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


Local massage therapy office expanding


Soma Massage Therapy is working to open its third treatment room inside its office at 529 Malone St the next few days.

The company moved out of owner Amber Briggle’s home to the office on Malone Street in 2013, with two treatment rooms, an office and a waiting room. This is the first expansion since Soma’s moved out of Briggle’s home.

The company will celebrate the addition in a grand re-opening Saturday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with free henna tattoos, cookies and wine.

Attendees can also get discounts on one hour massage gift certificates, a six pack of one hour massages and there will be a raffle for a free massage. More information on the event is available on Facebook.

Peterbilt expansion moves to phase two

Peterbilt factory

The first phase of Peterbilt‘s expansion project is now complete, and the company has received clearance from the city to add another 17,000 square feet.

The addition will be for receiving materials on the west side of the plant, and should be done by early 2016, said Leon Handt, assistant general manager of operations.

Before this work started, the building added dock doors. Next up will be adding new storage for painted parts, and a retrieval system. That chunk of work, the third and final phase of the project, is still on track to start in October and be done by Sept. 2016, Handt said.

Because of the scope of the project, the city offered Peterbilt a tax abatement to get the $23 million project done.

Denton Village expanding

Senior living and assisted living community Good Samaritan Society Denton Village is adding a $2.2 million expansion.

The addition will be the Community Life Enrichment and Wellness Center for their more than 100 residents.

With the addition, the community will get a chapel, fitness center, medical examination room, technology center and a community event space. This will add 4,439 square feet for the chapel, and re-purpose another 4,654 square feet.

The community, on Hinkle Drive near Kroger and the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo grounds, has senior living apartments and townhomes, as well as assisted living center.

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.

New manufacturing develop coming this fall

A new manufacturing and office space being built in Denton.

A new manufacturing and office space being built in Denton.

A new industrial and office space set to open this fall has landed Quality Industries Inc. as the development’s anchor.

The precision metalworking company has signed a long-term lease for 86,500 square feet of manufacturing and office space, that will house at least 40 new employees, according to a press release from the company. Quality Industries is expected to move in November of this year.

Currently, they have a manufacturing facility on West University Drive, with 18,000 square feet with 26 full time employees and another 15 temporary workers.

“This significant expansion in our manufacturing and office facilities will strengthen our supply chain capacities and services for our customers in the Denton area, the state of Texas, and throughout south central and southwestern United States,” said Warren Hayslip, Quality Industries’ CEO and president in a press release. “We expect the expansion will be followed with additional investments to further solidify our presence in Texas and expand into other parts of North America.”

Local developer The Martino Group is heading the project, while Links Construction is the general contractor and the space is being leased by Axis Realty Group.

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 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.

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.