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.

Free laundry delivery app now available

A Denton Laundromat is the first in the area to offer pick-up and delivery service through a free smartphone app.

Wash It Kwik at 1825 W. University Drive now offers an app through the Apple App Store or Google Play that allows customers to request laundry service on their smartphone.

Customers can also place orders online. Pick-up and delivery is free, and laundry charges start at $1.39 a pound.

“Doing laundry is a time consuming, never ending problem,” Wash It Kwik owner Bruce Walker said in a press release. “Our new online service gets laundry picked up and cleaned to customer specifications and returned within 24 to 48 hours, without people leaving the comfort of their home.”

The laundry center serves all of Denton County, according to Wash It Kwik’s website.

The app and online system run on software from WashClub, a New York-based tech company that specializes in laundry and dry cleaning delivery.

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.

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.

Some businesses still open despite weather

Cartwright's Ranch House shared this photo on social media to show customers they were still open for business today.

Several area businesses are braving the cold to still serve customers today.

Some spots like West Oak Coffee Bar and Rayzor Ranch Marketplace will open late today, opening at 1:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

For coffee today, check Shift Coffee, Jupiter House Coffee, Cultivar Coffee and West Oak.

Lunch spots are open around the downtown area as well, including: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Industrial Street, Lone Star Attitude Burger Co., Cartwright’s Ranch House, The Loophole, Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, Viet Bites on West Hickory Street, The Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub and Crooked Crust.

Others businesses opted to close because of the weather, including Hickory & Fry, The Chestnut Tree, Hannah’s Off The Square, la di da and Shoe Fly, Garden Gate, The Courthouse Collection and DATCU Credit Union locations.

Additional businesses open today include: Home Depot, Kroger, Midway Mart and Bullseye Bike Shop.

Most businesses are announcing their statuses by posting to their Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, so check online before trekking outside.

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.


Denton’s Opera House for sale

Photo: Karina Ramírez/DRC

The Wright Denton Opera House has been placed for sale.

The property has been listed on for $2,699,000.

“Building began on this project in 1899 from the original bricks of the Denton County Courthouse and [was] fully finished in 1905,” the listing reads.

The building is anchored by Recycled Books Store which has been a tenant in the building since the 1980s.

Real T Team agent Jonathan King is handling the sale.

“We just placed it on the market yesterday,” King said.

Link to listing

2013 Tax-free weekend and local back to school deals

Texans will be able to save the sales tax on most back-to-school items during tax-free weekend scheduled Friday through Sunday Aug. 9-11. For a complete list of tax-exempt items, click here.

The following is a list of back-to-school deals provided by local business owners: (The list will be updated, as businesses announce their deals.)

Barefoot Denton
Barefoot at 207 Elm St. will be offering 20 to 30 percent off during tax-free weekend.
For more information, visit the business’ Facebook page.

J.C. Penney
Friday Aug. 9 and Saturday Aug. 10 with extended store hours – store opens at 9 a.m. Saturday. Kids will receive $10 haircuts and $25 eyeglasses at all the stores’ salons and optical.

The store will offer a free Customization Kit with purchase of a new backpack or pair of sneakers. Each kit includes a variety of craft materials to doodle, embellish and stylize kids’ new shoes and backpacks. Follow #MakeItYours on Instagram and Twitter to see pictures of customer’s creations.

Some of the deals announced includes:  $7.99 for Arizona brand tees, juniors and guys (original price $14 – $16), $12.99 Arizona colored skinny jeans, juniors (original price $24) and $12.99 characters backpacks for kids (original price $30). Blockbuster deals begin 3 p.m. Friday to close time and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The store will also offer $20 off $100 purchase or more, $15 off $75 purchase or more, $10 off $50 purchase or more — on select apparel, shoes, accessories or fine jewelry.

For more information, visit

Fusion Hair Design
Offering 1/2 price kids haircuts (12 years and under) to anyone who donates school supplies. The staff will be collecting supplies to be donated to the Denton County Friends of the Family from  Aug. 13-23.  Walk in’s welcomed but, appointments are recommended. Fusion Hair Design is located at 1400 North Corinth St. Ste. 105 in Corinth. For more information, contact Angela Grubke at 940-497-6677.

Golden Triangle Mall
A listing of stores’ deals, including coupons for tax-free weekend.

Health Services of North Texas 
The nonprofit will be hosting its Back to School Essentials event at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 10. The event is free. For a listing of events, click here.

Lincoln’s Mini Mall
Will has shirts starting at $7, jeans and shoes starting at $10.
For more information, visit the store’s Facebook page.

Rayzor Ranch Marketplace
Here is a full list of stores offering specials during tax-free weekend.

Recutz Barbershop
Free haircuts for students will be provided from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at 525 Fort Worth Drive, Suite 303. College students must show ID unless they are an existing client. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 214-306-3078.

Re-Jenesis Barbershop
The barbershop staff will host its annual Back to School Bash from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at 318 E. Oak St., Ste. 130. Free backpacks and school supplies will be given away to the first 50 students (16 and under). The back-to-school event also includes free haircuts, free food and entertainment. For more information, call 940-808-1280.

Staples will be hosting Teacher Appreciation Day to help teachers get the needed school supplies. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, the first 100 teachers (who are also Staples reward members) will receive a free shopping bag plus 20 percent back in Staples Rewards on everything they can fit in their bag, according to a company news release.

Teachers may also enter for a chance to win a $25 Staples gift card.

This event will take place at the Staples located at  2315 Colorado Blvd., in Suite 160.

Vista Ridge Mall
Vista Ridge Mall in Lewisville will open earlier and close later to accommodate shoppers Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9, 10 and 11, the shopping center will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

During tax-free weekend, Vista Ridge Mall and Christian Community Action of Lewisville (CCA) will ask individuals to stop and donate to the nonprofit’s Apple Tree, a back-to-school program that provides qualifying area students with items needed for the beginning of the school year. Representatives from CCA will be available in the Food Court.

For information, visit

Find & Save
For Denton area local deals visit the Find & Save website.

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