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Karina Ramírez: New restaurant features wood-fired rotisserie chicken

An employee of Cowboy Chicken shows the restaurant’s specialty: wood-fired rotisserie chicken.Courtesy photo
An employee of Cowboy Chicken shows the restaurant’s specialty: wood-fired rotisserie chicken.
Courtesy photo

Featuring real wood-fired rotisserie chicken, a restaurant opened at Rayzor Ranch Marketplace at 2520 W. University Drive, Suite 1150 on Wednesday night.

Cowboy Chicken is the seventh restaurant for the chain and the third franchised location for Vesta Restaurant Group, which plans to open 10 Cowboy Chicken restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“We have had our eye on Denton for a while now,” said Bob Andersen, president of Vesta Restaurant Group, on Thursday.

Andersen has more than 17 years of experience as a franchise development leader and restaurant executive. After visiting and talking to people in the city and the area, he felt Denton was the best fit to introduce the Cowboy Chicken concept.

The chain has three decades of tradition, beginning in 1981, when Phil and Jeanette Sanders opened their first Cowboy Chicken, a 700-square-foot restaurant in Dallas. The idea was to offer fresh, healthy and flavorful foods that could be an alternative to fast food, without the high costs of a full-service restaurant.

Since then, Cowboy Chicken acquired new partners and continued to expand the menu with healthy items such as fresh salads, sandwiches, grilled skinless chicken breast and other foods.

The 2,800-square-foot Denton restaurant under the management of Rico Ortiz employs close to 30 people in part- and full-time positions.

Sean Kennedy, president of Cowboy Chicken, visited the new restaurant Thursday and was excited to finally see it open and to see good mobility since its soft opening Wednesday night.

“Lunch was pretty busy; the staff and the management team have done pretty well,” Kennedy said. “For a new store, it is running the way it should.”

The restaurant offers corporate catering, delivery and an online ordering system introduced only four months ago to all Cowboy Chicken restaurants.

This month the restaurant reintroduced one of its favorite delights, the Southern Blackberry Cobbler, and the staff is already preparing for a Nov. 3 grand-opening celebration during restaurant hours, with kids’ activities and an opportunity to win free chicken for an entire year.

Kennedy said the restaurant also will offer its famous Rotisserie Turkey during the month of November for Thanksgiving.

With hopes to continue to expand the restaurant concept, Andersen said he would be actively seeking to open another Cowboy Chicken location in Tarrant County, possibly in Fort Worth.

Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

For more information, call 940-320-3272 or visit

Next door to Cowboy Chicken in Suite 1154, Denton Regional Medical Center’s new Urgent Care Center will open Monday.

The center will treat patients for lacerations, broken bones, strep throat, flu, earaches, sports injuries and many other kinds of urgent-care services.

Caleb O’Rear, CEO at Denton Regional Medical Center, said in a news release that there was a need to have an urgent care facility in north Denton.

“For situations where you can’t wait to see your family physician and don’t need to go to the emergency room, Denton Regional Urgent Care will provide convenient access to the care our community needs so that they can get back to their lives faster,” O’Rear said.

A ribbon-cutting and special celebration will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the weekend.

For more information, visit

The city of Denton issued the following certificates of occupancy in the month of September:

  • Canalta USA Corp., warehouse, 1631 Cooper Creek Road
  • Frame St., apartments, 1112 and 1114 Frame St.
  • James Wood Neighborhood Autos, used car auto sales, 317 N. Locust St.
  • Lady Nail & Tan, nail salon, 1125 E. University Drive, Suite 130


Coming up

Michelle McLaren with Independent Producers of America will sponsor the Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce weekly coffee gathering scheduled for 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at 2002 S. Interstate 35E, Suite 240 in Lake Dallas.

For more information, call 940-206-4333.

The Argyle Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly chamber mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Benessere Active, 723 S. I-35E, Suite 100. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call 940-591-7095.

The Denton Chamber of Commerce will have a Grow Your Business After 5 Mixer at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at Classic Chrysler Jeep Dodge Mazda, 4984 S. I-35E.

For more information call, 940-498-9800

The Planner ZONE Event Panning Showcase, featuring education information and samples from local restaurants and caterers, is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at the University of North Texas Gateway Center, 801 North Texas Blvd.

The free event is co-sponsored by the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau and the University of North Texas.

For more information, call 940-382-7895. and the Non-Commissioned Officers Associ­ation (NCOA) will have a free veterans career expo for transitioning service members from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at the C.R. Smith Museum, 4601 State Highway 360 in Fort Worth.

The two groups are looking to help more than a million veterans who will enter civilian life during the next five years.

The expo will feature corporations and businesses looking to hire military members and veterans. is a business unit of Monster Worldwide Inc., a company that connects people with job opportunities.

NCOA is a nonprofit organization established in 1960 to enhance and maintain the quality of life for noncommissioned and petty officers in all branches of the armed forces, according to its website.

For more information, visit


Karina Ramírez can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her email address is