The Denton openings/closings are just too much to keep up with. We use Evernote to keep track of all sorts of stuff that has happened in town and then load up our notes when it is time to write. And even then - in the short span of just a month - when we re-read our notes, we're kinda like, "Oh yeah. That happened." Dirt moves quick in Denton County, y'all. Read on for the local wheelings and dealings in this month's Denton Business Update.
So let's start out on a positive note. We finally got to check out Altitude Trampoline Park and that place is amazing (if you are a child). It will definitely be a much-needed respite from the heat for kiddos looking to have fun in the hot summer months.
The last time we talked, we reported that Service Industry was to close down for a short bit to revamp things. Well, they've revamped and are back open. Oh, and they're now a sushi restaurant, too. Sushi Motto, the kinda awesome sushi restaurant from Lillian Miller (close to the aforementioned Altitude Trampoline Park) has opened another location inside Service Industry which is just called Motto. We are super pumped to have accessible sushi on the square. The schedule seems somewhat confusing, but we will lay it down the best we can. Monday through Saturday, they will be serving lunch from 11:30am - 2pm and dinner from 4:30pm - 9:30pm during which times you can order from both the sushi and Service Industry menus. After 9:30pm (and from 4:30 onwards) they are still open, but will only be serving from the Service Industry menu. Additionally, every Sunday they have karaoke and every Friday and Saturday they will have DJ's at 10pm. So there's a whole lot going on down that little alcove off of Hickory St. now.
Hickory and Fry, the bar at...Hickory and Fry has ceased operations. While we did kinda dig what that place was putting out (read: where the hell are we gonna get our kangaroo nachos now?), we may be at the point to create rumors about this area being a cursed-location due to due to how things went down on Fry St. last decade. We shall see...
Cinemark Bistro backed out of Rayzor Ranch Town Center because it is Rayzor Ranch Town Center. On the flipside, Movie Tavern is moving along at a considerable pace with their additions. In fact, the Movie Tavern development is moving along so quickly that the construction on University Drive seems to be going in reverse in comparison.
Ground has broken on the Denton Convention Center, y'all. Get ready for gun conventions, geode conventions, and probably more gun conventions in your very near future.
In the time since we last spoke, Tex Tapas, the local tapas joint, has closed and reopened. Tex Tapas is now not only serving small plates, but also entree-sized portions. We're excited to go back and try out the new dishes.
The house on Normal St. that was once The Whitehouse (and Art Six before that) looks like it is on the way to become another Denton taco joint. Or so we've heard. We still need confirmation, since the only thing we've seen in there is some dry wall leaning up against the windows and a sign on the door. See something, say something, y'all. UPDATE: Killer's Tacos seems to be in a soft-opening phase in the space at 424 Bryan. Based upon their menu, they appear to be a new gringo taco shop with some interesting looking options. We're excited to check it out ASAP. We've got their menu previewed below. The "sofaking cheesey" looks interesting to us. It has cheddar, jack, feta, goat cheese, queso and more all inside a nice tortilla.
Salata, the upscale salad bar at 1221 W. Oak at the U Centre at Fry St. is almost open. We've been awaiting their opening for months - and we're hoping that the area based greens dealer is open in time for kickball/swimsuit season.
Not as recent, but still new to us, a new pizza joint with lots of fanfare has gone in on Teasley in the space that once housed both Si'z and Olive Branch pizzerias. 1776 Teasley is now Jonuzi's Pizza. This place has amazing yelp reviews, and a few excited patrons who can't get enough. We'll probably try them out this weekend when we collapse on the couch at the end of the week and realize we're too tired to cook. We'll keep ya updated.