comedians.

Read more in this Sunday’s business feature.

Some businesses still open despite weather

Cartwright's Ranch House shared this photo on social media to show customers they were still open for business today.

Several area businesses are braving the cold to still serve customers today.

Some spots like West Oak Coffee Bar and Rayzor Ranch Marketplace will open late today, opening at 1:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

For coffee today, check Shift Coffee, Jupiter House Coffee, Cultivar Coffee and West Oak.

Lunch spots are open around the downtown area as well, including: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Industrial Street, Lone Star Attitude Burger Co., Cartwright’s Ranch House, The Loophole, Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, Viet Bites on West Hickory Street, The Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub and Crooked Crust.

Others businesses opted to close because of the weather, including Hickory & Fry, The Chestnut Tree, Hannah’s Off The Square, la di da and Shoe Fly, Garden Gate, The Courthouse Collection and DATCU Credit Union locations.

Additional businesses open today include: Home Depot, Kroger, Midway Mart and Bullseye Bike Shop.

Most businesses are announcing their statuses by posting to their Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, so check online before trekking outside.

New eateries expand southern Denton County cuisine

Dallas, McKinney Avenue, Flower Mound, The Colony, neighborsgo

Brothers Marty Garvey (left) and Greg Garvey (right) display hamburgers at Jake's Hamburgers in Uptown, which they co-own. This is the McKinney Avenue store location.

Jakes Hamburgers will celebrate its 30th anniversary by opening a new location in Flower Mound at the beginning of April.

The burger joint, which uses meat ground at the Fort Worth Stockyards, will occupy the corner of FM 3040 and Gerault Road. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will include a full bar and patio, with servers and bartenders.

Marty Garvey co-owns the local chain with his brother, Greg.

“We’re looking forward to opening out in Flower Mound,” he said. “There are not quite enough good food options in that part of town, so we feel like it’s a good fit for the town and our restaurant.”

It will be the local chain’s ninth location. For updates, visit jakesuptown.com.

Flower Mound resident Mani Bhushan will open the third location of his fast-casual restaurant Taco Ocho by early summer in the River Walk Market shopping center, next to Market Street. It will serve food inspired by classic Latin cuisine. For more information, visit tacoocho.com.

Since late November, In-N-Out Burgers has been serving its popular west coast style burgers to The Colony. The new 3,750 square foot restaurant is located on the southwest corner of the Sam Rayburn Tollway and Plano Parkway — across from the Nebraska Furniture Mart. For more information, visit in-n-out.com.

Panera Bread will also open near the Grandscape development. City Council approved development plans for a 4,300 square-foot restaurant at its Feb. 17 meeting. The restaurant will be directly west of In-N-Out. According to Planning and Zoning commission minutes, the company plans to start building in late March, open by July. For more information, visit panerabread.com.

Raising Cane’s scheduled to open its first location in The Colony at 3851 Plano Parkway, just south of the other developments, in June.

“I have received feedback from many of our customers that they have been waiting for a Raising Cane’s to open in The Colony, so we believe this is a win for everybody,” Luke Overman, Area Director of Operations said in a press release.

This will be the Louisiana-based chain’s 28th restaurant in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It will be the company’s first location built with new and larger prototype specifications. For more information, visit raisingcanes.com.

Lewisville/Flower Mound editor Adam Schrader can be reached at 214-773-8188 and @schrader_adam on Twitter.

Rayzor Ranch Town Center updates

A rendering of the proposed Rayzor Ranch Town Center in Denton.

More stores and restaurants have signed on to join Rayzor Ranch Town Center, including In-N-Out, Raising Cane’s and Chili’s.

In a meeting with economic development investors last night, Scott Wagner, a vice president with the project’s developer RED Development, said the three restaurants could open in the spring or summer of 2016.

Additionally, the first strip of retail space planned for the town center is more than halfway leased. However, store announcements won’t be made until more of the space is leased. This portion is expected to open by fall 2016.

Cinemark Movie Bistro will now open in 2016 as well. Plans are also still in place to have WinCo Foods be the grocery anchor for the center.

In Wagner’s presentation, he also fielded questions about bringing a higher-end grocery store like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. These “specialty” grocers tend to join projects once they are already established, Wagner said. For example, Whole Foods didn’t join The Shops at Highland Village until 2014, even though the center began opening stores in 2007.

Public infrastructure improvements are set to break ground “soon,” before the buildings start going up, Wagner said.

Peterbilt expansion gets city incentives

Inside the Peterbilt factory in Denton, Texas.

Peterbilt will soon begin a $23 million expansion of its current plant in Denton, now with the help of a tax abatement from the city.

The Denton City Council approved a 70 percent tax abatement for eight years in last night’s meeting, which means the company will get about $822,000 in incentives.

In the presentation, details of the plan and Peterbilt’s expansion were explained by Aimee Bissett, director of economic development for the city.

The expansion comes after the company added 500 jobs in 2014, and so far this year have already added 200. In 2014, their production levels increased 32 percent. When they opened in Denton in 1980, they had just 83 employees. You can read more about Peterbilt’s history in Denton here.

The expansion will add 17,500 square feet to the property to help increase production.

Courthouse Collection moving to Krum

The Courthouse Collection, shown above, is leaving the downtown Denton Square.

After 23 years on the downtown Square, Courthouse Collection is planning to move to Krum in April.

Karen Wilson, who owns the shop, said she decided to sell the building because she didn’t like the direction the Square was going, as most new businesses coming to the downtown area are restaurants and bars.

While she wanted to stay in Denton, rent prices were too high and she decided Krum would be the best place to revamp her business.

The store will move to 137 McCart Street in Krum, and reopen in April as McCart Street Charm, by the Courthouse Collection. For exact dates and details of the relocation, follow the business on Facebook.

New Tex-Mex restaurant joining Denton

The entrance of Pedro's Tex-Mex and Grill, located at McKinney St. and Bell Ave.

Pedro’s Tex-Mex and Grill is a few weeks away from opening its third location in Denton at the corner of Bell Ave. and McKinney St.

The restaurant is taking the place of Bosses Pizza & Wings, which closed in late 2014.

This will the be third location for Pedro’s, which first opened in Pilot Point in December 2012. Since then, they’ve opened a location in Aubrey.

The Pilot Point location was named one of top 5 restaurants in DFW by Yelp users, earning consistent five star reviews. You can check out their menu here.

While an opening date hasn’t been set, leadership said they plan to open in about two weeks. They are also still hiring servers. For more information or to apply, call Ryan Colburn at 940-365-2322.

Uber arrives in Denton

Boris Breslav poses for a portrait next to his vehicle on September 19, 2012 at Reverchon Park in Dallas. Breslav is a driver for Uber, a San Francisco based technology company with a mobile app based private car service in Dallas and Denton. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News)

Uber’s move to Denton is now official.

The car-for-hire company launched locally Tuesday morning. As a kick-off promotion, Uber is offering free rides around town through Thursday, Uber representative Debbee Hancock said.

Customers can use the promo code “DentonLove” when requesting rides that start and end in Denton.

The Uber smartphone app allows customers to enter their pickup location and destination to receive an estimated price for the trip. Riders also have a choice of vehicle. Options range from taxis to SUVs and luxury cars.

The app charges the ride directly to a credit or debit card, with the ability to split the fare between multiple riders.

Uber will be an addition to Denton’s main transportation provider, AA Shuttle & Taxi Service.

 

Harvest House looking for help

Harvest House on East Hickory Street in Denton is still under construction.

As new bar and music venue Harvest House is nearing completion, the business is now looking to hire bartenders and baristas.

Set to open in mid-March, the space at 331 East Hickory St. will offer coffee and juices in addition to craft beer, cocktails and live music. More information is in our Dec. 6 story.

Currently, the business is slated to have a grand opening March 13-15, according to their website, and will be open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, and be open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

To apply, send a resume to DentonHarvestHouse@gmail.com.

You can follow the progress of the business at their Facebook page for more information.

Denton hotel adds car charging stations

A new electric vehicle charging station at the Best Western Premier in Denton.

People with electric cars in Denton now have one more place to charge up in city limits.

The Best Western Premier Crown Chase Inn & Suites on Brinker Road now has two charging stations for the guests, the first hotel in the city to have a charging station.

There will be an event at the hotel to commemorate the addition on Friday, Feb. 6 to demonstrate electric vehicles and the charge station. For more information, visit http://bwdenton.com/green/.

Currently, there are 14 public charging stations in Denton city limits including the new additions at Best Western, and one in Corinth. You can track charging stations for electric cars here.

A map of electric car charging stations in the Denton area from http://www.plugshare.com.