Earl’s 377 sets opening date

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Earl’s 377 Pizza, the third restaurant from John “Sparky” Pearson and chef Chad Kelly, will open Monday, May 23.

The two are behind Denton hot spots LSA Burger Co. and Barley & Board.

This new restaurant is along Highway 377 in Argyle, highlights pizza but will also feature other Italian fare, sandwiches and salads.

The menu is in the process of being finalized now before opening.

Salata now open

The inside of Salata. Photo by Chris Brumfield.

The inside of Salata. Photo by Chris Brumfield.

Salata, which bills itself as a “next generation salad bar” is now open in the U Centre at Fry Street, on West Hickory Street.

When we went for a preview lunch Monday, all were welcome ahead of their scheduled Thursday, May 12 grand opening.

Salads and wraps range from $7 to $15, depending on the size and toppings on the salad. Almost all vegetables are included in the base price, $7 for a small or wrap and $8 for a large, though it’s extra for avocado and proteins.

The full bar at Salata Denton. Photo by Chris Brumfield.

The full bar at Salata Denton. Photo by Chris Brumfield.

Visitors start at the Chipotle-style line and pick what lettuce they want, and go through a series of toppings from fresh fruit like mango and grapes, to veggies like onion and raddish. Then, you pick a dressing made at their Houston facility and whatever protein and additional toppings you want, like croutons and bacon.

The grand opening will have free meals for the first 50 people in line at 1200 W. Hickory St.

Hours at the location are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. It’s closed on Sunday.

Rubber Gloves closing

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Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio announced Wednesday it will be closing its doors Sunday, June 5.

In an online post representatives for the venue, which has been open since 1997,  said the closure was unexpected. This is the second major venue in Denton to close in the past year, after Hailey’s announced it would shut down and instead become two bar concepts rather than a venue.

The longtime venue regularly hosts local music, touring acts and features music ranging from alternative rock to rap and beat competitions.

More information on the closure is available on their Facebook page.

Weinberger’s Deli expanding hours

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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:

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Denton named a top place for women in the workforce

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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.