NY Pizza and Pasta to open next week

Smiling Moose Deli and Verus real estate share a building on the corner of West Hickory St and Carroll Blvd Dentonites will soon have another option for pizza in the downtown area, when NY Pizza and Pasta opens next week.

At the corner of West Hickory St. and South Carroll Blvd., the restaurant is taking the spot Smiling Moose Deli, which closed in November last year.

A family from the Bronx owns and will manage the restaurant, said Nexh Nokshiqi, who is helping open and run the restaurant with his father. Of course, they specialize in New York-style pizza, Nokshiqi said.

This will be their second restaurant, with the first in Benbrook. Right now, they are also working to open a third location in Grapevine. They expect to open sometime after Monday, though the exact date has not been set.

Popular retailer H&M coming to Golden Triangle

Earns  H & M

This fall, H&M will open a 23,000 square foot store in Golden Triangle Mall.

The store will be the chain’s fifteenth store in the state, according a press release announcing the new location.

They plan to hire around 30 employees to manage the store, which will feature clothing for men, women and children.

Within the store, there will be sections for maternity, sports apparel, accessories and a plus sized clothing line.

The mall began renovations in early 2013 to update the exterior and interior, and has since signed on several new retailers including Buckle, Zumiez and Charlotte Russe.

Warren Buffett to speak at benefit on April 8

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo, billionaire investor Warren Buffett speaks in Omaha, Neb., at an event to raise money for the Girls Inc., charity organization. Warren Buffett's annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders is always one of the best-read business documents of the year. The 2015 letter, due to be released on Saturday Feb. 28, marks the 50th year of Buffett's leadership. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2011, file photo, billionaire investor Warren Buffett speaks in Omaha, Neb., at an event to raise money for the Girls Inc., charity organization. Warren Buffett’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders is always one of the best-read business documents of the year. The 2015 letter, due to be released on Saturday Feb. 28, marks the 50th year of Buffett’s leadership. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, will speak on the importance of community partnerships at an exclusive Live BIG Benefit Event from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Nebraska Furniture Mart, 5600 Nebraska Furniture Mart Dr. in The Colony.

The benefit event will feature Buffett, live entertainment, food and drinks and a silent auction (including Buffett-signed memorabilia) as guests peek in the retail store – soon to be the largest home furnishing store in America.

Ticket are $75 and proceeds benefit Cancer Support Community North Texas. For more information, visit cancersupporttexas.org.

Neighboring bars open off the Square

Matt Slider (left) and J.B. Paschal at Service Industry on West Hickory Street Tuesday January 7, 2014, in Denton, Tx.

Two new bars arrived right off the Square this week. Service Industry and Muddy Jake’s Sports Grille and Pub are now open for business.

The next door neighbors at 222 W. Hickory St. serve food and drinks every evening, but Muddy Jake’s is also open for lunch.

Service Industry, owned by Matt Slider and JB Paschal, focuses on craft cocktails and a social, yet quiet, atmosphere.

The Hickory Street spot is the second location for Muddy Jake’s, which also operates in Sulphur Springs. General manager Lonnie Fox said the sports bar is hoping to host events, like live music and stand-up comedians.

Read more in this Sunday’s business feature.

New eateries expand southern Denton County cuisine

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Brothers Marty Garvey (left) and Greg Garvey (right) display hamburgers at Jake's Hamburgers in Uptown, which they co-own. This is the McKinney Avenue store location.

Jakes Hamburgers will celebrate its 30th anniversary by opening a new location in Flower Mound at the beginning of April.

The burger joint, which uses meat ground at the Fort Worth Stockyards, will occupy the corner of FM 3040 and Gerault Road. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will include a full bar and patio, with servers and bartenders.

Marty Garvey co-owns the local chain with his brother, Greg.

“We’re looking forward to opening out in Flower Mound,” he said. “There are not quite enough good food options in that part of town, so we feel like it’s a good fit for the town and our restaurant.”

It will be the local chain’s ninth location. For updates, visit jakesuptown.com.

Flower Mound resident Mani Bhushan will open the third location of his fast-casual restaurant Taco Ocho by early summer in the River Walk Market shopping center, next to Market Street. It will serve food inspired by classic Latin cuisine. For more information, visit tacoocho.com.

Since late November, In-N-Out Burgers has been serving its popular west coast style burgers to The Colony. The new 3,750 square foot restaurant is located on the southwest corner of the Sam Rayburn Tollway and Plano Parkway — across from the Nebraska Furniture Mart. For more information, visit in-n-out.com.

Panera Bread will also open near the Grandscape development. City Council approved development plans for a 4,300 square-foot restaurant at its Feb. 17 meeting. The restaurant will be directly west of In-N-Out. According to Planning and Zoning commission minutes, the company plans to start building in late March, open by July. For more information, visit panerabread.com.

Raising Cane’s scheduled to open its first location in The Colony at 3851 Plano Parkway, just south of the other developments, in June.

“I have received feedback from many of our customers that they have been waiting for a Raising Cane’s to open in The Colony, so we believe this is a win for everybody,” Luke Overman, Area Director of Operations said in a press release.

This will be the Louisiana-based chain’s 28th restaurant in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It will be the company’s first location built with new and larger prototype specifications. For more information, visit raisingcanes.com.

Lewisville/Flower Mound editor Adam Schrader can be reached at 214-773-8188 and @schrader_adam on Twitter.

Rayzor Ranch Town Center updates

A rendering of the proposed Rayzor Ranch Town Center in Denton.

More stores and restaurants have signed on to join Rayzor Ranch Town Center, including In-N-Out, Raising Cane’s and Chili’s.

In a meeting with economic development investors last night, Scott Wagner, a vice president with the project’s developer RED Development, said the three restaurants could open in the spring or summer of 2016.

Additionally, the first strip of retail space planned for the town center is more than halfway leased. However, store announcements won’t be made until more of the space is leased. This portion is expected to open by fall 2016.

Cinemark Movie Bistro will now open in 2016 as well. Plans are also still in place to have WinCo Foods be the grocery anchor for the center.

In Wagner’s presentation, he also fielded questions about bringing a higher-end grocery store like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. These “specialty” grocers tend to join projects once they are already established, Wagner said. For example, Whole Foods didn’t join The Shops at Highland Village until 2014, even though the center began opening stores in 2007.

Public infrastructure improvements are set to break ground “soon,” before the buildings start going up, Wagner said.

New Tex-Mex restaurant joining Denton

The entrance of Pedro's Tex-Mex and Grill, located at McKinney St. and Bell Ave.

Pedro’s Tex-Mex and Grill is a few weeks away from opening its third location in Denton at the corner of Bell Ave. and McKinney St.

The restaurant is taking the place of Bosses Pizza & Wings, which closed in late 2014.

This will the be third location for Pedro’s, which first opened in Pilot Point in December 2012. Since then, they’ve opened a location in Aubrey.

The Pilot Point location was named one of top 5 restaurants in DFW by Yelp users, earning consistent five star reviews. You can check out their menu here.

While an opening date hasn’t been set, leadership said they plan to open in about two weeks. They are also still hiring servers. For more information or to apply, call Ryan Colburn at 940-365-2322.

Uber arrives in Denton

Boris Breslav poses for a portrait next to his vehicle on September 19, 2012 at Reverchon Park in Dallas. Breslav is a driver for Uber, a San Francisco based technology company with a mobile app based private car service in Dallas and Denton. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News)

Uber’s move to Denton is now official.

The car-for-hire company launched locally Tuesday morning. As a kick-off promotion, Uber is offering free rides around town through Thursday, Uber representative Debbee Hancock said.

Customers can use the promo code “DentonLove” when requesting rides that start and end in Denton.

The Uber smartphone app allows customers to enter their pickup location and destination to receive an estimated price for the trip. Riders also have a choice of vehicle. Options range from taxis to SUVs and luxury cars.

The app charges the ride directly to a credit or debit card, with the ability to split the fare between multiple riders.

Uber will be an addition to Denton’s main transportation provider, AA Shuttle & Taxi Service.

 

Harvest House looking for help

Harvest House on East Hickory Street in Denton is still under construction.

As new bar and music venue Harvest House is nearing completion, the business is now looking to hire bartenders and baristas.

Set to open in mid-March, the space at 331 East Hickory St. will offer coffee and juices in addition to craft beer, cocktails and live music. More information is in our Dec. 6 story.

Currently, the business is slated to have a grand opening March 13-15, according to their website, and will be open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, and be open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

To apply, send a resume to DentonHarvestHouse@gmail.com.

You can follow the progress of the business at their Facebook page for more information.

Subway on Square closes

The Subway sandwich shop inside the Texas building is now closed.

The Subway sandwich shop on the Denton downtown Square closed Friday, and local business owner John “Sparky” Pearson is now leasing the space.

Now, the storefront will become part of Barley & Board, a new brew pub and restaurant set to open this spring, according to a press release from VERUS Real Estate Advisors, the property management firm for the Texas Building. Renovations are underway for phase of Barley & Board, at the corner storefront of the Texas Building at Oak and Locust streets. Next, it will expand into the Subway space where owners plan to add equipment to brew beer.

Subway opened in the space in April 2013 and drew criticism because it was the first (and only) national chain to open shop on the Square. Despite criticism, the location was doing well and had strong sales, said Bryan Korba of VERUS.