We're 3/4th's of the way through 2015 already and several of the new businesses we were anticipating for the year are either already open or about to be and most of 'em are pretty darned awesome. In addition, we've got a few new announcements (and some rumors below) for this month's peek into the Denton business world. Read on to learn more!
Both Tex Tapas and 940's are now open and serving food and more. The former is the new small plates-focused restaurant on Industrial St. from the same people that brought us Rooster's Roadhouse. 940's is the restaurant from Midlake's McKenzie Smith. After their "Late Night Launch," 940's is now offering a full dinner menu. We've enjoyed our time at both so far and hope to have posts up about each of them soon.
A couple blocks east on Oak St., Barley and Board is now serving brunch on Saturdays. In addition, last week they unveiled their first homebrew dubbed "double bean tripel." If you haven't stopped by to get a cheese board, stuffed dates, or their delicious cheeseburger, we suggest you do so soon. Check out our coverage of the place here.
Keiichi has a fancy new sign out front that will make Denton's best-kept-secret a little more high profile. They also lost their marquee so they are no longer a "__p_anese restaurant," which is honestly slightly disappointing.
In the world of future openings, Bearded Monk, Denton's new (and foreseeable amazing) new growler stop should be open later today or this week. Summit Climbing Gym (and yoga studio) hopes to open in November. We stopped by and checked out the space last week, and while it seems as if they still have a lot of work to do, talking to the owners and operators got us pretty jazzed about the space. Also, did you know that climbing walls get shipped in from overseas? Weird, huh?
In the world of closings, both OC burger and Amitea have ceased operations. The Denton Record Chronicle reported last month that Amitea's location on N. Locust might become a beer/wine store and we haven't heard anything concrete yet about OC Burger's location by Bet the House. In addition, Wax and Lash Bar closed a few weeks ago. Lucky Locks Beauty Bar will take the place of Wax and Lash Bar.
Sprocket's on Hickory has changed hands. Brandon Dupre is the new owner and the shop will continue on with the same business model. However, NV Cupcakes has stopped operating inside. Their only location is now the Corinth location.
After being ousted due to highway construction in their old location, Taco Cabana has now opened up in their location at Rayzor Ranch. So if you've been jonesing for some fun times late night at the salsa bar, they're waiting for you. They'll have an opening party on Saturday, October 3rd.
And if you didn't already have enough places to purchase alcohol from in Denton, Lone Star Taps and Caps will open their Denton location next to New York Pizza and Pasta by the end of the year. Their Lewisville location is pretty great so we're excited for this one to open before the end of the year hopefully.
Brick Haus Collective, an artist organization and incubator, had an opening party earlier this month. And with Oxide closing earlier this year, we need all the art-related places we can get (and need to support them). Interested parties can rent one of their communal studio spaces, too. More info on them here.
The Denton Record Chronicle will be moving operations next year from their spot downtown on Hickory St. The piece of land where they currently operate will be sold and most likely turned into apartments. They probably won't have parking issues with Harvest House patrons anymore, though.
Y'all know that ugly building on Elm at Congress by The Cupboard? The one that's been vacant for what seems like forever? It is currently being renovated and while we've heard many rumors, it now seems that local foodie visionary and queen of pop ups, Pam Chittenden will be operating some sort of food-related business in the space that once held Winchell's Donuts. Whether that will be some sort of very small restaurant serving what has come to be lovingly known as "Pamfood," or not remains to be seen, but we can probably get excited no matter what.