Denton misplaced a number of beloved companies this 12 months as robust restrictions and mandated closures impacted vital sections of our economic system, from the service trade to stay music venues.
Whereas many discovered methods to adapt, right here’s a have a look at how the enterprise panorama modified in 2020.
The primary main neighborhood blow of the pandemic got here when SCRAP Denton introduced it was struggling to pay hire and subsequently introduced the creative reuse shop would be closing permanently. Though a nonprofit, SCRAP’s closure was Denton’s first main native storefront to shutter from COVID-19 in June. The shop and workspace opened in 2012.
The next month, Free Play Denton, an arcade and craft beer bar, announced it would close. The favored spot was filled with retro arcade and pinball video games, however house owners couldn’t work out a deal to remain within the spot with the owner. All year long, Denton misplaced different hands-on, activity-driven companies corresponding to Escaping the Sq., the Breakroom and Supply Gaming Lounge.
Some companies discovered methods to pivot to on-line, taking away the in-store shopping expertise however maintaining the enterprise sustainable by the pandemic: Mad World Records, Freaks and Geeks and Popcorn Junction. Others closed their retailers in Denton however nonetheless had different places and on-line shops: Denton Buying and selling Co. shut its doorways, however Roanoke Buying and selling Co. continues to be round, and Market on Oak maintains a storefront in Grapevine.
A few of the empty storefronts have new life, although. Downtown has added More Fun Toys!, only a few doorways down from its sister enterprise, Extra Enjoyable Comics & Video games. There’s additionally a brand new present store on the Sq., 3 Needs Market, and Tried and True Salon is now open on Oak Road. And simply east of the Sq., Gangnam Rooster, a Korean fried rooster restaurant, is now open.
Juice Lab additionally needed to shut its storefront amid the pandemic however was capable of pivot, and the enterprise is now working in a meals truck parked at Mulberry Road Cantina.
With the adversity bars confronted this 12 months, Vinyl Lounge defied all odds and was capable of open for enterprise in October. The cocktail bar options ’60s- and ’70s-inspired decor and boasts a various assortment of over 1,600 vinyl information.
The Cookie Crave, a regionally owned, allergy-friendly cookie store, additionally opened its doorways amid the pandemic.
Herf’s Denton County Taphouse, the primary bar within the Rayzor Ranch space, opened slightly below two weeks after Denton County reported the primary confirmed case of the coronavirus. The craft beer bar is open and serving curated craft beers, ciders and wines in addition to growlers to go.
Some beloved eating places closed completely in 2020: Cartwright’s Cafe (though Cartwright’s Ranch Home stays open), Swine and Backyard meals truck and Luigi’s Italian Restaurant, although the latter was strategic because the restaurant has rebranded itself as North Level Cafe. A slew of chain eating places additionally closed their doorways: Bone Daddy’s, Johnny Carino’s, Zoës Kitchen and Potbelly Sandwich Store.
Denton additionally misplaced what was named the most effective espresso retailers in America by Meals & Wine journal: Cryptozoology. The north facet of city did get the primary espresso store within the Fool’s Hill space, The Mug. The cellular trailer serves up espresso and espresso drinks in addition to teas and kid-friendly choices.
Others managed to seek out methods to nonetheless open. Pepitas, an all-vegan restaurant, was deliberate to be a full restaurant however is now co-located with sister enterprise Milpa Cantina. In different vegan information, Denton additionally gained Mashup Market, an all-vegan grocery store with contemporary, frozen and pantry objects.
With bars altering licenses to function as eating places, meals vehicles turned an integral a part of the economic system reopening. In Denton, we added a wholesome quantity, together with Mudea’s Cafe, Streets Eats Catering, MiSeoul and Feta’s gyro truck.