Lone Star Attitude coming to the Denton Square

The old Denton Independent Hamburger Co. at the Downtown Square has been transforming itself into a new business.

It will soon be known as Lone Star Attitude, and it will be a hamburger concept, offering live music, said Julie Glover, the city’s economic development program administrator back onApril 8.

In May, it was announced via We Denton Do It blog that the head chef from Fireside Pies and Hibiscus was the one crafting the burger concept.

Glover said in an email July 12 that Lone Star Attitude would bring something different to downtown, since it will include the city’s first rooftop bar.

“I think the business concept is great and this will become a downtown destination,” she wrote.

According to city records, the contractor on the project is Tim Beaty. Permits show the project will include an exterior staircase.

Lone Star Attitude will be located at 113 W. Hickory Street between The Courthouse Collection and Mad World Records.  

Photos by Karina Ramírez

Lone Star Attitude is being built inside the old The Denton County Independent Hamburger Company. Photo taken April 7, 2013.

A look at the interior of the Lone Star Attitude during renovations. Photo taken April 7, 2013.

Lone Star Attitude now has a second floor. Photo taken July 30, 2013.

Aldi to open first Denton store May 30

On May 30, the German discount grocer ALDI plans to open its first Denton grocery store at 1105 Loop 288 S.

To celebrate the opening of the Denton store, ALDI will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45 a.m. May 29.

The event is open to the public. Guests may sample ALDI exclusive brands and tour the new store, a press release said.  Additionally, they may participate in an on-site sweepstakes for a chance to win store gift certificates, a news statement said.

Store hours will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

ALDI has more than 1,200 U.S. stores located in 32 states. Over the last several years, ALDI has added approximately 50-80 new stores each year.

In 2009, Aldi Inc. opened a 500,000-square-foot distribution center at 2500 Westcourt Road in Denton at an estimated cost of $50 million.

Buckle coming to the Golden Triangle Mall

Golden Triangle Mall just announced the addition of Buckle, one of the country’s leading fashion retailers for young men and women, to a list of national and regional tenants that have recently committed to or renewed leases at the renovated mall, according to a press release.

Buckle will occupy 5,040 square feet and is expected to open later in the fall. In addition to Buckle, the list of new tenants includes food court eateries like Italia Express, Tobu Oriental Eatery and Smoothie Paradise, the release said.

The Buckle, Inc. sells medium to better–priced casual apparel, footwear and accessories. The company currently operates over 430 stores in 43 states, according to its website.

More information to follow.

Contractor hired for STEM Academy in The Colony

The Board of Trustees of Little Elm Independent School District approved a contract with Pogue Construction of McKinney to serve as the contractor for the STEM Academy in The Colony that the district will break ground on this summer. The goal is for the innovative facility to open on-time, no later then the fall of 2015, officials with the district said in a news statement.

The district used the construction delivery method, Construction Manager (CM) At-Risk, to select Pogue from the 11 firms that answered the districts Request for Qualifications, and then narrowed the pool to four finalists. Interviews with finalist were conducted prior to the administrative recommendation, a press release said.

CM At-Risk allows the owner, architect and contractor to collaborate earlier in the process to ensure a quality and cost effective school facility. Pogue Construction works extensively in school construction having built 546 schools that have all opened on time, officials said.

New Dairy Queen opens in The Colony

A new Dairy Queen restaurant opened at 6360 North Josey Lane, Ste. 102 in The Colony. The new 3,000 square-foot restaurant has added 45 new jobs, contributing to The Colony’s employment growth, a press release said.

The new restaurant also will contribute to the state’s restaurant sales, which according to the National Restaurant Association, are projected to increase by 5 percent this year.

Cary Albert, who plans to open five additional DQ restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in 2013, said in a news statement he was excited about the new location.

“This new restaurant is sure to become a location where families and friends can gather to share smiles and stories over a great meal and treats,” he said.

Albert is also the operator of the Denton’s second Schlotzsky’s Deli at 416 W. University Drive.

Hours of operation are 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.

For more information, call 214-469-1062.

Academy Sports and Outdoors coming to Highlands Plaza in Flower Mound

Academy, Ltd. has purchased a 7-acre land parcel to open an Academy Sports and Outdoors within the Highlands Plaza in Flower Mound, a news release said. The center is located at the southeast corner of FM407 and Chinn Chapel Road, across from the Shops at Highland Village and Chinn Chapel Glasa Soccer Complex.

Highlands Plaza is being developed by Hermansen Land Development, Inc. Construction will be completed in fall of this year.

Easley Waggoner, Jr. of Venture Commercial, along with Lee Loftis of SRS Real Estate Partners and Frank Bullock, represented the seller. Ken and Scott Espensen of Espensen Commercial Realty represented the buyer, according to the news release.

New microbrewery coming to Justin

Rabbit Hole Brewing, a new craft microbrewery opening in Texas, has selected the city of Justin in Denton County as its initial business location with a grand opening scheduled for 2013, officials with the company said in a news release.

Rabbit Hole Brewing will begin operations at 608 Topeka Ave. while finalizing plans to construct the permanent entrance to the Rabbit Hole across the street at 106 East Sixth St. inside the Justin Industrial Park, officials with the company said in the release. No official date has been announced.

Local crafters Matt Morriss, Tom Anderson and Laron Cheek are well known in the North Texas homebrewing community as the Horsemen of the Hopocalypse, and have taken the next step by becoming founders of Rabbit Hole Brewing. Matt Morriss is a native Texan and a graduate of Texas A&M University. He and Tom Anderson, a graduate of the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pa., are the founding members of the Fort-Worth-based Horsemen of the Hopocalypse; between them, Matt and Tom hold nearly one hundred homebrewing awards from competitions around the state and across the country, a release said. They are joined by Laron Cheek, a native Texan and former United States Marine, to establish the upcoming craft microbrewery.

More information to follow in the business column.

Is Ross Dress for Less coming to Rayzor Ranch?

photo by Rachel Mehlhaff taken Nov. 30

While RED Development LLC hasn’t announced Ross Dress for Less will be coming to the Rayzor Ranch Marketplace, the store is listed on its sign as one of the stores coming in 2013. Although on a similar sign the store’s name is covered up.

The marketplace recently announced Kohl’s, Famous Footwear, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store, and Petco will be coming in 2013.

When asked if Ross would be coming to the marketplace, Robyn Young, spokeswoman for the developer, wrote in an e-mail that the Arizona-based shopping center developer only announces retailers once they’ve signed leases.

“We have currently announced all of the leases that are signed,” she wrote in an e-mail Thursday. “…Ross is a fantastic retailer and we’d love to have them at Rayzor Ranch but, I don’t have anything to share regarding Ross, today.”

On Thursday, RED announced Dillard’s as its first store for the Rayzor Ranch Town Center, which is located across U.S. Highway 380 from the marketplace.

It is unclear at this time if Dillard’s will be moving from the Golden Triangle Mall or if it would be a second location.

–Rachel Mehlhaff

Second Mooyah opens on Halloween at 11 a.m.

Contributed photos

A second Mooyah is opening in Denton on Halloween.

The new Denton restaurant will be at 2530 West University Drive, Suite 1100 inside the Rayzor Ranch Marketplace.

A former U.S. Marine, Aaron White, is the franchisee of the new Mooyah. He also owns two other Mooyah restaurants in Richardson and Allen, according to a press release.

The new restaurant will include a special communal seating area and front counter where guests can be a part of their made-to-order meals. Created with Denton college students in mind, the new restaurant will also have a soft seating area with lounge chairs with free wireless Internet, the news release said.

 Hours will be 11a.m. to 10 p.m. weekly.

The first Mooyah, opened in town at the Denton Town Center, 2215 S. Loop 288, Ste. 300, in late March.

For more information, visit http://mooyah.com.


Texas Health Resources and Healthways unveil wellness program, new partnership

Texas’s Health Resources, the region’s largest health care system in terms of patients served, entered in a 10-year agreement with Healthways, a health and well-being improvement company to improve the way health care is accessed and delivered in North Texas.

Remarks from Texas Health Resources CEO Douglas Hawthorne

Read: Press release

More information to follow in Wednesday’s paper