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Karina Ramírez: Sunset Street mainstay spices up name, menu

International Foods and Restaurant of Denton recently changed its name to Green Zatar, according to certificates of occupancy records released this month.

"Za'atar [sometimes spelled zatar] is a very famous spice in the Mediterranean,"  said Seyed Pourmorshed, owner of the business, located at 609 Sunset St. "It's also a bread that everyone loves, so we chose that name."

Pourmorshed said city permits already reflect the name change. DRC/David Minton International Foods and Restaurant of Denton, shown Thursday at 609 Sunset St., changed its name to Green Zatar, according to certificates of occupancy records released this month. View larger More photos Photo store

"It was very hard for people to memorize the long name," he said.

In addition to the name change, Pourmorshed said the restaurant will concentrate on offering more Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine.

Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 940-383-2051.


CenturyLink in Lake Dallas announced it will offer residential and small-business customers a new lineup of Verizon products and services.

In a Aug. 31 press release, the company announced it now offers a variety of Verizon devices.

"Adding Verizon Wireless services to our communications portfolio is another example of CenturyLink's commitment to delivering simplified solutions to our customers," said Darrion Bowers, the company's vice president for Texas. "We believe our residential and small-business customers will appreciate the convenience of contacting one company for all of their telecommunications services."

Eventually, the company said, customers will be able to bundle their Verizon wireless service with CenturyLink Internet, phone and television services.

For more information, visit


The city of Denton issued the following certificates of occupancy in August:

* Accessory Superstore Inc. - automotive accessory store, 3939 S. Interstate 35E

* Achieve Chiropractic - chiropractic clinic, 1720 Westminster St., Suite 100

* Barber & Beauty Shop  - barber shop, 710 E. Prairie St.

* Best Value RV  - RV sales, 7201 N. Interstate 35, Suites 101, 105 and 109

* Express RX Pharmacy - pharmacy, 2245 Brinker Road, Suite 101

* Green Zatar - restaurant, 609 Sunset St.

* Howdy Doody Food Store - grocery store, 2824 N. Locust St.

* La Used Tires Shop - tire shop, 3011 E. University Drive

* Leap Realty - Realtor, 529 Bolivar St., Suite 113

* MAACO Collision Repair - automotive services, 2115 Sadau Court

* Pioneer Automotive - automotive services, 4529 Teasley Lane


Amyx Fine Jewelry began its third annual Sterling Silver Catalog Auction Event the week of Aug. 30.

More than 350 pieces of sterling silver items will be offered from 50 percent to 90 percent off retail price, "depending on when you shop and how you bid," said co-owner Lora Amyx-Gorman.

The store is located at 222 W Hickory St., Suite 101. For more information, call 940-383-2699 or visit


Congratulations Mary Ann McDuff

Mary Ann McDuff, director of academic financial services at Texas Woman's University, will retire Sept. 30.

"I am honored and blessed to have served my alma mater for more than 30 years," McDuff said.

McDuff earned a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in sociology from TWU. She began working as an administrative assistant in the division of Academic Affairs in 1981, and was named to her current position in 2000.

During her time at TWU, McDuff has remained an active member of the Denton County community.

"With this retirement, I will focus on civic engagement and service to Denton," McDuff stated.

"I will continue to give, to advocate and to volunteer to help individuals in need of assistance both inside and outside the boundaries of Denton County."


Coming up

Libby Spears with Bravo Communications will be guest speaker at the next North Central Texas College Small Business Development Center breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at 414 Parkway St. Networking will begin at 7:15 a.m. For more information, call 940-380-1849.


Also on Tuesday, Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, will be the guest speaker at the September luncheon of the Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce.

Cost of the luncheon is $15 with reservations for Lake Cities Chamber members and first-time guests; cost for non-members is $20.

To make reservations or for more information, call 940-497-3097 or e-mail

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is