Earl’s 377 sets opening date


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.

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:


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

courtesy photo

courtesy photo

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.


Killer’s Tacos now open

A photo of offerings at Killer's Tacos. COURTESY PHOTO

A photo of offerings at Killer’s Tacos. COURTESY PHOTO

There’s another taco joint in town: Killer’s Tacos.

The spot fully opened last week at 424 Bryan St. and features specialty and street style tacos, as well as quesadillas and salads.

Currently, the restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday.

Previously, the Whitehouse occupied the space until it closed in November last year. Take a look at Killer’s menu below:


Dix Coney Island now open

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

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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


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

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.