Dix Coney Island now open

Twenty-four hour diner Dix Coney Island opened for business Wednesday, Oct. 21 on the downtown Square.

Soft Opening October 21, 2015 @ 6am! #coneyisland #dentonsquare #bae #bc #open24hr

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The restaurant, located in the Scripture Building on the northwest corner of the Square and has been under construction since this spring.

This will be the first 24-hour eatery around the Square. In an interview this Aprilowner Charlie Adili said the restaurant is an extension of the family’s current business in Michigan. 

It features Coney Island style chili dogs and burgers, and will have breakfast at all hours of the day. View the full menu here:

DIX Coney Island Menu


Local massage therapy office expanding


Soma Massage Therapy is working to open its third treatment room inside its office at 529 Malone St the next few days.

The company moved out of owner Amber Briggle’s home to the office on Malone Street in 2013, with two treatment rooms, an office and a waiting room. This is the first expansion since Soma’s moved out of Briggle’s home.

The company will celebrate the addition in a grand re-opening Saturday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with free henna tattoos, cookies and wine.

Attendees can also get discounts on one hour massage gift certificates, a six pack of one hour massages and there will be a raffle for a free massage. More information on the event is available on Facebook.

Square One reopens in Lewisville


Square One Café, 136 W. Main St. in Lewisville, has been closed for two weeks but reopens at 2 p.m. today.

Karbach Brewing Co., a Houston-based craft brewery, will host a pint night tonight to celebrate the reopening. The pint night will include Karbach beers El Hopadillo Negro, Love Street, Three Legged Lab, and Karbachoberfest. Local musician Justin Pickard will also perform starting at 7:30 p.m.

Square One will also be rebranding into The Local Beer Garden by the end of September.

After the rebranding, the restaurant will also offer more beers, wines and dinner options including a small bite menu.

Travis Holladay, owner and operator of the restaurant, wrote in a Facebook post that he has experienced personal and family issues over the last year and often thought about giving up.

“But with the success of the restaurant and even more the great enthusiasm from you, our loyal guests, we choose not to,” he wrote. “We thank you for patronage and most of all for your help and patience during this time in our transition, after all that is what a community and friends are all about.”

Southern Denton County/Northwest Dallas County Neighborsgo Editor Adam Schrader can be reached at @schrader_adam on Twitter.

OC Burgers closes up shop


After just three months in Denton, OC Burgers at 508 S. Elm St. has closed.

Aug. 18 was the burger joint’s last day in Denton, according to a Facebook post. Calls to the location weren’t answered.

This was the company’s second location, and featured California-style burgers, fries and breakfast items.

The company will continue to operate the original location in Watuga.


Nothing in the works with H-E-B site


Teasley & FM 2499 View the property at:http://v-re.com/property/267/swisher-fm-2499

Posted by VERUS Real Estate Advisors on Friday, August 7, 2015


A popular Facebook post by VERUS Real Estate Advisors has sparked talks of an H-E-B coming to Denton County.

While Texas grocery chain H-E-B owns property at the corner of Village Parkway and Swisher Road, the company hasn’t done anything with the land in the year i’ts owned it. City officials said the company bought the land in 2014, and have not spoken with economic development about building a store on the land.

In recent years, the company has bought up property throughout DFW, including the Corinth site, as part of a growth strategy to secure markets.

According to the Dallas Morning News, the company owns more than 12 undeveloped sites throughout the metroplex. In an article earlier this year, a company representative said they plan to open a few stores in the area in 2016, but did not reveal any plans.

A call for comment from H-E-B was not returned – so no official word if a H-E-B or its higher end sister grocery store Central Market could be coming soon.

Barley & Board opens Wednesday


After months of construction, downtown Denton’s first brewpub Barley & Board is set to open to the public Wednesday at 11 a.m.

While the project is opening months after it was originally planned, co-owner Eric Pulido said the delays helped them develop the restaurant and nano brewery’s concept and look. Now there are exposed brick walls, murals inside and hand crafted furniture from several local makers.

“Several people made the space better and that was a cool thing, you can get all the blueprints you want and lay everything out just right, but if there’s not some type of trial by error type process, I think it loses a little bit of the life,” he said. “I think all the things that happened that way made it more dynamic.”

Pulido, who also fronts the band Midlake, partnered with John “Sparky” Pearson of LSA Burger Co. and actor Jason Lee on the project.

The brewpub has also released its menu in anticipation of the opening – available below. Hours are:  Monday – Thursday11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.Friday11:00 a.m. to midnightSaturday10:00 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Barley and Board opening menu

Tax free weekend sees local gains


Golden Triangle Mall saw a 28 percent increase in traffic the week of tax free weekend, mall manager Matt Ludemann reports.

Most major retailers inside of the mall also saw increases in sales from last year, he said.

Part of the traffic increase can be attributed to H&M opening its doors Thursday, Aug. 6 – right in time for the sales Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

One retailer in the mall reported the Denton location was the only store out of about 20 in the metroplex to see gains compared to last weekend.


Peterbilt expansion moves to phase two

Peterbilt factory

The first phase of Peterbilt‘s expansion project is now complete, and the company has received clearance from the city to add another 17,000 square feet.

The addition will be for receiving materials on the west side of the plant, and should be done by early 2016, said Leon Handt, assistant general manager of operations.

Before this work started, the building added dock doors. Next up will be adding new storage for painted parts, and a retrieval system. That chunk of work, the third and final phase of the project, is still on track to start in October and be done by Sept. 2016, Handt said.

Because of the scope of the project, the city offered Peterbilt a tax abatement to get the $23 million project done.

Audacity launching canned beer

Courtesy photo/Audacity Brew House

The cans for Audacity’s Sunset lager. Photo by Audacity Brew House.

Beers from Audacity Brew House will soon be available on store shelves statewide, as the company is launching its first canned beers next week.

Scott Lindsey, co-owner of Audacity, said distributor Ben E. Keith will pick up cans of Bulletproof Texas Pale Ale and Sunset Vienna-style lager Friday, Aug. 14. Then, the cans will distributed at stores like Kroger and H-E-B as far as Austin and San Antonio.

“You’ll start to see them in a lot of places over the next six weeks or so,” Lindsey said. He expects they’ll first be available in stores Monday, Aug. 17.

The brewery will celebrate the launch Saturday, Aug. 15 at their taproom, where cans will be $3 a piece. More details on the event are on Facebook.

Additionally, the company has secured the beer sponsorship for Apogee Stadium at the University of North Texas, right in time for football season. They’re also sponsoring this year’s Oaktopia music festival.

New beer shop and bar to open by end of summer


Within the next 30 days, a new beer shop, growler fill-up station and bar will open at 122 E. McKinney St.

Backyard neighbors with popular beer garden East Side, the 2,200 square foot storefront will feature taps and bottles of craft beers to help educate the community, owner Ben Esely said.

The craft beer market in North Texas is growing, but hasn’t reached the level of Colorado or Portland, he said. The goal is to help educate and facilitate that experience for customers, Esely said. He has been tracking the market and blogging about it in recent years at his website, Beer Drinker’s Society, and more recently for our sister publication, The Dallas Morning News’, beer blog.

Ben Webster will help run the shop, and Andie Sterling, cafe director at Harvest House, may collaborate with the shop to offer beer education classes.

Follow the shop’s progress on Facebook.