Sunday , 20 May 2018

Chatterbox: The Low Down Around Town

It’s once again time to touch base and catch up our TSB readers on what’s happening around town. BTW, if you know of something we’ve missed, email our editor or just add the information to the comment section at the end of this story.

Downtown McKinney

Great to see some new restaurants popping up around the square. Mellow Mushroom seems to be hopping every night, although some of the waitstaff needs some serious training. I mean serious training. Mellow Mushroom is located at 218 E. Louisiana St.

Bien Salsa has opened, serving up scrumptious, authentic Mexican food, where the old Ruggeri’s and Mama Emilia’s were located. Featuring a couple of menu items that are sold as street food in areas of Mexico, I found the offerings to be unique and extremely tasty – the mole enchiladas are to die for. Their chic digs are located at  119 W Virginia St. Evidently, Bien Salsa can serve up what the former occupants couldn’t — good food!


Construction at Emporium Pies, 107 S. Tennessee in downtown McKinney, was held up by city required permits. They say they anticipate opening just before Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, pies for pick up on Wed., Nov. 27  can be ordered from their website. Happy Thanksgiving!

Brother’s Pizza will bring their hot and tasty New York Style pizza joint to Virginia St. Word is it will feature a “slice bar” perfect for those late-night hankerings. I gotta say, I love me some pizza delivery and for those of you who live in the historic district, you will now have another option for delivery!  Yay!

Speaking of food, Amatos on the Square, 216 E. Virginia, has been open a few weeks. A family owned business, owner-chef Scott Amato  is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America New York and the food he prepares focuses on Italian cuisine. Everything is made in- house. Have you tried the cheesecake? I’m just sayin’.

Bayou Jacks looks like it’s a long-while from opening its cajun doors on Louisiana St. (Next to Mellow Mushroom).

Beyond downtown McKinney, business is booming and growth continues.

In Adriatica: 

Over in Adriatica-land, a high end, gourmet sport bar, Harry’s on the Harbor, will open in the village, according to the developer. They will serve up, we are told, some great steaks. Word from those in the know is that the restaurant should open in December.

Marianne’s Custom Florals is already open for business. Located on the bottom floor of the condos on the harbor area, 6675 Mediterranean St. Marianne’s offers fresh and silk arrangements and mention that you saw their ad on the TSB Flyerboard and receive 50 percent off your fall purchase!

Also in Adriatica, the Sanctuary, a combination event venue, featuring a party space large enough for you and 340 of your closest friends, and guitar store (Guitar Sanctuary) will be opening by the end of this month, just in time for the holidays. According to owner and developer George Fuller, the stage inside the event venue will be perfect for concerts and a variety of special productions. Sterling Catering, another Rick Wells (of Rick’s Chop House) venture, will do the onsite catering for events.


Fuller said, “I wanted a big area where people in the music business who want to demo their wares could actually do a concert. It’s also a place where our guitar students can perform in public. This (building an event venue) is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.”

The folks at Adriatica are also negotiating with a winery that manufacturers its own wine. If negotiations play out, the venue would be a working winery which would also sell sandwiches. Wouldn’t it be the bomb to have another lunch choice on the west side of town?

More new homes are also coming to the area soon. Work on the condos on the Harbor continues, with eight already sold, six are actually housing residents at this time.

Around McKinney: 

Construction of the Bahama Bucks Original Shaved Ice Company, located at 2783 Virginia Parkway (near the intersection of  Hardin Rd.) is coming along nicely, although, according to their website, opening is still to be determined.

In Craig Ranch, a new speculative office building is going up and it’s the first large multi-tenant office building planned for Craig Ranch. VanTrust Real Estate LLC is building the three-story building in its McKinney Corporate Center in Craig Ranch.

Traxxas’ approximately $40 million state-of the-art  building is now complete. The facility is located at 6250 Traxxas Way, just off Stacy Rd., in Craig Ranch.

Commercial property fronting Custer Road between Collin McKinney and Tour Drive will be converted to residential. In addition, the land north of Stacy Road, along Custer, will be used for multi-family, residential and retail in response to the developer told City Council is a “high market demand.”

That’s it for now, peeps. Till next time,


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