Oscar Calderon is bringing his “destination” Mexican restaurant concept to Sanger.
As of Monday, the old Smokey’s Barbecue off Interstate 35 will become Oscar’s Mexican Cuisine.
The restaurant will be the second location of Oscar’s, owned by Calderon and his wife, Sandra Espinoza. The couple owns Oscar’s Mexican Restaurant in Haltom City, where the signature dishes include spinach, squash and mushroom enchiladas.
“They are very hard to find,” Calderon said. “Over the years, we have developed new dishes.”
Those dishes include Mama’s Chicken, a chicken breast grilled with fresh onions, mushrooms and Monterey Jack cheese. With 30 items on the menu, Calderon is hoping to add to Sanger’s local cuisine in a building that’s been vacant for several years.
“I was driving to Gainesville and saw a sign that it was available to lease and decided to take it over,” Calderon said. “It was a sign from God.”
The 6,000-square-foot building has been vacant since December 2009, according to a Sanger city official.
The owners have hired 20 people to work in part-time and full-time positions, most of them from local universities, according to Cameron Brown, general manager of the Sanger restaurant. Brown said he wants the new restaurant to become a hangout for local residents.
“What we are trying to bring is what is not in Sanger right now — that is, a popular bar, during the weekends,” Brown said.
Oscar’s will also offer catering for 10 to 40 people.
Calderon, who was born in Mexico City, said he always wanted to open his own restaurant. That dream began 37 years ago when he opened the doors of his first eatery in a Texas shopping center.
“I started with a $1,500 postdated check,” Calderon said. “After that, we worked for two years very hard. We had wonderful reviews.”
Oscar’s Mexican Cuisine is located at 1200 S. Stemmons Freeway (Interstate 35 service road) in Sanger. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 940-458-2846.
A new cottage-style community is now available for students.
The project, named 14 Fifty-One after its address, 1451 Centre Place Drive, has 478 bedrooms in 123 apartment homes.
The property is the largest Green Built Texas certified project from Dallas-based Tonti Properties, according to a statement.
Some of the property’s green features include Energy Star-rated windows, dishwashers, refrigerators and ceiling fans, heat pumps, programmable thermostats, a commingled recycling compactor and water-efficient irrigation.
Amenities include a two-story, 11,000-square-foot club house with flat-screen HD televisions, a fitness center and a dance/yoga studio.
For more information, call 940-380-4500 or visit http://14fiftyone.com.
Firehouse Subs opened its first location in Flower Mound on Wednesday.
Each Firehouse Subs location has a custom, hand-painted mural inside the dining room. The Flower Mound restaurant’s mural depicts the Marcus High School Marauders squaring off against the Flower Mound High School Jaguars in a pickup football game with Flower Mound firefighters.
The new location is owned by local franchisees Ray and Virginia Danilowicz, according to a news release.
Jacksonville, Fla.-based Firehouse Subs was founded in 1994 by brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen, both former firefighters.
The new Flower Mound location is at 6100 Long Prairie Road, Suite 150A. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
For more information, call 972-219-9000.
Fusion Hair Design in Corinth now offers Aveda Skin Care products, treatments and facials. The salon, at 1400 N. Corinth St., Suite 105, began offering the products on Aug. 6.
For more information, call 940-497-6677.
The Flower Mound Economic Development Department is conducting its 2013 Restaurant and Retail Survey to ask residents about dining and shopping.
The survey, at www.flower-mound.com/survey, will be available through Sept. 13.
Denton-based GSATi (Global Solutions and Technology Inc.), a firm dedicated to designing and managing information technology systems, has been listed in Inc. Magazine’s 500 list.
Jason Bodor, director of finance with GSATi, said the recognition has helped solidify his company’s reputation.
“We are growing and on the move,” he said. “I’m very excited about the recognition.”
GSATi is ranked 169th overall and No. 12 for information technology services in the nation. The company is also listed as No. 22 among 100 companies in Texas and No. 13 in the Dallas metro area.
In the past three years, GSATi has added 20 jobs to the downtown Denton area with an average salary of $95,000, Bodor said.
GSATi, founded in 2008, is located at the Texas Building, 100 W. Oak St., Suite 200.
The ranking appears in Inc.’s September edition, published Aug. 20. To view the listing, visit www.inc.com/profile/gsati.
First State Bank announced Layne Brewer has been named senior vice president. He will provide commercial lending services for the bank in the Denton market, company officials said.
Brewer earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Oklahoma State University and has been working in banking and finance for more than 25 years. He has been working in the Denton area since 1996, according to the news release.
Brewer serves as vice president of the North Texas Fair Association board of directors. He is a member of the Denton Chamber of Commerce and a past director of the SOS 100 Club.
Chartered in 1905, First State Bank is the oldest state bank in Texas with 10 locations throughout North Texas.
Brewer lives in Valley View with his wife, Laura, who is the Denton office manager for Ebby Halliday Realtors.
Mike Woods, with Stocker Woods Financial and co-chairman of the 2013 Citizens Bond Advisory Committee, will be the featured speaker at the Denton Chamber of Commerce Business Networking Lunch this week.
The lunch will start at noon Friday at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3110 Colorado Blvd. To register, visit http://bit.ly/15nMW6M.
The Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Sunset Cruise mixer aboard the Big D Catamarans boat, from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 12.
Cost for $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Food and beverages will be included.
To register or for more details, visit http://conta.cc/185hGfQ.
Lucky Peterson, Kenny Neal, Janiva Magness and Elvis T. Busboy will be part of the 15th annual Blues Festival on Sept. 21-22 at Denton’s Quakertown Park.
The Denton Black Chamber of Commerce’s annual event is free and includes food and art.
The festival will be from 1 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and 1 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22. For more information, call John Baines at 940-565-9015 or Kerry Goree at 940-382-9100.
KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878 and via Twitter at @KarinaFRamirez.