Badgers BBQ closes shop

Badgers BBQ, Lewisville, Restaurant, business closing

From left, Danielle, Erich, Lilly, Emilee and Shelly Klein stand in front of the Badgers BBQ sign in their new Lewisville restaurant. (Adam Schrader/neighborsgo)

Badgers BBQ, a Lewisville restaurant, opened last August–with a grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 4. However, the family-owned restaurant recently closed its doors, according to a post on the BBQ joint’s Facebook page.

To our loyal customers… Unfortunately, we can’t go in to specifics, but we are closed indefinitely until we can…

Posted by Badgers BBQ on Monday, May 18, 2015

Badgers, owned by Emilee and Erich Klein, served family-style barbecue, but they also want to use their restaurant to honor “the badge”: law enforcement, firefighters and soldiers in the community. Hence the name Badgers.

The restaurant has received mixed reviews on the Facebook groups Flower Mound Cares and Lewisville, TX-Community Blabber.

Badgers is decent, nothing spectacular. Definitely try Fat Cow next time, best BBQ in Denton County last 2 years running,” one user wrote in the latter Facebook group.

Lisa Strickler, another user of the group, wrote that the Kleins were struggling to stay open because the landlord for the property left a plumbing problem for two months, killing their business.

“He just recently fixed it and they have put everything they had into this business,” she wrote. “Pray for them to overcome a bad landlord and people not understanding, for all the good work they have done not to go away. Good people, excellent food in mass quantity.”

Erich Klein only said the building was incompatible with their needs. So he is looking for a new location.

Until the Kleins reopen elsewhere, send them a message on Facebook for ordering barbecue. 

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


Drunken Donkey craft beer bar open

The sign behind the bar at Drunken Donkey Denton.

The sign behind the bar at Drunken Donkey Denton. 

Craft beer bar and grill Drunken Donkey opened today at Unicorn Lake.

This is the company’s third location since it was founded in 2014. The bar took the place of Pourhouse at 3350 Unicorn Lake Blvd.

This location features more than 145 beers on tap and more than 60 bottles of beer as well. The menu is the same as the other two locations, featuring typical bar fare like wings, burgers and specialty items like grilled quail and roasted duck.

The bar will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and you can follow their daily specials and new beers on Facebook.

Denton Village expanding

Senior living and assisted living community Good Samaritan Society Denton Village is adding a $2.2 million expansion.

The addition will be the Community Life Enrichment and Wellness Center for their more than 100 residents.

With the addition, the community will get a chapel, fitness center, medical examination room, technology center and a community event space. This will add 4,439 square feet for the chapel, and re-purpose another 4,654 square feet.

The community, on Hinkle Drive near Kroger and the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo grounds, has senior living apartments and townhomes, as well as assisted living center.

Construction to start this month on Rayzor Ranch Town Center


RED Development, the company behind the much-anticipated Rayzor Ranch Town Center, announced they will start construction on the project by the end of the month.

They also announced the first round of retailers: WinCo Foods, Chili’s, Raising Cane’s, In-N-Out Burger, Envy Spa, Great Clips, Penn Station subs and Sleep Number.

Prior to today’s release, the company only confirmed publicly that Cinemark Movie Bistro would join the project. However, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported that WinCo Foods was vying for the space last December. We also reported in February that In-N-Out Burger, Chili’s and Raising Cane’s were joining the project.

When that was announced in 2014, it was estimated the project will open this summer. It is slated to be a high-end retail development similar to the Shops at Highland Village.

A press release from the company did not outline a timeline for the project, or when the stores could potentially open.

One downtown biz gone, another on the way out


Courthouse Collection is now officially closed, after having its last day on the Denton Square Saturday, May 9.

Now, owner Karen Wilson is in the process of moving the store to Krum.

Around the corner, owners of W Douglas Antiques are also preparing to close, but are Shirley and Tom Carrigan aren’t opening another location. Rather, they are retiring to Little Rock, Arkansas after 20 years on the Square.

Their last day in business will be Saturday, May 16. Another retail shop is planning to take its place, called The Palm Tree Boutique.

The store will undergo renovations before opening late this summer, featuring women’s clothing and accessories. The shop has a large online presence, and a storefront in Victoria.


New manufacturing develop coming this fall

A new manufacturing and office space being built in Denton.

A new manufacturing and office space being built in Denton.

A new industrial and office space set to open this fall has landed Quality Industries Inc. as the development’s anchor.

The precision metalworking company has signed a long-term lease for 86,500 square feet of manufacturing and office space, that will house at least 40 new employees, according to a press release from the company. Quality Industries is expected to move in November of this year.

Currently, they have a manufacturing facility on West University Drive, with 18,000 square feet with 26 full time employees and another 15 temporary workers.

“This significant expansion in our manufacturing and office facilities will strengthen our supply chain capacities and services for our customers in the Denton area, the state of Texas, and throughout south central and southwestern United States,” said Warren Hayslip, Quality Industries’ CEO and president in a press release. “We expect the expansion will be followed with additional investments to further solidify our presence in Texas and expand into other parts of North America.”

Local developer The Martino Group is heading the project, while Links Construction is the general contractor and the space is being leased by Axis Realty Group.

Some Sally Beauty cards at risk

An investigation has started to look into unusual activity on payment cards used at Sally Beauty locations across the country.

The specialty beauty supplies retailer, which is based in Denton, has launched a customer service hotline at 1-866-234-9442 and are posting information online to inform customers.

Sally Beauty Holdings said in a statement they don’t know the “scope or nature” of the activities at this time. They have contacted law enforcement, their credit card processor and have hired a forensics expert to learn more about the situation.

This is the second security breach in recent memory. Last March, they had thousands of customer records were stolen.


Chef Morris Salerno to sign cookbook tonight

Morris Salerno, Bistecca, Highland Village Chef Morris Salerno, owner of Bistecca—An Italian Steakhouse in Highland Village, will sign copies of his cookbook – Morris’ Way from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at WineStyles, 6100 Long Prairie Road in Flower Mound. The event will also feature a wine tasting and appetizers. For more information, call 972-874-9315. Lewisville/Flower Mound editor Adam Schrader can be reached at 214-773-8188 and @schrader_adam on Twitter.

Free laundry delivery app now available

A Denton Laundromat is the first in the area to offer pick-up and delivery service through a free smartphone app.

Wash It Kwik at 1825 W. University Drive now offers an app through the Apple App Store or Google Play that allows customers to request laundry service on their smartphone.

Customers can also place orders online. Pick-up and delivery is free, and laundry charges start at $1.39 a pound.

“Doing laundry is a time consuming, never ending problem,” Wash It Kwik owner Bruce Walker said in a press release. “Our new online service gets laundry picked up and cleaned to customer specifications and returned within 24 to 48 hours, without people leaving the comfort of their home.”

The laundry center serves all of Denton County, according to Wash It Kwik’s website.

The app and online system run on software from WashClub, a New York-based tech company that specializes in laundry and dry cleaning delivery.

Barbecue bash tomorrow for Dickey’s opening


The newest Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will open inside Rayzor Ranch Shopping Center Thursday, April 16, according to a press release from the company.

The first 50 guests at the location, which opens at 11 a.m., will win a gift card worth up to $50.

The celebration will continue into Friday and Saturday as well.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, disc jockeys from New Country 96.3 will be at the location. During that time, one guest will win a $500 gift card, and three people will win free barbecue for a year. Additionally, the store will offer $2 pulled pork sandwiches.

On Saturday, there will be free merchandise giveaways throughout the day.

The location is at 2530 West University Drive, suite 1110.