Dickey's Barbecue Pit coming to Frisco and more DFW-area news

The location will be owned by local entrepreneurs and husband and wife Jesse and Mary Rose Merin. (Courtesy Dickey's Barbecue Pit)
The location will be owned by local entrepreneurs and husband and wife Jesse and Mary Rose Merin. (Courtesy Dickey's Barbecue Pit)

The location will be owned by local entrepreneurs and husband and wife Jesse and Mary Rose Merin. (Courtesy Dickey's Barbecue Pit)

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.


Dickey's Barbecue Pit opening third Frisco location in September

Dickey's Barbecue Pit will open in North Frisco in September at 1525 US 380. The fast-casual barbecue franchise offers smoked meats and sides. Dickey's has two other Frisco restaurants.


Walnut Dental relocates to new practice in Richardson

Walnut Dental started seeing patients Aug. 18 at its new office at 810 N. Plano Road, Ste. 210, Richardson. The practice, previously located at 9751 Walnut St., Ste. 100, Richardson, offers general and family dental services, including cosmetic dentistry, implants and crowns and bridges.


Loyal customers and a quick pivot helped Plano restaurant Taste of Thai 'tread water' during pandemic

Across Plano, Michael Lentini’s friends who own restaurants have been hit hard financially by the pandemic. Some have reached revenue levels that are 40% or further below their pre-coronavirus levels, he said.

But due to a combination of having the right product, loyal customers and the ability to pivot quickly, Lentini’s Plano restaurant, Taste of Thai, is down only 25% since fears of the virus prompted more residents to stay at home and led governments to restrict dine-in activity.

JCPenney adds Plano's Collin Creek Mall location to list of permanent closures

The JCPenney store at Collin Creek Mall, located at 821 North Central Expressway, Plano, will close permanently this fall.

Liquidation of the store will begin Sept. 3, according to a statement from JCPenney, and the store is expected to close in mid-November.


Storming Crab to open in former Fuddrucker’s location in McKinney

Fuddrucker’s in McKinney has permanently closed, and in its place, Storming Crab, a new Cajun restaurant, will open.


Havertys to open new Southlake storefront in August

Havertys will open its new Southlake storefront Aug. 21 at 250 N. Kimball Ave., Southlake, which is a former Toys “R” Us location. The storefront covers over 33,000 square feet. Customers will be able to seek design consultations and items to outfit their kitchens, dining rooms, living areas, bedrooms, home offices and media centers.

Liesbeth Powers, Makenzie Plusnick, Daniel Houston, Elizabeth Ucles, Miranda Jaimes and Gavin Pugh contributed to this report.


Dr. Jennifer Shuford, infectious disease medical officer for the Texas Department of State Health Services, said getting the flu shot is the "single most important thing" that a person can do to prevent themselves from getting influenza and its complications. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Experts advise planning for Frisco's winter flu season during COVID-19

Bent Tree Family Physicians founder Dr. Guy L. Culpepper called this a “horrible year” to get the flu because many doctor’s offices will prefer to treat anyone with fever through televisits or drive-thru testing lines.

The Lab.ms is set to open in Richardson's Innovation Quarter on Dec. 1. (Courtesy The Lab.ms)
New maker space opens in Richardson and more DFW-area updates

Here are some of the most recent business and event updates from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

On Oct. 29, the counties reported a combined total of 4,055 active COVID-19 cases: 2,931 in Denton County and 1,124 in Collin County. (Community Impact staff)
DATA: Denton and Collin counties see rises in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks

Collin and Denton counties have seen an increase in new cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks. Oct. 29 marked a new high in the recent surge with 1,124 active cases—the most since the height of the pandemic’s wave in the county in August, when there were more than 4,700 active cases in a single day.

The Collin College campus in Frisco has been the city's most popular site for early voting so far. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Oct. 30 is last day for Frisco voters to cast early ballots

Oct. 30 is the last day for Frisco voters to join the nearly 77,000 people who have voted in person at city polling locations since the beginning of early voting.

Larry Parks, president of district’s board of directors, speaks about the amended wholesale water services contract Oct. 29 in Wylie. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
North Texas Municipal Water District member cities agree to new rate structure

A new agreement on the North Texas Municipal Water District’s rate structure will allow cost sharing to be phased in for Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Richardson and its other member cities over the next 13 years.

Less than a week ahead of the Nov. 3 Election Day, Cihan Varol, an associate professor with Sam Houston State University's Cyber Forensics Intelligence Center, shared insight on foreign election hacking and what it means for voters. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Q&A: Sam Houston State University cyber forensics intelligence expert talks foreign election hacking ahead of Nov. 3

"There is a very slim chance that the hackers can change vote count, but they can definitely influence people to believe that they did manipulate it," Cihan Varol said. "If election fraud is going to happen, it'll be because of disinformation."

Face coverings are not required for those entering polling places in Texas during the general election. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
UPDATED: U.S. appeals court pauses decision voiding face covering exemption at polling places

The court temporarily stayed a district judge's decision to void an exemption to Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide face covering order concerning polling places.

Collin College recently announced Craig Leverette will serve as the new campus provost of the school's Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco. (Courtesy Collin College)
Collin College names new provost for Frisco campus

Collin College recently appointed Craig Leverette to serve as the new campus provost of the school's Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco.

Preston Estates was built out in 1988-97. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Preston Estates is this month's featured neighborhood in Frisco

Preston Estates is an established neighborhood located west of Preston Road on both sides of Meadow Hill Drive.

The Frisco Planning & Zoning Commission approved a site plan for city park and public trail northeast of the intersection at SH 121 and Spring Creek Parkway Oct. 27. (Site plan courtesy city of Frisco)
Frisco Planning & Zoning Commission approves site plan for city park, public trail

A city park and public trail on the west end of Frisco got their first approval from the Frisco Planning & Zoning Commission Oct. 27.

Exide Technologies’ battery recycling plant operations were located right next to Stewart Creek, as seen in this 2013 photo. All of the buildings at the site have since been taken down, but contamination of the site remains. (Courtesy Exide Technologies)
Frisco takes ownership of former Exide site, plans to resume cleanup

Frisco and its Community Development Corp. announced Oct. 27 that they had taken ownership of 102 acres where the former Exide Technologies battery recycling plant operated for decades.