Having recently moved to the states from Italy, husband and wife Shawn and Zara Mashayekhi were looking for a new experience and decided to take over ownership of Flower Mound’s Z Grill & Tap in 2016.
“We had experience in the restaurant business in Italy already,” Shawn said. “We wanted to take over so we could meet and get to know more people in town.”
Now three years later they are ready to make more changes, this time to the restaurant itself.
“This restaurant has been around for almost 10 years,” Shawn said. “We need to update everything in order to be competitive.”
The couple began revamping the restaurant in February when they revealed new items on the menu.
“We added a gluten-free section as well as vegan items,” Zara said. “We also added bruschetta; a dish we call Cajun Creole, which is similar to jambalaya; and a three-layered chocolate mousse cake that I make myself.”
Shawn said they are keeping a lot of the customers’ favorites on the menu, such as the Chilean Sea Bass, which is one of his personal favorites.
“People love the sea bass,” he said. “We have people [who]come from McKinney, everywhere in the area just about—to have it.”
Another thing the couple said they are keeping is the live music events.
“We have live music from Wednesday-Saturday,” Shawn said. “We are redoing the stage area and moving it to a different area of the restaurant. We are also redoing our lighting, seating and interior.”
Those who have not experienced a live music event at the restaurant can do so at its grand reopening April 12, which will feature the Walton Stout Band.
“We are known for our good food and live music, and that will not change; it will only get better,” Shawn said.
Z Grill & Tap
2321 Cross Timbers Road, Flower Mound
972-691-2300 | www.zgrillandtap.com
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 3 p.m. -midnight, Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.