August 20, 2014

  • Bank of Texas to Renovate Hillcrest Facility

    Among those turning dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony were, from left, University Park Mayor Olin Lane; Norm Bagwell, Bank of Texas chairman and CEO; Mark Wade, Bank of Texas president and chief operating officer; Frank Marshall, Park Cities vice chairman for Bank of Texas; and Mike Davis, Texas branch delivery manager.

    Among those turning dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony were, from left, University Park Mayor Olin Lane; Norm Bagwell, Bank of Texas chairman and CEO; Mark Wade, Bank of Texas president and chief operating officer; Frank Marshall, Park Cities vice chairman for Bank of Texas; and Mike Davis, Texas branch delivery manager.

    Bank of Texas broke ground this week on renovations to its Hillcrest Avenue location in University Park.

    The exterior design renovations at the two-story facility will include glass, stone, and brick intended to complement the surrounding neighborhood architecture. The interior also will be redesigned with a more open floor plan. Construction is slated for completion in May 2015.

    The project also includes replacing the existing walk-up ATM machine with a covered drive-up ATM, along with two covered drive-through lanes. The office building will feature an extra 8,000 square feet of space that the bank will lease to an outside tenant.

    Also during the groundbreaking ceremony, the bank donated $1,000 to After-School All-Stars North Texas, a Dallas-based nonprofit that provides a variety of after-school programs.

    Bank of Texas plans a similar renovation for its location on Walnut Hill Lane in Preston Hollow later this year.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 20, 2014 | 4:01 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Lady Scots Topple Byron Nelson

    Allegra Munoz (8) and the Lady Scots cruised past Byron Nelson on Tuesday. (Photo: Jeff Kane)

    Allegra Munoz (8) and the Lady Scots cruised past Byron Nelson on Tuesday. (Photo: Jeff Kane)

    Highland Park opened its home volleyball schedule with a four-set win over Trophy Club Byron Nelson on Tuesday, 25-16, 25-19, 26-28, 25-17.

    Statistical leaders for the Lady Scots (7-3) included Caroline Downing (14 kills, three aces, eight digs), Grace Bonnet (nine kills, nine digs, three aces), Elizabeth Gilley (nine kills, 18 digs), Allegra Munoz (eight kills, five digs), Landry Ray (24 assists, 15 digs, three aces), Madeline Bonnet (16 digs, six assists, three aces), and Catherine Johnson (20 assists, 15 digs).

    Last weekend, HP won five of its eight matches at the prestigious Texas Volleyball Invitational tournament in Pearland. We won’t list all the stats here, but the Lady Scots earned wins over Fort Bend Travis, Waller, Byron Nelson, Houston Stratford, and League City Clear Springs. The losses came against The Woodlands John Cooper, Southlake Carroll, and League City Clear Creek.

    HP will continue its busy early-season schedule on Friday with pool play in the Allen tournament. The Lady Scots will travel to Keller for a nondistrict match on Tuesday.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 20, 2014 | 3:30 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Bailey: ‘Shocked’ Patrizio Had to Leave Village

    Ed Bailey, father of political candidate Leigh Bailey, said he was “shocked” when he learned he would have to leave Highland Park Village, according to the DMN.

    Earlier this summer, we reported that Patrizio had not renewed its lease, following a meeting with Village owner Ray Washburne and the Highland Park Town Council.

    But in yesterday’s piece, Bailey claims that Washburne chose not to renew the lease following a discussion on updating the restaurant, and instead, chose to take the space in a new direction.

    Bailey first bought the restaurant in 2006, and estimates that the annual sales for the restaurant reach around $4 million. His lease in the Village is up early next year, and he has yet to find a replacement space for the restaurant.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 20, 2014 | 12:11 pm | 3 Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 19, 2014

  • Water is a Hot Topic of CREW Luncheon

    Betsy del Monte

    Betsy del Monte

    The Dallas chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women will focus on water conservation at its luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Park City Club.

    The luncheon speakers will be Betsy del Monte, founding principal of the nonprofit Transform Global, and Russell Laughlin, senior vice president of Hillwood.

    The event is open to the public, with tickets costing $55 in advance and $65 at the door. For more information contact Kim Hopkins at 214-890-6490 or khopkins@crew-dallas.org.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 19, 2014 | 3:39 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 18, 2014

  • HPISD Parent Workshop Not Just For Brainiacs

    David Yeager

    David Yeager

    The Parent Education Committee at Highland Park High School will host a free workshop called “Mindset and the Role of the Parent” at noon Tuesday in the HPHS auditorium. It’s open to all HPISD parents.

    The speaker will be Dr. David Yeager, a former middle school teacher and current faculty member at the University of Texas. He has authored articles about brain research and the flexibility of intelligence, which sound like pretty heady topics to us.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 18, 2014 | 7:29 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Sessions to Speak at Park Cities YMCA

    Pete Sessions

    Pete Sessions

    U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions will stop by the Park Cities YMCA on Tuesday morning for a check presentation honoring the partnerships between the YMCA and three other local nonprofits. Sessions will speak about 9:30 a.m.

    The event will pay tribute to Ability Connection Texas and its adaptive aquatics program, which was launched three years ago. The adaptive aquatics program includes instruction on how to float independently and with a device, how to control breathing, kicking, basic paddling, front crawl, back stroke and jumping or diving into the pool. Children also receive special attention and instruction that may help develop competency in the water as well as improve overall coordination, speech and language, range of movement, social and attending behaviors.

    The Rise School of Dallas and Connecting Point of Park Cities also will be recognized. Both organizations will soon use the Y facilities.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 18, 2014 | 6:27 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • It’s True: New York Sub is Closing

    Oh, Ken. We thought we had more time. (Staff photo: Monica Lake)

    Oh, Ken. We thought we had more time. (Staff photo: Monica Lake)


    This just makes us sad. New York Sub, which just celebrated its 40th anniversary in February, will be closing soon.

    We saw it first via Twitter, and have just confirmed with the shop. We’ll get you more details (such as closing date) as we get them. But for now, we’re just dreaming of turkey and cheese subs, with a single, glistening tear on our collective cheek. I, for one, know that finals week at SMU will never be the same with this void on Asbury Avenue.

    UPDATE (10:47 A.M.):
    Owner Ken Harkness tells us that Project Pie — which is featured in our upcoming, September issue — will be the new tenant on Asbury Avenue.

    “When the word went out this place was for lease, we were inundated,” he said. “It’s the first time in more than 40 years it’s come up for lease, and Project Pie is a pretty cool concept.”

    Harkness slowly started getting the word out about his retirement from the restaurant industry a few weeks ago — after all, he serves many third-and-fourth-generation customers. But he must vacate as of Oct. 1. Is this the end?

    “If somebody wanted to resurrect this, I’d be happy to sell them the name and mentor them,” he said.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 18, 2014 | 10:25 am | 2 Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 15, 2014

  • Mosquitoes Are a Total Buzzkill in UP

    A mosquito sample near Highland Park Middle School tested positive for West Nile virus. You know what that means: University Park will fog all parks and school campuses after 9 p.m. tomorrow night. For more info, go here.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 15, 2014 | 3:37 pm | 3 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Kuby’s Joins Artizone Delivery Service

    SONY DSCThis is probably the happiest news I could blog right now. I know all of you are Kuby’s fans, and probably have been since the 1960s, so you will join me in rejoicing when you hear that our favorite, neighborhood restaurant has joined Artizone.com. What’s that, you say? It’s an “online marketplace” for local shops that offers delivery service.

    So the next time you need bratwurst, liverwurst, mettwurst and knackwurst delivered to your door for a hearty, German meal served at home, you’re all set. 

    What will this cost you? There’s a flat rate of $5.95 for delivery (in addition to your food costs). But if your subtotal goes over $120, you won’t pay a dime for delivery. Not too bad.

    Of course, there’s still nothing like joining the throngs of people lining up out the door on a Sunday, with the old, German clock chiming overhead. Great, now I’m thinking about the King Ludwig breakfast plate. Ugh. See you at Kuby’s this weekend.

    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 15, 2014 | 3:05 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Highlander Band Hits the Streets For Fundraiser

    These guys will be taking it to the streets on Saturday morning. (Photo: Greg Sommers)

    These guys will be taking it to the streets on Saturday morning. (Photo: Greg Sommers)

    The music you hear outside your window on Saturday morning might be coming from the Highland Park Highlander band, which will hold its inaugural March-a-Thon 5K fundraiser to raise money for the upcoming school year.

    The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. in front of Highland Park High School, with the band marching down McFarlin Boulevard, around Snider Plaza, and back to the high school.

    Donations can be submitted along the route or at the band’s website. And who knows? They might even take requests.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 15, 2014 | 12:41 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS