Movie Tavern announces expansion

Movie Tavern, Thursday, April 12, 2012, in Denton, Texas. DAVID MINTON/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Movie Tavern, Thursday, April 12, 2012, in Denton, Texas. DAVID MINTON/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Denton’s Movie Tavern theater announced Wednesday plans for space expansion and interior upgrades.

Updates to the dine-in cinema are scheduled to be completed early in 2016 and will include:

  • Five additional full-service auditoriums, bringing the total number of screens to nine
  • Luxury recliners with call buttons in all auditoriums
  • Complete wine, beer and signature drinks list
  • New casual dining menu
  • All-reserved stadium seating

The lobby and bar area will also be renovated, as well as the building’s exterior and marquee. The complex is expected to double in size, increasing the seating capacity to 1,050 seats.

The theater plans to stay open for business during the renovations, which should be finished in time for the premier of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in March.

Movie Tavern opened in 2005 as one of the Dallas-based company’s first theaters serving food and drinks during film screenings.

New eateries expand southern Denton County cuisine

Dallas, McKinney Avenue, Flower Mound, The Colony, neighborsgo

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Peterbilt expansion gets city incentives

Inside the Peterbilt factory in Denton, Texas.

Peterbilt will soon begin a $23 million expansion of its current plant in Denton, now with the help of a tax abatement from the city.

The Denton City Council approved a 70 percent tax abatement for eight years in last night’s meeting, which means the company will get about $822,000 in incentives.

In the presentation, details of the plan and Peterbilt’s expansion were explained by Aimee Bissett, director of economic development for the city.

The expansion comes after the company added 500 jobs in 2014, and so far this year have already added 200. In 2014, their production levels increased 32 percent. When they opened in Denton in 1980, they had just 83 employees. You can read more about Peterbilt’s history in Denton here.

The expansion will add 17,500 square feet to the property to help increase production.

Golden Triangle Mall sign demolished

This morning, mall, city, and community representatives said good-bye to the old Golden Triangle Mall sign. The sign has been part of the mall since its opening in the early 80s.

Video by Karina Ramirez

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.

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.

Whataburger opening Saturday

Whataburger will be celebrating their grand opening in Denton on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The new restaurant is located at 2420 W. University Dr. in Denton near the intersection of W. University Dr. and N. Bonnie Brae St.

According to a press release, grand opening festivities include a free Whataburger for the first 50 customers (dine-in) at 2 and 3 p.m. and a live radio remote from Chris Sommers of 99.5 The Wolf.

A $300 donation will also be provided to Our Daily Bread, a community soup kitchen that provides free meals to the homeless and needy in Denton.

Construction of the new Whataburger was completed in approximately three months. The restaurant opened on Oct. 4 and has brought approximately 60 new jobs to the city, said the release.

For more information, call 940-387-6505.

Existing and new Rayzor Ranch businesses

We drove around the city today and took a couple of photos of existing businesses and new ones coming to the Rayzor Ranch Center.