ROUNDUP: The most popular DFW-area stories from this past week

Starship Technologies offered its robot delivery service at The University of Texas at Dallas this school year. (Courtesy Liz Wigglesworth)
Starship Technologies offered its robot delivery service at The University of Texas at Dallas this school year. (Courtesy Liz Wigglesworth)

Starship Technologies offered its robot delivery service at The University of Texas at Dallas this school year. (Courtesy Liz Wigglesworth)

Here are five recent updates from the metroplex, on businesses starting back up, people out of work and more.

Food, grocery delivery robots slated to launch soon in Frisco

Starship Technologies presented information during the Frisco City Council's work session May 5 on the company’s plans to contract with local merchants to offer deliveries through its robots.

Frisco restaurants, retailers find success on first day of reopening

Frisco restaurants and retailers took different approaches to reopening at no more than 25% capacity May 1 and saw different results in their first day under Gov. Greg Abbott's latest order.



Richardson residents, business owners react to first day of economy's reopening

Despite Gov. Abbott’s orders allowing some restaurants and businesses to fully reopen May 1, many in Richardson remained apprehensive amid the pandemic.

State agency: More than 11,000 Plano residents try to claim unemployment benefits; 1 in 5 ineligible

More than 11,000 people living in Plano ZIP codes have claimed unemployment benefits, the Texas Workforce Commission reported.

‘It’s like we’re all going back to normal’: May 1 reopening draws customer support for McKinney businesses

Many businesses and restaurants in McKinney cautiously reopened May 1 under Gov. Abbott’s orders, prompting a show of support from residents.

Daniel Houston, Elizabeth Uclés, Makenzie Plusnick, Miranda Jaimes, Olivia Lueckemeyer and William C. Wadsack contributed to this report.



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George A. Purefoy Municipal Center (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
Frisco's first, only city manager George Purefoy projected to retire next year, city says

Purefoy has overseen execution of laws and the day-to-day administrative affairs for 34 years.

Three Empires Brewing Co. is projected to open this fall at the Main Street Food Hall, 9145 John W. Elliott Drive, Frisco. (Courtesy Three Empires Brewing Co.)
Three Empires Brewing Co. eyes fall opening in Frisco’s Main Street Food Hall

The brewery will have indoor seating and a large, outside patio and beer garden behind the building.

Mesero has six locations across the metroplex, with a seventh on the way in Southlake. (Courtesy Mesero)
Tex-Mex restaurant may come to Southlake; African fusion eatery opens in Frisco and more DFW-area news

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

Nerdvana Frisco completed renovations in May at 5757 Main St., Ste. 112, Frisco. (Courtesy Nerdvana Frisco)
Nerdvana Frisco renovates, adds second bar

The newly renovated space now features a second bar complete with video game options and more space for tabletop gaming.

Gidi Bar & Grill is now open in Frisco. (Courtesy Gidi Bar & Grill)
Gidi Bar & Grill opens in west Frisco

The restaurant serves African fusion meals and a full bar with music and an entertaining atmosphere.

Men's T Clinic opened June 14 at 5000 Eldorado Parkway, Ste. 420, Frisco. (Courtesy Men's T Clinic)
Men's T Clinic opens location in north Frisco

The facility offers a variety of healthcare services for men.

Councilwoman Angelia Pelham embraces Mayor Jeff Cheney after being sworn in to Frisco City Council. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
Angelia Pelham sworn in as newest Frisco City Council member

Above the challenges, Pelham underscored the importance of moving beyond the campaign and beginning to govern.

Tony Felker, Frisco Chamber of Commerce president and CEO (far left), interviews a panel of Frisco leaders during the 2021 State of the City Luncheon. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
Ron Patterson announces move to Frisco deputy city manager at State of the City luncheon

“The last 3 1/2 years of working with this EDC team have been incredible,” Patterson said during his announcement.

Texas Central has signed a $16 billion contract with Webuild to lead the civil construction team that will build the train. (Rendering courtesy Texas Central)
Texas Central signs $16B construction contract for high-speed rail project

Texas Central could be one step closer to starting construction.

Frisco ISD is slated to receive nearly $10.8 million in extra state funding for next year’s budget as a result of state legislative action. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Frisco ISD expects to receive extra $10.8 million from state for 2021-22 budget

Frisco ISD proposes using the extra funding to create a free, onsite employee health clinic and to give teacher raises and one-time employee stipends, among other items...

Rubyz Day Spa has opened in a new location in Frisco. (Courtesy Rubyz Day Spa)
Rubyz Day Spa moves to new location in west Frisco

Rubyz Day Spa provides facials, body treatments, waxing, threading, spa packages and other specialty services as well as customizable treatments.

See how voter turnout for local elections in Frisco have changed over the years. (Community Impact staff)
Voter turnout in Frisco plunges from November to May elections

While local elections allow residents to decide who will represent them on issues such as fixing local roads, repairing sidewalks, setting trash pickup rates and reviewing developments, it is not easy to get people to vote in these races, said Janice Schieffer, vice president of voter service for the League of Women Voters of Collin County.