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.


Frisco ISD received word from the Texas Education Agency that it will not have to make up missed days from last month's storm. (WIlliam Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Frisco ISD will not make up missed days from February storm, district says

Frisco ISD will not make up the missed school days from last month's storm, according to an FISD newsletter.

Cars wait their turn for a vaccine dose at the Texas Motor Speedway, on Feb. 2. The hub was hosted by Denton County Public Health. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)
Denton County opens vaccine signup process to school employees, childcare personnel

Denton County has opened its online COVID-19 vaccine signup tool to school and childcare employees after state and federal health departments cleared the way for this new group to receive the shots.

The restaurant's menu consists of classic Hawaiian lunches, which include a main protein, such as chicken, and rice, pineapple or macaroni salad on the side. (Courtesy Hawaiian Bros/Kathy Tran)
Hawaiian Bros to expand into Frisco, other parts of North Texas

Hawaiian Bros, a fast-casual restaurant company with locations throughout the Midwest, will open its first brick-and-mortar restaurants in Texas in 2021.

People wait in line to receive a vaccine at an Austin Public Health vaccination site. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas offers COVID-19 vaccinations to school, child care workers

Educators, school staff and child care professionals are qualified to receive coronavirus vaccines effective immediately.

In response to Gov. Greg Abbott's March 2 announcement that Texas' statewide mask mandate and COVID-19-related business restrictions will be lifted as of March 10, the Texas Education Agency released updated public health guidance March 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Updated Texas Education Agency guidance allows individual school boards to determine mask policies

"Under this updated guidance, a public school system's current practices on masks may continue unchanged. Local school boards have full authority to determine their local mask policy," the release reads.

Frisco city hall building
Frisco's estimated population at build-out adjusted with latest changes to future land use plan

The latest updates to the city of Frisco’s future land use plan will not only guide future development, but will also influence the city’s population at build-out.

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'If you called, we came': Frisco logged thousands of emergency calls during winter storms

The city mapped the locations of nearly 3,000 calls for water service cutoffs during February's winter storms, revealing widespread damage throughout the city.

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Two parks renamed to honor families’ contributions to Frisco

Frisco City Council approved the names for Jack Hamilton Park and Jimmy and Clara Jones Park in the heart of the city.

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Tickets to Frisco's popular Daddy Daughter Dance go on sale March 3

The city of Frisco’s Daddy Daughter Dance will be held outdoors March 20 with the theme The Stars at Night.

Renovations at the Chick-fil-A in the Richardson Square development are slated to be complete later this spring. (Courtesy Chick-fil-A)
Richardson Chick-fil-A closes for upgrades; Eight|11 restaurant reopens in Frisco and more DFW-area news

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

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas. (Courtesy Office of the Texas Governor)
Gov. Greg Abbott lifts statewide mask mandate, business restrictions in Texas

With vaccine distribution increasing, Gov. Greg Abbott said "people and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate." Some local officials are pushing back, saying the relaxed restrictions are coming too early.

Eight|11 Place is located in downtown Frisco. (Courtesy Eight|11 Place)
After brief renovation closure, Eight|11 Place in Frisco reopens

The wine bar and kitchen is known for its pizza, wine and patio in historic downtown Frisco.