April 14, 2012 started like any normal spring Saturday in Grapevine, Texas. Beautiful spring weather accompanied the usual home town vibe of our fair city.
The night of April 14 and into the early morning hours of April 15 things changed in downtown Grapevine forever. A four-alarm fire at the historic sports bar, Lazy Bones, raged in downtown Grapevine. The entire building was a loss and what was left had to be demolished. (Video)
The original plan was to rebuild Lazy Bones on-site to the exact structure that it was before. That was before the city started to get involved asking (basically requiring) Lazy Bones to establish a historic landmark on the building. This landmark would give the city control over the exterior design of the building. We continue asking ourselves how a building built from the ground up in 2012 could even qualify as a “historic building.”
Fast forward to today, here we are, two and a half years later and we are left with nothing. Another fall football season where Grapevine’s best sports bar once stood now sits as an empty lot. It is a sad tale in a city with so many restaurants and so much development occurring that we cannot rebuild the best sports bar in town.
All we are left with is an empty lot and a mystery, what happened to Lazy Bones?
If Lazy Bones is gone for good, will someone please step in and build another classic sports bar in town? We are on the eve of one of the best college football weekends of the year and there are zero decent sports bars in Grapevine.
We really need something like Boomerjack’s here. And before all of you people start in with Plucker’s, save your breath. Their table set up is abysmal. They actually want to seat you with other groups because the design is so bad. And do not get us started on their beer prices. Big Racks barbeque had a decent television set up in the bar and now it is closed. We need some help here.
There is definitely a market for a classic sports bar to step into the void left by Lazy Bones (which apparently will not be rebuilt in this lifetime).
From the press release:
Grapevine, Texas (October 7, 2014) – You’re in for frightful fishy fun at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium with several underwater Halloween happenings. Enjoy a few tricks and a lot of fun treats that include scary fish facts, a pumpkin patch photo opportunity and underwater pumpkin carving. Be sure to stop by on select Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout October to watch highly trained divers dressed in costume compete to see who can carve the best jack-o-lantern… UNDERWATER!
Underwater pumpkin carvings take place October 18, 19, 22, 25, 26 and 29 (dives occur at 11 a.m. on scheduled days.)
SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway
Grapevine, Texas 76051
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – attraction remains open 90 minutes after last admission.
Tickets: Admission is $20 for adults, $16 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for kids 2 and under. To purchase special discounted tickets visit www.visitsealife.com/grapevine.
From the Press Release:
The Fresh Market Creates Jobs and Goodwill in Southlake and will Host a Career Open House and Food Drive on September 23, 2014.
Southlake, TX (August 28, 2014)
– The Fresh Market continues to grow its chain of specialty grocery stores with a new location in Southlake, Texas. The store, expected to open in 2014, will bring nearly 100 new jobs to the area. Creating new jobs isn’t all The Fresh Market cares about. Giving back is a strong part of the specialty grocer’s culture. Each year the company supports charitable organizations through corporate donations and community events. With September being the start of the school year for children, it only made sense to provide support for what the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign strives to achieve.
No Kid Hungry® endeavors to end childhood hunger in America, where one in five kids struggle to get the healthy food they need every day. To increase public awareness, The Fresh Market has organized a food drive for September 23, 2014 at their Career Open House. Those attending the Career Open House are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items.
“We hope you’ll join us in supporting the community,” says Matt Argano, the company’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources. “No child should have to go hungry, especially in America where resources are plentiful when we come together.”
The Fresh Market will be hosting a Career Open House on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 8:00am to 7:00pm at the Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square located at 1400 Plaza Place; Southlake, TX 76092.
Prior to attending the Career Open House, attendees must apply online at careers.thefreshmarket.com. Search jobs using keyword 193.
Available positions range from Assistant Deli Managers, Assistant Front End Managers, Assistant Grocery Specialist, Assistant Produce Managers, Bakers, Bulk Specialist, Candy/Coffee Specialist, Cheese Specialist, Gift/Floral Specialist, Grocery Specialist, Meat Cutters, to Seafood Specialist. The diversity of positions within The Fresh Market stores illustrates why unique individuals are sought after to make each location special.
Attendees will have the opportunity to speak directly with The Fresh Market’s hiring team to learn about the workplace culture and experience the difference of The Fresh Market way of life.
In a professional interview format, individuals will get an inside look at The Fresh Market and its gourmet products, along with having the opportunity to discuss with current employees why The Fresh Market is a unique and special culture unlike any other. Namely, how employees enthusiastically support local organizations, national charitable partners, and take an active part in the community through events like the food drive for No Kid Hungry®.
For a complete list of all available job openings, visit careers.thefreshmarket.com. Search jobs using keyword 193.
What makes You unique is what makes Us special.
About The Fresh Market, Inc.
Founded in 1982, The Fresh Market, Inc. is a specialty grocery retailer focused on providing high-quality products in a unique and inviting atmosphere with a high level of customer service. The company currently operates 160 stores in 26 states across the U.S. The Fresh Market is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, please visit www.thefreshmarket.com.
From the press release:
Registration is underway and we are thrilled this year’s Grapevine Veterans Day Parade will be held on Main Street after outgrowing our previous location at a lakeside park.
This year’s parade is Saturday, November 8th at 9:00 a.m., and will run southbound on Main Street from Wall Street to the train depot just past Hudgins Street.
Come thank Grapevine’s active duty and retired service members this Veterans Day Weekend!
Say thank you by waving from the sidewalks or sign up your children’s group, service group or business to walk or ride in the parade by registering on the parade’s website: http://www.grapevineveteransparade.org
Registration closes Wednesday, October 15. Our parade is limited by time and space, so register early!
“One of our Vietnam veterans was thrilled, he said he never had a return parade back in 1970 due to public opinion. He called Saturday his overdue homecoming.”
– Major Brian Michel, VFW Post 10454 Junior Vice Commander
Grapevine, Texas is called the “Christmas Capital of Texas.” We are still not sure why since living in and visiting Grapevine really has nothing to with Christmas. Be that as it may, we think a more appropriate name would be to call Grapevine the “Mexican Food Capital of Texas.” With only 50,000 residents and an abundance of Mexican Restaurants to choose from, Grapevine is absolutely engorged in Mexican food.
Welcome to Grapevine, the “Mexican Food Capital of Texas.” Now that has a nice ring to it!
We give you our list of the Top 10 Mexican Restaurants in Grapevine right here. Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up.
10. So-Cal Tacos
So Cal Tacos is a new entrant to the Mexican food scene in Grapevine. While the menu may be small, the tacos are delicious. We love the Gamechanger.
9. Burritos Locos
If you are looking for classic Mexican dishes in a very casual atmosphere, Burritos Locos is an excellent choice. For the food alone, they make our top 10.
8. Pappasito’s Cantina
Yes, there is a Pappasito’s in Grapevine. It is in the airport in Terminal A. This is within the city of Grapevine and it counts for our list. The food is excellent as you would expect even in an airport.
7. El Fenix
El Fenix has great Tex-Mex here along with very good margaritas. Enjoy, because you cannot go wrong here.
6. Cantina Laredo
Cantina Laredo has good fajita’s and great queso. They are in the top 10 Mexican restaurants for certain.
5. Uncle Julio’s
Uncle Julio’s margaritas are worthy of the top 5 by themselves. They used to be higher on the list, but seem to be getting more and more “corporate.” Some of the new menu items have been a bit of a letdown.
4. El Taco H
If you love hole in the wall places, El Taco H is for you. Excellent tacos and burritos and atmosphere. Enjoy!
3. Baja Mexican Grill
Next door to El Taco H, Baja Mex Grill is a delightfully fun Mexican restaurant. For our money, these are the best margaritas around.
2. Mi Dia from Scratch
Mi Dia is quickly making a name for itself on Main Street in Grapevine. The food is on par with the best Mexican food you will find anywhere. The patio in the spring or fall is the best in Grapevine.
1. Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano
Esparza’s is a Grapevine favorite. With great happy hour specials, a wonderful atmosphere near downtown Grapevine, and some of the best Mexican food around, Esparza’s cannot be topped in Grapevine.
Did we get any of them wrong or leave any out? Let us know below.
By the way, we hear there is a new restaurant coming in to the old home of Macaroni Grill off of Hwy 114. Maybe it will be a Mexican Restaurant since Grapevine needs some more of those. 😉
What: 28th Annual Grapefest
When: September 11, 12, 13, 14
Where: Historic Downtown Grapevine, Texas
How Much: Free Thursday and until 5 pm on Friday, after that $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) and children (6-12)
From the press release:
Largest Wine Festival in the Southwest U.S. – September 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2014 –Highlights Wines from Texas, Washington State and Italy
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS – Take a vintage journey with unique wines, fantastic finds, live entertainment and family-friendly fun at the 28th Annual GrapeFest® – A Wine Experience in Historic Downtown Grapevine September 11, 12, 13 and 14. The four-day festival will feature premium wines from Texas, the state of Washington and high-end premium wines from five of Italy’s wine regions. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a trip to the west coast or Europe to sample wines not normally available in Texas, come to GrapeFest to embark on your wine journey for just a few dollars. For up to the minute schedule and event information, visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/GrapeFest.
GrapeFest, held along Grapevine’s Historic Main Street, is the largest wine festival in the Southwest. Some of the favorite festival events include the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation; GrapeStomp; the Champagne Terrace; KidsWorld; Palette Pleasers at the Palace; GrapeFest Golf Classic; GrapeFest Tennis Classic; ItalianCarFest; five stages offering live entertainment, the Texas Wine Tribute and much more!
Sample more than 140 Texas varietals from 44 Texas wineries at the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the United States. This must-do GrapeFest event is one of the most popular festival activities so get your tickets early. Guests can meet winery representatives and find new favorites among the available varietals. Eleven sessions are held throughout the four-day festival. The winners of the competition will be announced on Sunday, September 14 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $23 and advance purchase is recommended. Guests must be 21 and up.
Why celebrate Texas wine? Texas is the fifth-largest wine producing state in the United States. Named for the wild Mustang grapes that blanketed the land when settlers first arrived to the area in 1844, Grapevine is the headquarters of the Texas Wine Industry. Texas is the site of the first vineyard established in North America circa 1662. As European settlers followed the development of mission outposts, they brought more grapevine cuttings, further developing the industry through the 1800s. Today, Texas is home to nearly 300 wineries and has approximately 4,400 acres of producing vineyard farmland, producing nearly 3 million gallons each year.
Stop by the Washington Wine Pavilion! Known for producing premium wines, the state of Washington is home to thirteen American Viticultural Areas and produces more than 40 varietals. At GrapeFest, sample wines from wineries such as Daven Lore, Windy Point Vineyards and Elevation Cellars, that are not normally distributed in Texas. Or check out wines from Trevari Cellars, one of the wines that Texans routinely enjoy. Washington wineries produce more than 12.5 million cases of wine annually from more than 50,000 acres. Today, Washington’s wine industry grosses more than $8.6 billion annually and the state of Washington is now considered to be the second largest producer of premium wine in the United States. Additional participating Washington wineries will be announced in the coming weeks.
Festival guests will also want to stop by the International Wine Pavilion, featuring a variety of wines from Italy as well as Grapevine’s Sister Cities. Italy is home to 20 wine regions and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has documented more than 350 kinds of grapes grown in Italy. Depending on the vintage, modern Italy is either the largest or second-largest producer of wine in the world. Its contribution is about 45-50 million hectoliters (one hectoliter is equal to 100 liters) per year, and represents about 1/3 of global production. Participating Italian wineries include Aglianico del Vulture, Marchesi Antinori, Beni di Batasiolo and more.
Celebrate the Texas Wine Tribute on Saturday, September 6 at 7 p.m. Each year, this black-tie gala celebrates specially selected Texas wines paired with a four-course dinner. The Texas Wine Tribute will recognize the winner of the annual “Tall in Texas” Award. The “Tall in Texas” Award is presented to an individual winery that has been instrumental in promoting Texas wines and the Texas wine industry. The 2014 “Tall in Texas” Award winner is Becker Vineyards from Stonewall, TX. The Texas Wine Tribute benefits the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Foundation and Metroport Meals On Wheels. Tickets are $125 per person and advance purchase is required.
Get the juices flowing at the annual GrapeStomp competition! Teams of two take turns to stomp approximately 18 pounds of grapes for two minutes. If your team stomps the most juice, you just might qualify to stomp some more at the Grand Champion StompOff on Sunday, with the winners being awarded the coveted “Purple Foot” award, a beautiful glass foot from Grapevine’s Vetro Glassblowing Studio. Entry fee is $5 per person. Special GrapeStomp events include the Senior GrapeStomp at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 12 and the Mayoral GrapeStomp on Saturday, September 13 at 11 a.m. A free special stomping area is also available for kids 13 and under.
Dance the night away at the 28th Annual GrapeFest! Five stages are located throughout the festival grounds and will feature more than 90 opportunities for guests to see live music during the four-day festival. Headliners include Johnny Lee, Thursday, September 11; David Cook, Friday, September 12; Dale Watson, Friday, September 12; and Bowling for Soup, Saturday, September 13.
Attend pre- and post-festival fun events including:
– ItalianCarFest, September 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Nash Farm, 626 Ball St.;
– Texas Wine Tribute, Saturday, September 6, Reception at 6:30, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.;
– GrapeFest Wine and Food Pairings and
– GrapeFest Golf Classic, Friday, September 5.
Make plans now to enjoy all of these fun activities during GrapeFest:
– Artisan Vendors;
– Carnival Rides and Midway Games;
– Champagne Cork Shoot-Off, Saturday, September 14, 12:30 p.m.;
– Champagne Terrace;
– Draft & Craft Beers;
– Festival Foods;
– GrapeFest Tennis Classic, presented by Adolphson & Peterson, Friday, September 12, Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14;
– Grapevine Glockenspiel Clock Tower’s Would-Be Train Robbers Nat Barrett and Willy Majors appearing at Noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily;
– The Grapevine Opry Show, Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m.;
– Grapevine Vintage Railroad stationary exhibits featuring “Puffy,” the 1896 steam locomotive and a preview of the 2014 North Pole Express®;
– Grapevine Winery Tours, Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14;
– KidsWorld, featuring LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium and interactive games;
– Palate Pleasers at the Palace culinary events;
– Shopping at the stores in Historic Downtown Grapevine throughout the festival;
– Unlimited Carnival Ride Pass, September 11, 5 p.m. – close. $25 in advance; $30 at the festival;
– Variety of stages featuring more than 90 opportunities to see live entertainment throughout the festival and much, much more!
Discover Grapevine’s hotels during GrapeFest! For information on hotels, packages and where to stay, visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/GrapeFest.
The 28th Annual GrapeFest – A Wine Experience will open on Thursday, September 11 at 10 a.m. Admission is free to everyone all day Thursday and until 5 p.m. on Friday. Hours are Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission prices are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) and children (6-12).
Weekend passes are available for $18 and souvenir weekend passes are $23. Admission is free for children five and under. For more information, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-457-6338 or 817-410-3185 or visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/GrapeFest.