New places to park and please your palate
The Bicycle Café will open along the White Rock Trail, perhaps this month, the owner says. Located next to Dallas Bike Works, the café menu will feature breakfast food, healthy salads and wraps and beer, and there will be plenty of places to park or store your two wheels. On Oct. 5, the neighborhood’s newest restaurant and bar — Go 4 It Sports Grill at Northwest Highway and Plano Road — opened its doors, a few months behind the original schedule, to a packed house. The bar and grill will stay open until 2 a.m., seven nights a week, and will serve American, Cajun and New Mexican fare.
Dallas Bike Works
4875 West Lawther
Go 4 It Sports Grill
4502 N. Plano
Just south of Lake Highlands sits the burgeoning Hillside Village, where Olivella’s and Neo Pizza owner Charlie Green recently announced he will open a third restaurant in the former Pizzeria Venti spot. Green says he expects the newest Olivella’s to open in January 2012.
Near White Rock Lake, at the corner of Peavy and Garland roads, White Rock area-based restaurateur Matt Tobin recently opened Goodfriend, a beer garden and burger house. The menu includes 10 signature burgers, each paired with a draft beer, plus a reuben and other artisan sandwiches.
Re:vive founder launches online boutique
Renee Barfoot is the Lake Highlands resident behind the Re:vive Foundation. Advocate featured her last year when Re:vive teamed up with some Moss Haven mothers and daughters to help neighborhood families in need. And now, she’s one half of the new venture Maidee’s. Maidee Shirah is the name of Barfoot’s late great-grandmother, whom she called “Mima” (Mee-maw). “She was from south Georgia, a sweet Southern lady who loved antique stuff and always had a brooch or what she called ‘ear bobs’ on,” Barfoot says. Barfoot always dreamed of opening her own gift shop, and recently she and her cousin, Kristi Randle from Nacogdoches, decided to go for it. Their focus is vintage gift items and antiques, and the name Maidee’s seemed to fit perfectly, Barfoot says — “it sounded like a little old-timey boutique in a small town somewhere.” They decided that “if Mima would like it, then we can carry it,” she says, “upscale-type products that a small-town Southern girl could appreciate and afford.” The cousins had planned to open a storefront in Lake Highlands, but at the beginning of the summer, their investment fell through. So for now, the storefront has morphed into craft shows and an online boutique, maidees.com.
Lucky Ducky remodels old car wash
Lake Highlands residents Marshall and Joy Hays have purchased and remodeled the old self-serve car wash at Royal and Audelia, behind Lake Highlands Automotive. More recently, they snatched up the quick lube next door and renamed the whole operation Lucky Ducky Lube Center and Car Wash. Marshall Hays jokes that they are “expanding [their] empire,” and says some of the quick lube’s new features will reflect his geeky nature. “Joy and I have refinished the interior waiting room and bathroom, making it livable and ready for business,” he says. “Because I’m a tech geek I have also installed webcams in the bays so that customers can watch their cars being worked on. I even installed a camera in the pits so people can watch the oil drain out — The PitCam.”
ViewPoint Bank to fill vacant WaMu
ViewPoint Bank Lake Highlands will open the first weekend of December, bank spokeswoman Mary Rische says. ViewPoint is locally based and currently has 25 locations in the metro area. Bank executives have said that ViewPoint prides itself on being involved in its communities, and would “work on getting plugged into the community.” That promise came to fruition before the branch opens its doors — ViewPoint was one of the sponsors of the first Lake Highlands Oktoberfest.