Weinberger’s Deli expanding hours


Weinberger’s Deli is adding new hours and eventually, new menu items.

Starting Sunday, the store will be open noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, then Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., according to owner Nick Ruales.

Then, the following week, they’ll start introducing breakfast items to go with their morning hours. Ruales said they’re working on different options now, but it will still be sandwich options and primarily omelettes between bread, served with hash browns.

He and his staff are working out the details of the new menu now. You can follow their progress on their Facebook page.


Johnson’s lawyer file response to suit


City council member Greg Johnson, his company and his business associates are not liable for any problems with a building they sold to an investor, a response to a lawsuit says.

A private investor sued Johnson and 12 other defendants in March because of structural problems with a strip center. However, the response to the suit says the buyer, Lyle Addicks, knew about the problems and still bought the building.

Filed by Denton attorney Scott Alagood, the response says Addicks inspected the building himself and refused to hire a professional inspector to look at the property before purchase.

“The Plaintiff claiming that ‘he knew construction’ and that he was in the manufacturing business, the Plaintiff now seeks to hold any person who may have walked the property liable of its own arrogance and negligence in failing to perform its own proper due diligence,” the response says.

Here’s what’s happening with Earthwise Produce


I’m going to go out on a limb and say I wasn’t the only one confused by a tiny sign by my farm share a few weeks ago about changes at Earthwise Gardens & Produce.

So, here’s what’s going on, per co-owner Christina Treviño:

1. There will still be the JBG Organics farm share every Thursday. In recent years, farm shares have had produce from the JBG farm in Austin and in Denton, but now it will just be the organic produce grown in Austin.

2. This means everything grown in Denton will go back to being Earthwise products, instead of JBG Organics.

3. The first dibs for the Denton produce will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays at the shop. Every week, Christina says they’ll try to post the selections to their Facebook page, and it will go out in a weekly newsletter.

4. The majority of the produce will be available at the Community Market Saturday mornings.

5. Everything else they grow will be for sale at their shop during normal hours.

Treviño adds this is a good thing for her husband, Ryan Crocker, who heads the farm. This way he’s in control of what’s getting planted and when, plus they’ll still get transplants from JBG.

Volunteers are also still needed, she added, and shifts at the farm will still run from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Those who volunteer will still get a box of produce from the Denton farm.

Leadership Denton presentation tonight


After eight months of research and preparation, Leadership Denton will give its presentation on how the city can promote the tech community.

Each year, the Denton Chamber of Commerce assembles a group of emerging leaders to analyze an issue with an eye toward improving the community. The current leadership class spent nine months looking at different aspects of technology in Denton and how to build a more vibrant technology community.

A presentation of their findings and recommendations is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Denton Public Safety Training Center, 719 E. Hickory St.

More information on the event can be found here.

Thomas’ Ethan Allen leaving Square


Signs encompassing the Ethan Allen storefront on the corner of Elm and Oak St. are promoting the store’s last sale, which runs through Saturday.

The store is going out of business in the coming days, but a store employee said Wednesday they weren’t sure the exact last day in business. Signs read that $1 million worth of merchandise was up for grabs.

The owner of the store, Bill Thomas, died March 24 at 88-years-old. He had owned the store since 1962.

Fat Shack eatery coming to Denton

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The New Jersey college staple, fat sandwiches, will now be in Denton starting Tuesday, April 26.

Fat Shack, a small chain that started in New Jersey and grew most of its footprint in Colorado, will open in the same shopping center as Bet the House Barbecue at 508 S. Elm St. This will be its first location outside of Jersey or Colorado.

The store specializes in “fat sandwiches” – which are hoagies loaded with nontraditional combinations, normally piled with some type of meat (chicken fingers, cheesesteak), french fries, other toppings like onion rings or jalepeno poppers, and sauce.

The store plans to be open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Here’s a peak at the menu:


Denton named a top place for women in the workforce


Denton was named the fifth best city in America for working women, according to a new report from NerdWallet.

While nationwide, the study found women make about 80 cents for every $1 men earn, based on 2014 census data, in Denton, women make 93.5 cents for every $1 men make in the city.

Part of why Denton ranked so high is the concentration of education and health sector jobs, which both typically employ more women than men. The study noted that having two universities, a large public school district and two hospitals mean more women are employed at higher levels.

With pay closer to equal, men in Denton still have a higher participation rate in the workforce than women, with a 4.8 percent difference.


Fast-casual restaurant VERTS coming to Denton

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Verts Kebap, a fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant, will open on Loop 288 later this month, according to company officials.

The restaurant, based out of Austin, is like the Chipotle of Mediterranean food. Visitors pick a kebap, wrap or salad as a base, then the meat: beef and lamb mix, chicken, lamb meatballs or falafel, and top it with veggies and sauces.

This will be the restaurant’s sixth location in the metroplex. Opening day is set for Saturday, April 23 at 1715 S. Loop 288, Suite 100. 

The site was home to Del Taco until mid-December, when it and 11 other Texas locations were closed.

Craft House gets taps

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After months in business, the Midway Craft House will have its beer taps up and running at 4 p.m. today.

Now, there are 36 taps for growler fill-ups and in store samples, which are 5 ounces and start at $2 at the store by University of North Texas.

This is the second beer store for owners Co-owners Shakeel and Shabana Merchant, who opened Midway Mart more than 20 years ago.

The tap list is available here, and features local brews from Audacity to more rare finds from Stone Brewing Co. and Ballast Point.

Sprouts to open June 29


The 28,000 square-foot grocery store Sprouts Farmers Market on Teasley Lane now has a scheduled opening: Wednesday, June 29 at 7 a.m.

With the opening set, the store is ready to start hiring for roughly 100 positions, including department managers and assistant department managers, clerks and cashiers. Applications are now being accepted here.

Construction on the project started last year along a growing portion of Teasley, between Kroger and Guyer High School.

This is the second Sprouts in Denton County, with a location already in Flower Mound.

The store specializes in natural and organic foods, with a focus on fresh produce. They also have bulk sections for snacks, grains and nuts, on-site butchers and natural foods and supplements.