Joe Avezzano's Hat Tricks 101 E Corporate Dr #300, Lewisville, TX 750677
The Dallas area has become the epicenter for trendy culinary institutions in the past 5 years. The Bishop Arts District alone has earned a national spotlight in the growing scene of eclectic fast casual dining. As is the nature of all suburbs, the glitz and glamour of the neighboring big city always seems to overshadow the outlying areas. Here in Lewisville, Joe Avezzano’s Hat Tricks is a diamond hiding in the suburban rough.
Once inside the spacious and elegant wood adorned dining area, a selection of unique tables ranging from marble to felt covered surfaces specially designed to play dominos, are available for patrons to sit at. As I sat at a large rectangular marble table to indulge on their Taco Tuesday Special, I was greeted by an incredibly professional and multi-talented waitress. This young lady was also tending bar to my left. After very brief introduction she took our drink orders and quickly returned with chips and queso.
From the first taste of the queso, I was immediately impressed with what the kitchen was doing at this local gem. Unlike most Velveeta-type consistency quesos found in Tex-Mex cuisine, this particular dip found an excellent balance of fluidity and solidity. A very tame pepper profile was present. It was not award winning by any means and I have had far worse at “dedicated” Mexican restaurants.
Lewisville City Councilman Greg Tierney was held in Lewisville Jail Sunday morning after an arrest for driving while intoxicated. He was arrested at 1:47 a.m., and released Sunday afternoon around 4 p.m. on $5,000 bond.
Tierney had a previous arrest in 2011 for DWI. He was serving on the City Council at that time, and resigned from his post. Tierney had served his probation, and run for the office again, getting elected in 2013. His term expires in May of 2016.
A second offense for DWI in Texas is usually a Class A Misdemeanor, which could carry a jail term of 30 days to 1 year and a $4,000 fine. He could face a drivers license suspension of up to 2 years, and an annual license surcharge of $2,000 for up to 3 years.
Update - 6/29/15 - 11:55 a.m.: According to the complaint, Tierney was reported by an off-duty Gun Barrel City police officer who was working security for the I-35 construction project. At about 12:37 a.m., Tierney allegedly drove around a barricade and the officer's vehicle near the intersection of Northbound I-35 and Garden Ridge. After a flagger stopped Tierney's vehicle, the officer made contact with him, and smelled alcohol, and believed him to be intoxicated. Lewisville police were contacted, and attempted to conduct a sobriety check. The complaint states that Tierney told them he would not cooperate with the tests, so they took him into custody. The complaint also states that he had red glassy eyes at the time, and that Tierney told them he had an eye infection that he was taking medication for. Tierney told them that he had been on his boat at Eagle Point Marina just prior, and had three drinks.
Tierney was working on a statement for the press, as of this morning.
Update - 7/1/2015: Greg Tierney sent the following statement:
Regarding the events of this past weekend, I just want to say that I am humiliated and embarrassed. I am disappointed in myself. I want to apologize to the citizens of Lewisville for allowing my personal problems to detract from the good progress that is being made in our city.
I have been in communication with the Mayor and other key leaders within the city of Lewisville and will continue to stay in touch with them to determine the course of action that best serves the interests of our city.
This is an ongoing legal case so I cannot comment to any specifics regarding the case.
I am thankful for the many people who have reached out to me and offered their encouragement and support. I have graciously accepted personal support from both friends and professionals. In the near future I will focus on improving myself personally and professionally and seek the assistance that I need.
By Steve Southwell Update: 7/6/2015 Monday morning, Denton County's software vendor was able to update the computer system, and Judge Becky Kerbow's office was able to issue the first same-sex marriage license this morning to Jose Jimenez and Austin Avery. Kerbow notified them this morning that the system was ready for their license, and offered them the first opportunity since they had waited in her office last week. They were at her office in minutes.
The pair have been together since 2007, became engaged in 2008, and have lived together since that year. The two had long ago adopted a daughter who is now seven years old, but state law only allowed Jose to be on the adoption, since state law would not recognize two fathers. The two own a local business in Lewisville.
Kerbow said that she had taken some heat for her efforts to comply with the ruling. She said that despite her own opinions and beliefs, she felt it would be hypocritical not to comply with the law.
Congratulations to Jose and Austin, who will marry soon, but have not yet announced specific plans.
Update - 7/2/2014 - 9:05 a.m.: Judge Kerbow says her office is not currently issuing any marriage licenses (same-sex or otherwise) because the software her office uses has still not been updated by the county's vendor. Her office is referring people to the Denton office of County Clerk Juli Luke. Kerbow said that Luke's office had not provided any updated ETA after the software failed to be updated on Wednesday. Due to the upcoming extended holiday weekend, Kerbow thought it was unlikely that the update would happen before next week. She said she would personally call Luke today to discuss the issue.
The Lewisville Texan Journal was at Kerbow's office when it opened Wednesday morning to photograph what one couple hopes will be the first same-sex marriage license issued in Lewisville, but the system was not ready at that time. Kerbow said she would reach out to the couple and make sure they had the first shot at getting their license just as soon as her office is able to do it.
Original Story: Denton County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Becky Kerbow said Monday that her Lewisville office would start issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples as early as Wednesday - as soon as the software that her clerks use is updated to handle it. A Supreme Court decision handed down Friday legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Kerbow said that Denton County Clerk Juli Luke’s office in Denton began issuing the licenses Monday, and that her office had been referring people there until they could be issued in Lewisville. “The anticipation is that they’re done [installing the software] around Wednesday, is what they’re saying,” explained Kerbow.
Although issuing marriage licenses is normally the purview of the County Clerk, Kerbow’s employees in her Lewisville office have been deputized by Luke for that purpose so that local residents can obtain them without driving to Denton. Kerbow explained that the marriage licenses are issued under Luke’s authority. Once the new Denton County building is completed in Lewisville, there will be a County Clerk satellite office in it, and that office will begin issuing them instead. As a Justice of the Peace, Kerbow performs weddings for those who prefer not to marry with clergy officiating.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion stating that county clerks and their deputies who object to issuing same-sex licenses on the basis of their religious beliefs could have another employee perform the duties instead. Kerbow was currently out of town, but said that when she returned, she would talk with each of her six clerks individually about the opinion. Kerbow said that she didn’t anticipate any issues, and that she would continue to officiate weddings. “I will continue to do marriage ceremonies with anybody with a legal license to get married. Some won’t, but if there is a legal license, I have no reason to not do that ceremony," she said.
June 1 2015, Pomegranate Underground opened their doors in Lewisville. A unique art gallery focusing primarily on alternative art styles ranging from paintings to necklaces, Pomegranate Underground provides Lewisville with a facility that promotes and provides non-traditional art. Located at 418 N Stemmons Fwy, Lewisville, TX 75067, Pomegranate Underground sits in an ideal location close to Medical Center of Lewisville making Old Town Lewisville’s unofficial Arts District.
After opening that door and stepping into the bright yellow structure, patrons enter into a graffiti covered lounge area that is unlike any establishment in the area. Nathan Davis, a local graffiti artist who has previously had work displayed in the MCL Grand Theater in Old Town, has painted an impressive 9ft tall robot piece that extends from the right corner of the lounge to the ceiling above. The lounge area is a multi-purpose room serving as an entry way, a staging area for various events, and a concession stand.
Saturday June 27, 11:00am Today marks the debut of The Lewisville Texan Journal's Burger Run. Burger Run judges Omari Newton, Garrett Schick, Terri Starns, and Ray Hernandez started off at Square One Cafe. The burger presented was the Bacon and Bleu Burger. With bacon and blue cheese presented with both a wheat and poppy seed bun with spinach, tomato, Boar's Head Blue Cheese and 1/2 pound of fresh local beef. Served with a side of bacon steakhouse potato salad and priced at 9.23 and 2.99 respectively.
Ray Hernandez said: "The blue cheese was not tart, the patty was cooked perfectly and juicy." Terri Starns said: "The patty is so thick but not overdone, everything is great and prepared perfectly." Omari Newton said: "The bacon, the bread, its all good." Garrett Schick said: "I can't add anything the other haven't said, great burger."
A great start to a great day, the judges cheerfully loaded into the Chevrolet Suburban compliments of Huffines Chevrolet of Lewisville and made their way to the next location.
Saturday June 27, 11:27am Second on the run is the Korner Cafe. The judge panel walked into a very busy lunch rush and were immediately greeted by wonderful accommodation. Presented was the Borderline Burger, a half pound patty that is dressed with house made chipotle mayo, carmalized onions and jalapenos, and put on a whole grain Orrowheat bun, served with steak fries and priced at 7.99.
Garrett: "Diner Style; I liked it." Omari: "The bread, the jalapeños, the onions-- everything was fresh." Terri: "It was good. the heat and everything was perfect, it looked dry but it was surprisingly juicy." Ray: "Everything was very good, the jalapeño and onions were caramelized perfectly."
With high spirits and full bellies, the judge panel headed to the next location
Saturday June 27, 12:00pm The judge panel made their way inside Joe Avezzano's Hat Tricks. They were instantly greeted by the booming sound of the Flower Mound School of Rock, where children ages 7-12 were performing various covers of famous rock hits. The burger presented was the H.T. Surf N Turf Burger. Akaushi Beef and garlic shrimp topped with a house made paprika mayo, queso fresco, and served on a local made Brioche bun.
Ray: "Overall it was very good, a bit overcooked, the complexity was amazing however and the flavor were all on point." Garrett: "It was an insanely good burger, everything worked so well, it wasn't the most impressive visually but it blew my mind in flavor." Omari: "Original is an understatement, this was one of the most unique concepts in a burger." Terri: "A bit overcooked,but the spices were incredible, it was phenomenal."
Saturday June 27, 12:31 Starting to feel the effects of the run, the judge panel sat at the circular tables of Rack & Tap. After being given bottles of water, the judges were presented The Texas Tailgate Burger. Price at 9.50 the jalapeno, brisket, and pickles topped with mild cheddar cheese, the 1/2lb burger comes on a brioche bun.
Ray: "The brisket was a nice surprise, it was chopped, I enjoyed it and the potatoes were especially unique." Terri: "I enjoyed the fries and the sauce, I felt the barbecue sauce was bit overwhelming but overall good." Omari: "The fries were very original, the burger was juicy and and cooked well, the barbecue sauce was not incredibly overwhelming, but great." Garrett: "Reminiscent of traditional Texas Barbecue sandwich, excellent curly taters. Very good."
And with partially full bellies, the judges made their way and took a brief intermission to prepare for the next tasty presentation.
Saturday June 27, 1:28pm Drunken Donkey housed the fifth location on the run. Greeted by manager Patrick Bright and kitchen manager of all Drunken Donkey locations Jorge Nieto, they were presented "The Squealer"; a 1/2 pound of beef on Lindemans Frambois marinated pork, topped with ham, bacon, and dressed with onion and priced at $12.99.
Terri: "Amazing, it just all worked so well." Omari: "It was real good, the detail of everything put in is upfront, the citrus notes, the marinade all good." Ray: "Overall it all worked well, so many components worked together in harmony. It squealed with excellent flavor, pun intended." Garrett: "It was pig overload, but i loved every second of it!"
Saturday June 27, 2:18 Running a bit behind, the judges arrived at The Rusty Beagle. A decent crowd arrived to support the establishment. The burger submitted was The Rusty, a 1/2 pound burger topped with cream cheese filled Jalapenos and topped with bacon and dressed with barbecue brisket. Named after the late owner Rusty, this burger was cooked with emotion and love and priced at $11.99.
Garrett: "Massive burger. really unique idea with the stuffed Jalapenos. Enjoyed it." Ray: "Culmination of love for family, and the name perfectly matches the store." Omari: "The burger perfectly fit the home town atmosphere, clearly this was a town charm." Terri: "It seemed a bit under cooked due to time constraints, the burger was juicy and the jalapenos were great."
With energy visibly drained, and bellies reaching near full capacity the judge panel got back into the Suburban provided by Huffines Chevrolet of Lewisville and made their way to spot #7
Saturday June 27, 3:00 Tired and beaten,the judges stumbled into Martinez Grill and Taqueria. They were served a Mexicano burger dressed with ham, bacon, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato and onion. A modest but meaty burger priced at $7.59 with fries. They reluctantly dug in with fear for their stomachs.
Ray: "There was a bit too much mayonnaise, and the patty tasted frozen." Terri: "It was decent overall, good value." Omari: "The value was excellent, the burger was decent." Garrett: "Decent burger, similar to a Big Mac in flavor but great value."
Feeling defeated, they loaded back into the Suburban and made their way down the road to the final spot
Saturday June 27, 3:31 Just a step away from crawling from being too full to walk, the judges made their way to their table at Tierney's Cafe. As they were presented their Lewisville Farm Burger, a tower of locally grown vegetables sitting atop a ground brisket and chorizo burger patty, over-medium egg, and jalapeno bacon and served with a side of waffle battered onion rings. The burger has a jaw-dropping $7.95 price tag. The representatives from all the local spots made their way to prepare for the score announcements.
Ray: "Excellent, the fresh vegetables and all the dressing work together to make one amazing burger, and those onion rings are just incredible." Omari: "The value, the vegetables, its just too good." Garrett: "Incredible, the amount of flavor here is just magical." Terri: "This is just the best; its simply amazing."
Saturday June 27, 4:00 After 5 long hours, the first Lewisville Texan Journal Burger Run came to an end. All participating venues brought their best items to the table to win. There are no losers this day, everyone here was voted by the citizens of our lovely town to participate in this event.
Final Scores: Each restaurant was rated by each judge 1-10 for taste, execution, appearance, and value for a total score of up to 160 points each. Here are the full scores each restaurant received:
In addition, our online readers gave the Citizens Choice award to Drunken Donkey.
Spirits were high despite some unexpected placing, but in the end we all enjoyed a delicious and beautifully detailed burger cake from Muffintops And Jellyrolls. All in all the Lewisville Texan Journal burger run was a success.
The Lewisville Texan Journal thanks all of these restaurants for participating, as well as all the judges, who maintained their fairness despite being stuffed, Huffines Auto Group for providing the use of the Chevy Suburban, and Muffintops and Jellyrolls for the beautiful cake.
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A small amount of engine oil from a natural gas compressor station has been picked up by flood waters in Lewisville, according to Lewisville Fire Marshall Tim Ippolito, who also serves as Lewisville’s Oil and Gas Inspector.
In aerial photos released by the Lewisville Office of Emergency Management Saturday, a hydrocarbon sheen could be seen on flood waters crossing Creekside Mobile Home Park, which is just downstream from the facilities. Upon review of the FEMA flood maps of the area, we realized that the Chesapeake Lewisville natural gas compressor station and several other gas wells and a wastewater collection facility were located within the affected area. We contacted Ippolito on Sunday, and he had already been notified of a situation that morning, and was on his way to check out the gas wells.
Chesapeake Energy owns a gas well and a compressor station in the area west of Duncan Lane, and south of Spinks. FEMA maps show most of that land within the 100 year floodplain, with the northern portion of the site in the 500 year floodplain. Trinity River Energy owns several wells and a centralized wastewater collection facility, which is shown to be in FEMA zone “X”, which is minimal flood hazard.
Ippolito said Monday that Chesapeake notified both the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about the release, which the Chesapeake representative told him was “less than 20 gallons”. Ippolito said that the operator had placed diking material around the Chesapeake compressor facility and along the downstream perimeter of the site, and that they had been on-site Friday through Sunday, which was when the peak flooding occurred. When Ippolito inspected the site on Sunday, he said that he saw no visible signs of leakage, and that the facility was shut down. “While it is unfortunate that they experienced the small leak, I am satisfied that they responded appropriately and do not anticipate any further leakage,” he said. “We will monitor the situation.”
Update: 10:35 p.m.: It appears that Denton Creek may have crested. As you can see from the chart, the water level has been at around the 26.9 foot level, and appears it may be ready to start slowly receding.
A quick drive through Creekside this evening showed water levels approximately where they were this morning when we checked them out. Fingers crossed, hopefully the worst is behind us, and the water will not damage any homes.
Update: 10:45 a.m.: Waters definitely have risen overnight, and many streets throughout the park have been flooded. Some streets have between 9 inches and a foot of water covering them, and have been barreled off by the City. Water has come up into the 500 year floodplain now, according to the FEMA map we posted last night.
Update - 10:40 p.m.: The City of Lewisville Emergency hotline is 972-219-3700. That number provides information about the facility if you need to go. You can also bring your pets with you, and Animal Services will be on-hand to help take care of them.
Update: 10:25 p.m.: Lewisville Office of Emergency Management says that currently only one family has taken advantage of the city's shelter at the Fred Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle in Lewisville near the Police Department and Library.
OEM has provided a map showing the potentially affected area. Note that this is NOT a map of current flood waters, but rather a map of the homes at risk
Update: 10:15 p.m.: Grapevine lake has continued to rise today, on pace to pick up about 9 inches today. As long as the lake is on the rise, Denton Creek will also be on the rise. It could take days for this water to go back down.
The only forecast that I have right now is for the Elm Fork Trinity, near Carrollton, which is down stream from where Denton Creek, Timber Creek, and the Elm Fork from Lewisville converge. This forecast puts the crest there happening about mid-day on Sunday, a foot and a half higher than what it is right now. This doesn't translate to the same rise for Denton Creek, but that should shed some light on their thinking.
Update: 9:55 p.m.: A couple things we wanted to mention:
- Electricity has been turned off for many residents who are expected to be affected by this flooding. So has water service. That means that although the evacuation is not mandatory, it would be quite uncomfortable to stay overnight. If you are in one of the affected homes, we strongly encourage you to heed the warnings and leave so that you don't get stuck with no way out, and no way to make a phone call or charge your phone.
- The nearest flood gauge to watch for this is at Denton Creek and SH 121. That gauge can be found online here. As you can see, the height of the water is making a pretty linear rise. It is about 2.5 feet higher than it was at noon today.
Update: 9:30 p.m.: Here's the FEMA 100 year floodplain map for the Denton County portion of Creekside. Gray areas are the 100-year flood inundated area.
And here is the Dallas County portion:
Update: 9:10 p.m.: The water has risen quite a bit at Creekside today. Residents were told this afternoon that the water could come up an additional 5 feet or so. Zulma Gasca was gathering her family and belongings and getting ready to go stay with her sister. Waters were about 3 feet below her front door threshold when we stopped by to visit with her, and were continuing to rise.
Tropical Storm Bill's massive rainfall in Wise and Montague counties caused an inflow of water to Grapevine Lake, which is now going over the spillway into Denton Creek. Denton Creek, the "creekside" part of the park's name runs just to the south and west of the park, and had jumped its banks.
The evacuation is recommended for residents who live near the creek, or who must travel on roads that may become flooded. Roads may flood and become impassable before water enters any homes.
For your own safety and for the convenience of the residents in the park, please do not go sight-seeing in the park. Lewisville Police will be patrolling the park all night to maintain security and assist residents.
Original Post Via The City of Lewisville (About 5 p.m.) Residents of a Lewisville mobile home park have been asked to evacuate their homes as a nearby creek rises toward flood levels. Mayor Rudy Durham signed an Order of Local Emergency earlier today.
City workers visited Creekside Mobile Home Park on Ace Lane in southern Lewisville this afternoon to notify them about the flooding risk and to assist with evacuation of homes threatened by rising water.
Even though rain has stopped locally, the potential for flooding remains a concern as Denton Creek continues to rise with runoff from heavy rains earlier this week in parts of the Lake Grapevine basin. State and federal officials monitoring the water levels have notified the City of Lewisville that the creek is expected to rise another 4-5 feet above the elevated levels measured at noon today.
If that prediction proves accurate, multiple homes in the western and southern parks of Creekside Mobile Home Park close to the flood path of Denton Creek, are expected to take on water later tonight. Adjacent streets also are expected to flood. The water level could remain elevated for several days. Evacuees using the shelter are encouraged to bring food, blankets, pillows and other items they might need during the evening and overnight.
Residents in the homes likely to be impacted were asked to remove possessions from their yards and properties that might be damaged or washes away by flood waters. Because high water also could cause utility outages, including electricity and water/sewer, they were advised to prepare to spend at least several days away from their homes.
The city has set up a temporary shelter at Fred Herring Recreation Center, 191 Civic Circle, for residents displaced by the evacuation. The shelter will open at 7 p.m. and remain open overnight, or longer depending upon need. Lewisville Police Department is arranging security at Creekside Mobile Home Park.
Anyone caught in the flood waters or facing a life-threatening emergency should call 9-1-1.
Impacted residents can get more information by calling the Emergency information Hotline at 972.219.3700, on the city website at cityoflewisville.com, or through Facebook or Twitter.
35Express Crews Prepare to Set Beams for the Newly Expanded Portion of the Garden Ridge Boulevard Bridge in Lewisville
Lewisville, Texas- As work begins to place approximately 25 beams for the newly constructed portion of the Garden Ridge Boulevard bridge over I-35E, motorists will experience intermittent closures on the structure.
On Saturday, June 20, AGL crews will begin setting beams on the south side of the existing Garden Ridge Boulevard bridge. Trucks carrying the beams will be staged along eastbound Garden Ridge Boulevard (approaching the bridge over I-35E) from 7 p.m. Saturday, June 20 until 6 a.m. Monday, June 22.
As beams are being placed, east and westbound Garden Ridge Boulevard will be intermittently closed during this same time period. A flagger will be present to maintain two way traffic.
In addition, two northbound lanes of I-35E will be closed between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The third northbound lane will also be closed for 15 minute intervals as crews work over northbound I-35E.
This work is related to the 35Express Project, an expansion of I-35E between U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County and I-635 in Dallas County. All closures are subject to weather conditions and may be postponed, as necessary.
For more information on the 35Express Project, please visit www.35Express.org or call 214-483-7777.
Rendering via 35Express: eventual configuration of the Garden Ridge Blvd Bridge
Update - 6/17/2015: Fox 4 News is reporting that the victim, 32-year-old Michael Singleton has died from his injuries this Tuesday.
Original Story - 6/10/2015: Lewisville Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person or vehicle that was involved in a hit and run crash on Monday, June 8, 2015. Sometime between 9:45 p.m. and 10:15 p.m., a 32-year-old male was struck while attempting to cross the street in the 600 block of South Garden Ridge Boulevard. The victim was crossing Garden Ridge westbound and was likely struck by a southbound vehicle. The victim was crossing mid-block and was not in a crosswalk. The victim was walking to a retail area on the southwest corner of South Garden Ridge Boulevard and Main Street (FM 1171). The victim was transported to Medical Center of Lewisville and then by air ambulance to Medical Center of Plano. On Tuesday, police had said that the man had been intoxicated and had minor injuries. As of this morning, he is currently unresponsive and in critical condition.
Investigators do not know what type of vehicle was involved in the hit and run and have very limited information. It is plausible the driver did not know he struck a person.
Anyone with any information on this hit and run should contact the Lewisville Police Department at 972-219-TIPS (8477) or Denton County Crime Stoppers at 800-388-TIPS (8477). People may also text a tip anonymously using the keyword “TIPLPD” with your information to 847411.