Karina Ramírez: Vigne moves down the street; Gold Mine coming

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Owner John Ryan decided to downsize and move Vigne Wine Shop to 219 E. Hickory St. Vigne opened in its original location about four years ago.
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Barbecue dining spot to take place left by wine shop

Vigne Wine Shop moved into the former Cellar 22 location, after the owners announced its closing May 4.

John Ryan, co-owner of Vigne, said he had been looking to downsize.

“Most people did not know we had closed the kitchen [at the former location] last August,” Ryan said. “We needed a smaller space.”

Since acquiring the new location, he’s made interior changes to the 1,600-square-foot space, including new paint and new equipment. Vigne Wine Shop opened at 219 E. Hickory St. on June 4.

“We are also remodeling the walk-in humidor, and it will have four times the selection of cigars we had at the former location,” Ryan said.

The humidor will be completed in about three weeks.

Vigne no longer serves meals, but its cheese plates will be available starting this week, Ryan said.

The business hours have changed along with the location. Vigne is open from noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit Vigne’s Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/1b0sn3O

Ryan said he leased Vigne’s previous location, 222 W. Hickory St., Suite 102, to Yvonne and Vince Wolf, who plan to open a barbecue restaurant.

Gold Mine BBQ is scheduled to open in August in the 2,400-square-foot space, which includes a 400-square-foot patio.

“There is really no barbecue place on the Square at all,” Vince Wolf said. “We want to introduce something different to Denton.”

Wolf said he has always been a fan of history, so he’s drawing on the 1849 Gold Rush as the theme for his restaurant.

“I am really proud of that idea,” Wolf said about his concept. “We did market research for over two years, and we waited to find the right spot. We feel this is the right spot.”

A central feature of the dining area is a mural of an mine shaft created by Dallas artist Emilio Gonzalez.

“In a matter of two to three weeks, we have taken it from what looked like an 80-year-old building to a 200-year-old mine shaft,” said Thomas Eaves, the restaurant manager.

A total of 12 employees in part- and full-time positions will work at the Gold Mine, Wolf said.

The menu will include barbecue nachos, tacos and chicken wings as well as sandwiches and specialty entrees.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/GoldMineBbq.

Nora Castañeda, emergency preparedness program assistant with the North Central Texas Council of Governments, said the organization received 825 applications from people interested in participating in the Metro Safe Room Rebate program.

The application process for the program is now closed while submitted applications are being reviewed, she said.

The program offers rebates to homeowners for half the cost of construction of a tornado-proof safe room, up to $3,000. The program is supported by grant funds from the Federal Emergency Management Administration.

The NCTCOG began receiving applications June 5 from homeowners in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties. During the next application process, the council will include all 16 counties it serves, Castañeda said.

To keep people updated about the rebate process, the council created a new Twitter account, @nctcsaferoom.

The application process will relaunch in a couple weeks, according to the program’s website, www.nctsaferoom.com.

Consumer confidence and spending helped drive retail sales in May, the National Retail Federation announced last week.

May retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) increased 0.6 percent seasonally adjusted from April and increased a strong 4.8 percent unadjusted from May 2012, the trade group said in a news release.

Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the trade federation, said consumers continue to demonstrate resiliency and flexibility despite fluctuating gas prices, severe weather in much of the country and fiscal policy uncertainty.


Coming up

State Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Frisco, will be the guest speaker at Aubrey 380 Chamber of Commerce’s monthly networking luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Prairie House Restaurant, 10001 Highway 380 in Cross Roads.

Cost is $12 per person. For more information, e-mail chamber@aubreycoc.org.

Cheryl A. Williamson, co-owner of Title Boxing Club, will have a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Golden Triangle Mall.

Her book, Words From the Spirit for the Spirit, was published earlier this year. Williamson is also the executive director of the Elizabeth Ann Williamson Foundation, which raises money for ovarian cancer research.

The Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce’s Leads Over Lunch event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 28 at Lake Dallas Diner, 274 Main St.

There is no cost to attend the event, but attendees will cover their own meal expenses.

To make reservations, visit bit.ly/JuneLOL. For more information, call 940-497-3097.


KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878 and via Twitter at @KarinaFRamirez.

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