New year brings closures, plans for businesses

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Gerhard’s German Restaurant, shown Tuesday on Hickory Street, is one of several local businesses that recently closed its doors.

A family emergency has forced the abrupt closure of Gerhard’s German Restaurant & Bar in Denton, one of several local businesses that recently closed its doors.

A few weeks ago, owner Gerhard Pelzer moved back to Germany to take care of his father, who is ill, and is trying to sell the business, multiple sources said. Gerhard’s has been closed for several weeks and a sign on the door indicates a family emergency forced the closure. Tables and chairs are still inside.

Company officials could not be reached for comment.

Gerhard’s is one of many local businesses that closed by the end of December, which is to be expected, said Julie Glover, economic development program administrator for the city of Denton.

“When a lot of businesses are thinking about closing, they try to make it through December because normally it’s a good month for everyone,” she said. “It makes it easier as far as sales tax goes; if you stay open into January, then you have to file for that quarter, and then you’re on the hook for a year.”

Burguesa Burger on West Hickory Street closed in late December, and Cost Plus World Market in Denton Towne Crossing is expected to close soon.

NV Cupcakes on East McKinney Street also closed its doors this month, but not because of business, said co-owner Van Nguyen. They will be moving to a new location close to the downtown Square on West Hickory Street and expect to reopen in March.

“The space we were at before was a wonderful location, but being closer to the Square where there’s a whole lot more walking traffic will help us,” she said. “We would like for people to go have lunch at the Chestnut Tree or something, then walk down the street and get a cupcake from us.”

They will split the space with Sprockets Bicycle Shop, which is owned by Nguyen’s brother-in-law. The concept for NV will be similar, but the dining room will be upstairs and available to rent for parties and events. Cupcake-decorating classes are also planned.

Construction is expected to start in February on renovations to the space, and updates will be posted regularly about the move on the company’s Facebook page,

The transition started sooner than expected, Nguyen said. They alerted the landlord that they wanted to move but didn’t want to vacate the space until they found a replacement to take over the lease. While they planned on staying for a few more months, the space was leased out a week later.

Guy Taylor took over the lease on Dec. 1 and said he is opening Pantheon Vape Lab at the location. The soft opening is today, and the grand opening will be Monday.

The location will sell e-cigarettes, liquid to refill them and essential oils, candles and tea to help people stop smoking, Taylor said. There is also an adjoining lounge area with sofas, televisions and a bar area for people to sit and try different liquids in their e-cigarettes.

“We’re trying to do something a little bit different than just an e-cig shop,” Taylor said.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.

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