Jollibee restaurant in Plano a hit on its first day and more DFW news

Jollibee opened with a fanfare of cars wrapped around its parking lot midday Aug. 20. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Jollibee opened with a fanfare of cars wrapped around its parking lot midday Aug. 20. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Jollibee opened with a fanfare of cars wrapped around its parking lot midday Aug. 20. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Plano

Cars wrap around Jollibee parking lot on first day open in Plano

Jollibee opened with a fanfare of cars wrapped around its parking lot midday Aug. 20 at 1016 Preston Road, Plano. The Filipino fried chicken chain's menu options include fried chicken served with gravy and rice, Filipino noodle dishes and fried peach-mango pies.

Armed Forces Recruitment Center relocates to new Plano station



An Armed Forces Recruitment Center is relocating near Sprouts at the end of September at 4100 Legacy Drive, Ste. 403, Plano. The office will hold recruiting personnel for the various armed services.

Rise Nation to bring 30-minute climbing workouts to The Shops at Legacy in Plano

Rise Nation plans to open a new fitness center at The Shops at Legacy, 7300 Lone Star Drive, Ste. C103, Plano. The business specializes in 30-minute, high-intensity climbing workouts. The official opening date for the Plano location is Oct. 5; however, starting on Sept. 19, Rise Nation will be offering free community climbs.

McKinney

Dillas Primo Quesadillas in McKinney finds strength in ‘niche’ market, community connection

The name for Dillas Primo Quesadillas first came to owner and founder Kyle Gordon while he was watching the movie "Napoleon Dynamite" in 2004.

New lower fares to be introduced to McKinney-area transit service

The McKinney Urban Transit District has agreed to lower the fares of its taxi voucher program as a substitute to bringing in flat fares for its passengers.

New container home community the Cotton Groves on track to open in McKinney this year

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, a shipping container community called the Cotton Groves, located at the southeast corner of Bumpas and Fitzhugh streets in McKinney, is gearing up for a 2020 debut.

Grapevine

Volkswagen dealership headed to William D. Tate Avenue in Grapevine

Grapevine City Council approved plans Aug. 18 for the construction of a Volkswagen dealership at 2351 William D. Tate Ave., Grapevine. The dealership will be named Grapevine Volkswagen, and it is being headed by Principle Auto.

Richardson

Canyon Creek Art & Frame celebrates 25 years of business in Richardson

Canyon Creek Art & Frame celebrated its 25th anniversary Aug. 15. The business, located at 1360 W. Campbell Road, Ste. 112, Richardson, specializes in custom framing of art, photography and artifacts. It also offers printing services using a giclee printer—a machine that uses archival inks to create high-quality, long-lasting images on either canvas or fine art paper.

Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth

Anton's African Cuisine in Roanoke offering authentic meals from scratch

Most African cuisine-style restaurants feature “hybrid” meals that attempt to combine African and American influences, said Anton Van Vuuren, owner of Anton’s African Cuisine in Roanoke.

“I didn’t want to do that,” Van Vuuren said.

Metro area

North Texas McDonald's sites to host blood drives in September

Local McDonald's sites have partnered with Carter BloodCare to host more than 50 blood drives in September.

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



MOST RECENT

Oct. 14 was the busiest day thus far for voting in Plano, with 11,639 county residents showing up to cast ballots in person. (Community Impact staff)
DATA: Nearly 75,000 people have turned out to vote in Plano since start of early voting

Oct. 14 was the busiest day thus far for voting in Plano, with 11,639 county residents showing up to cast ballots in person.

First United Bank team members attend the The Parkwood groundbreaking Oct. 19. (Courtesy Cawley Partners)
First United Bank breaks ground on new headquarters in Plano

A new office development named The Parkwood will become the headquarters for First United Mortgage Co. and the home of Plano's first branch for First United Bank.

About 55% of DART’s bus service currently focuses on high-ridership routes, while the rest is used to provide coverage, according to Mark Nelson, director of transportation for the city of Richardson. (Courtesy DART)
DART board hones in on hybrid concept for ridership redesign as vote is delayed to November

Richardson and Plano would likely see little to no impact in coverage should the board choose the hybrid approach for Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s bus redesign.

The city of Plano is allocating $500,000 of its funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to Plano ISD for custodial items and personal protective equipment. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
City of Plano pitches $500,000 toward COVID-19 prevention in Plano ISD

The money comes from funding given to the city through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

John Muns, chairman of the Plano Planning & Zoning Commission, announced his intention to run for mayor in 2021 at an Oct. 19 meeting. (Courtesy city of Plano)
John Muns announces plans to run for mayor of Plano

Muns, who currently serves as chairman of the Plano Planning & Zoning Commission, was appointed by City Council in 2015.

The cafe offers a library of over 600 games and a bistro-style menu. (Courtesy Friend & Foe)
Friend & Foe to shutter after one year of business in Plano

The board game cafe, which opened last September, cited daily, pandemic-driven revenue losses as the reason behind the closure.

The location is owned by local husband-wife team Jesse and Mary Rose Merin. (Courtesy Dickey's Barbecue Pit)
Dickey's Barbecue opens in Frisco and more DFW-area news

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Collin County commissioners discuss a possible Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program with Julie Partain from Bracewell during their Oct. 19 meeting. (Screenshot courtesy Collin County)
Collin County considering program for energy efficiency projects on commercial, multifamily properties

Collin County is looking into creating a Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program that would encourage energy and water efficiency projects in commercial and multifamily residential properties.

Rollbacks to rail, bus and shuttle service during the pandemic are being lifted by Dallas Area Rapid Transit on Oct. 19 as the agency begins the transition back to regular operations. (Courtesy Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
DART returns some Richardson, Plano bus and rail routes to pre-pandemic frequency levels

Increased ridership and the reopening of the Texas economy are driving the agency to resume service. The changes are effective as of Oct. 19.

A four-story office building was recently completed at the International Business Park campus. (Courtesy Chad M. Davis)
Construction on new office building, amenity center complete at International Business Park in Plano

The four-story building is part of a 300-acre mixed-use development near Coit Road and the President George Bush Turnpike.

Plano budgets for increased costs, some losses in revenue

Totaling $605.1 million, the budget faced economic challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, including losses in sales taxes, permit and licensing fees, and hotel and motel taxes, all of which are major revenue sources for the city.