ROUNDUP: How DFW businesses are faring amid COVID-19

The business opened in the Richardson Heights Shopping Center 16 years ago. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact)
The business opened in the Richardson Heights Shopping Center 16 years ago. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact)

The business opened in the Richardson Heights Shopping Center 16 years ago. (Makenzie Plusnick/Community Impact)

Here are 10 recent updates on the metroplex business and restaurant community, with stories on new businesses opening, old businesses struggling, owners making innovations and more.

Owner of Aboca's says longtime Richardson restaurant could close if business does not improve

Aboca's Italian Grill has been serving food to the people of Richardson for 16 years. But if business does not pick up, the owner says the restaurant may have to close for good.

Gaylord Texan to reopen Grapevine resort June 8 with new COVID-19 protocols

Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center management announced May 21 that the destination’s doors will reopen June 8.



Keller-based physical rehabilitation hospital set to open in 2020

Expected to open in March, an Everest Rehabilitation Hospital will now open in late 2020 at 955 S. Main St., Keller.

Pigtails and Crewcuts plans to reopen nearly three months after grand opening

Pigtails and Crewcuts received its shipment of personal protective equipment last weekend, more than a month after ordering it; it was one of the final things needed before reopening, according to owner Dale Moore.

IQ Cardio now open in Flower Mound

IQ Cardio opened May 20 at 3305 Long Prairie Road, Flower Mound. The gym offers 30-minute indoor workouts composed of rowing, biking, running and climbing.

New boutique The Fox Den opens in downtown McKinney

The Fox Den opened May 1 in downtown McKinney. The store specializes in selling ladies accessories, apparel, gifts and home decor, owner Cheryl Foxworth said.

Colleyville residents redeemed more than $425,000 worth of city's gift cards with local businesses

Colleyville residents taking advantage of the city's gift card program collectively redeemed more than $425,000 throughout the duration of the program.

Studio Art House offers online lessons, in-person courses in Southlake

Owner Anita Robbins said Art House Studio's Southlake location is offering both online and in-person classes, though the in-person classes are being conducted in smaller groups to allow for social distancing.

Fitness centers reopen at 25% capacity in Keller, Roanoke, Northeast Fort Worth

Gyms and fitness-centered businesses across Keller, Roanoke and Northeast Fort Worth are taking advantage of fewer restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic as part of Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen the state’s economy.

Curbside pickup bringing new customers to Farm2Cook butcher shop

While the coronavirus pandemic caused some significant changes to Farm2Cook’s daily operations, the Frisco butcher shop has been able to continue supplying customers with locally raised meats and grocery products.

Anna Herod, Gavin Pugh, Ian Pribanic, Liesbeth Powers, Makenzie Plusnick, Miranda Jaimes and William C. Wadsack contributed to this report.



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Frisco City Council unanimously approved a request for a new 7-Eleven convenience store to sell alcohol, as the store had previously done when it was a Shell station for 18 years. (Screenshot courtesy city of Frisco)
Frisco City Council OKs request for new 7-Eleven to sell beer, wine

Frisco City Council approved a request for a planned 7-Eleven convenience store to sell beer and wine, as the store had done when it was previously a Shell station for 18 years.

The Texas Education Agency released guidelines about on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions for the 2020-21 school year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Education Agency issues guidelines for 2020-21 school year

The guidelines address on-campus activities, attendance requirements, and health and safety precautions that should be enforced at Texas schools this year.

chamber sign on building
Frisco Chamber of Commerce to livestream State of the City event

The Frisco Chamber of Commerce will offer a free, public livestream of its State of the City panel discussion set for July 14.

Construction on the $4.2 million project could begin as early as October 2021. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Plan to widen Coit Road in North Frisco in the works

Construction on the $4.2 million project could begin as early as October 2021.

In-person appointments for driver license renewal and replacement are now being offered at driver license offices across the state. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas driver license offices reopen for in-person renewal, replacement services

The second phase of reopening announced July 7 expanded services offered at driver license offices.

New guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
New U.S. guidelines require exchange students to take in-person classes this fall

The guidelines released by ICE require foreign students to take mostly in-person classes to stay in the U.S. on education visas.

The Texas Education Agency and Renaissance have partnered to give students unlimited access to enhanced digital books in English and Spanish. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas students given access to thousands of books, news articles for summer reading through TEA partnership

The Texas Education Agency and Renaissance have partnered to give students unlimited access to enhanced digital books in English and Spanish.

The State Fair of Texas is expected to return in 2021. (Courtesy Kevin Brown/State Fair of Texas)
State Fair of Texas cancels 2020 season

This is the eighth time in the fair’s 134-year history that the event has been called off.

The salad restaurant chain offers a variety of salads, or “chops,” with several toppings. (Courtesy Chop Stop)
Salad restaurant chain Chop Stop to open in Frisco in August

Chop Stop is expected to open in August on Parkwood Boulevard.

Pharmacist Emily Smith opens a cooler for a patient to place their self-swab coronavirus test at a Walmart drive-thru testing site in McKinney on June 29. (Shelby Tauber/The Texas Tribune)
Poll says Texans' hopes for quick return to pre-coronavirus life are fading

Texans remain focused on the coronavirus pandemic and are less optimistic about returning the state to normal quickly, according to polling by the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller recently backed a movement calling for the reopening of winery and distillery tasting rooms and brewery and brewpub taprooms. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas agriculture commissioner joins voices calling for reopening of tasting rooms, taprooms

In a letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller said demand from distilleries and breweries provides an important revenue stream to the state's farmers.