Karina Ramírez: New restaurant offers fast, inexpensive pizza

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From front left, Top That! Pizza’s Tim Staley, owner of the Mansfield store; Julie Miles, business partner; Pat Calhoun, owner and development agent with Top That! Pizza; and Mikkael Rodriguez, manager of the Denton restaurant stand with members of the Denton Chamber of Commerce during the restaurant’s official grand opening Aug. 13.
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It is the place “Where pizza gets personal.” That is the new slogan behind Top That! Pizza, a new restaurant that opened Aug. 9 at the Rayzor Ranch Marketplace.

Top That! Pizza’s majority owner and development agent, Pat Calhoun, said Thursday that the idea is to provide customers with a quick and inexpensive way to enjoy pizza. To do so, customers can choose from three crusts, nine sauce styles, 32 toppings and cheeses and make their pizza in less than five minutes.

“The Angry Alfredo is a sauce that includes Cayenne pepper; the bold Italian Red is one of our healthiest sauces,” said Calhoun, describing two of the sauces available at the restaurant. “You can get a little brave.”

Calhoun said part of the challenge is to work with the diverse toppings, sauces and selections to create a pizza that is unique. And if it goes wrong, Calhoun jokes, “you can blame yourself, come back and try again.”

Just two weeks into opening, Calhoun is already working with the Denton Chamber of Commerce and acclimating to the Denton business climate by working with local nonprofits. Top That! Pizza will participate in Texas Woman’s University Block Party next week and will also have its Pizza with a Purpose fundraiser to help provide a percentage of sales to United Way of Denton County each Tuesday in September.

A total of 12 employees in full- and part-time positions work at the 2,000-square-foot restaurant located between T-Mobile and GameStop at 2710 W. University Drive, Suite 1030.

In addition to the Denton, Top That! Pizza has two other locations in North Texas ­­— Richardson and Mansfield — and four restaurants in the Tulsa, Okla. area.

Later this year, the franchise is expected to expand to Colorado and Missouri.

For more information, visit http://www.topthatpizza.com.

In other restaurants news, a sandwich shop, a burger restaurant and a barbecue place are now calling Denton home.

The “little antique shop that could” known as Potbelly Sandwich Shop opened Tuesday at 1216 W. Hickory St. in the Sterling Fry Street development.

The franchise has been around since 1977 and has more than 200 locations nationwide, including 38 in Texas.

BullChicks, offering 20 different types of burgers, wraps and salads along with 15 different sandwiches and 10 flavors of chicken wings, opened its doors Wednesday at the Mayhill Plaza, 3305 Mayhill Road, Suite 113.

Its opening festivities started this weekend and will continue the following weekend — Friday through Sept. 2.

BullChicks is a franchised location opened by a local regional developer group — Four Chicks and a Bull, LLC. The group has plans to open many more locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area over the next three years, according to a news release.

The Denton location of 1,786 square feet employs about a dozen people — many of whom are college students.

Old House BBQ, a meat-by-the-pound restaurant, will open its doors at 1007 Avenue C on Monday at the previous home of Hooya Burrito.

The 2,400-square-foot restaurant is managed by Antonio Guillen and will employ four people.

Old House BBQ also has a location in Lewisville at 380 Lake Park Road.

For more information, visit www.potbelly.com, www.bullchicks.com and www.oldhousebbq.com.

DATCU officials announced Monday that members now receive two free automated teller machine transactions per month in addition to other program perks and benefits, according to a news release.

Dale Kimble, president and CEO, said DATCU wanted to show its members appreciation for their loyalty.

“When an MVP member is traveling or away from their local branch, the free ATM transactions will allow them to keep a little bit more of their hard-earned money,” Kimble said in the release.

The credit union developed its MVP program in 2011 and also offers free cashier’s checks, travelers cheques, money orders and other services to its members.

With locations in Denton, Cooke, Wise, Montague, and Clay counties, DATCU celebrated its 75th anniversary last year.

For more information, visit www.datcu.org.

 

Congratulations

Cindy Thompson has joined the Golden Triangle Mall staff as marketing director.

Thompson will be responsible for creating and executing the mall’s marketing, public relations and advertising and social media programs, according to a news release.

Thompson has 30 years experience in marketing. Prior to joining the mall, Thompson handled business development and short-term leasing for Galleria Dallas for three years, according to her LinkedIn profile. She also served as marketing manager for The Parks at Arlington Mall.

Her additional mall marketing experience includes work with North Hills Mall in North Richland Hills, Festival Marketplace Mall in Arlington and Gainesville Factory Shops in Gainesville.

Thompson began her marketing career in 1976 with Chicago-based Homart Development Co. before handling marketing for San Francisco’s Pier 39 shopping and entertainment district.

Thompson received a bachelor’s in journalism with a public relations sequence from the University of Texas at Austin. She also has her certified marketing director designation from the International Council of Shopping Centers.

 

Coming Up

Emma M. Fowler, a change agent, trainer and procurement specialist will conduct social media classes for small-business owners Monday and Wednesday.

Facebook for Business will take place Monday, while LinkedIn for Business will take place Wednesday.

All classes are from 6 to 8 p.m. at Zera’s Coffee Company, 420 E. McKinney St.

Participants must bring their own laptops or wireless device, have basic computer skills and have active Google e-mail addresses. For more information, call 501-425-3044 or visit www.powerfilledenterprises.com.

Karina Ramírez can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her email address is kramirez@dentonrc.com.

 


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