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.

Total Wine & More coming to Denton

Total Wine & More in Lewisville.

Total Wine & More in Lewisville.

After months of rumors, Total Wine & More will officially come to Denton Crossing, the development’s owner announced today.

The store will be 24,000 square feet and located between Best Buy and TJ Maxx in the center and is expected to open late this fall.

Since selling hard liquor in Denton was legalized and implemented in January, multiple smaller store fronts have opened, like Liquor Outpost and Imperial Ale & Spirits. This will be the first chain to open in the city. Currently, the closest Total Wine & More is in Lewisville.

In the release by Retail Properties of America, they also noted that the Kroger inside of the shopping center will undergo an expansion, adding just over 18,000 square feet.

Wandervan launching this weekend


Newcomer transportation company Wandervan will launch service this weekend at 5 p.m. Friday.

The company has two Ford Ecoline vans that carry up to six passengers, and a booking app for people to use on their phones.

Through the application, users can request a ride and track in real time when their driver will arrive.

The company will only provide rides within city limits, and will be available 24 hours a day. You can learn more about the company and their launch on their Facebook page.

Drunken Donkey craft beer bar open

The sign behind the bar at Drunken Donkey Denton.

The sign behind the bar at Drunken Donkey Denton. 

Craft beer bar and grill Drunken Donkey opened today at Unicorn Lake.

This is the company’s third location since it was founded in 2014. The bar took the place of Pourhouse at 3350 Unicorn Lake Blvd.

This location features more than 145 beers on tap and more than 60 bottles of beer as well. The menu is the same as the other two locations, featuring typical bar fare like wings, burgers and specialty items like grilled quail and roasted duck.

The bar will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and you can follow their daily specials and new beers on Facebook.

Construction to start this month on Rayzor Ranch Town Center


RED Development, the company behind the much-anticipated Rayzor Ranch Town Center, announced they will start construction on the project by the end of the month.

They also announced the first round of retailers: WinCo Foods, Chili’s, Raising Cane’s, In-N-Out Burger, Envy Spa, Great Clips, Penn Station subs and Sleep Number.

Prior to today’s release, the company only confirmed publicly that Cinemark Movie Bistro would join the project. However, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported that WinCo Foods was vying for the space last December. We also reported in February that In-N-Out Burger, Chili’s and Raising Cane’s were joining the project.

When that was announced in 2014, it was estimated the project will open this summer. It is slated to be a high-end retail development similar to the Shops at Highland Village.

A press release from the company did not outline a timeline for the project, or when the stores could potentially open.

One downtown biz gone, another on the way out


Courthouse Collection is now officially closed, after having its last day on the Denton Square Saturday, May 9.

Now, owner Karen Wilson is in the process of moving the store to Krum.

Around the corner, owners of W Douglas Antiques are also preparing to close, but are Shirley and Tom Carrigan aren’t opening another location. Rather, they are retiring to Little Rock, Arkansas after 20 years on the Square.

Their last day in business will be Saturday, May 16. Another retail shop is planning to take its place, called The Palm Tree Boutique.

The store will undergo renovations before opening late this summer, featuring women’s clothing and accessories. The shop has a large online presence, and a storefront in Victoria.


Barbecue bash tomorrow for Dickey’s opening


The newest Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will open inside Rayzor Ranch Shopping Center Thursday, April 16, according to a press release from the company.

The first 50 guests at the location, which opens at 11 a.m., will win a gift card worth up to $50.

The celebration will continue into Friday and Saturday as well.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, disc jockeys from New Country 96.3 will be at the location. During that time, one guest will win a $500 gift card, and three people will win free barbecue for a year. Additionally, the store will offer $2 pulled pork sandwiches.

On Saturday, there will be free merchandise giveaways throughout the day.

The location is at 2530 West University Drive, suite 1110.


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.