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CM THE RECORD
BY BEINf PEYTON
Dentonites don't have to venture
far from the comfort of.their own
residences to find themselves at
home. Many of the city's most popular
restaurants, bars and clubs are in old,
often historic, houses.
Offering a refreshing change of pace
from cookie culler style restaurant
chains are these one of a kind in-house
businesses, each with its own character
and ever-evolving story.
Giuseppe's Italian Restaurant
If you ever pay a visit to Giuseppe's
Italian Restaurant, you'll most likely find
yourself enjoying a relaxing and intimate
candlelit dinner. Forty years ago, a trip to
82"! N. Locust St. would have been a less
The house, built in 1938, was occupied
b\ L.W. MacKenna Dentist's office in the
1960s after its initial residents moved
out. A handful of other businesses set
up shop in the former home before
it became one of Denton's most well-
Owner Giuseppe Brownell said he
knew he had found his dream restaurant
the second he walked in.
"A. house was the last tiling I was
looking for," Brownell said. "The minute
I walked in I said 'This is the spot."'
Brownell believes that cozy features of
the house such as its rustic wood floors
add a lot to the; experience that test*
Denton residents coming back.
I looellie's Oyster Bar
Bar at 207 S. Bell Aye. is a testament
to some of the difficulties involved
in turning a house into a functional
The house was moved from Elm
Street to serve as an office building
for llie Denton Arts Council before
becoming a Bail Bonds office and
evenUially Hoochie's, although trouble
getting the building up to code delayed
II !<• restaurant's March opening.
Tfas little yellow house look a lot of
Work to get it back to snuff," said owner
Sam Solomon. [But] it makes people
feel at home when they walk in.
Cups and Crepes
Patrick Will and his wife always feel
at home when they walk into this three-
stoiy Victorian-styles house, complete,
with their Veiy own restaurant on the
The Wills both work and live in Cups
and Crepes, a quaint coffee and breakfast
cafe at '>09 Hrv St.
"It's the only place I drink coffee,"
Patrick Will said.
Will bought what was then an
apartment complex in 1989 before
beginning the process of converting it
into Gups and Crepes in 2004.
"It's my wife 's dream," Will said. "I like
having a happy wife; she likes having a
The cozy cafe relies on. I lie college
community's bike and foot traffic.
"I enjoy the social part of it.. I., enjoy Fiy
Street and the college kids!"
Oak Street Drafthouse
Offering 50 different draft Ix-crs.
including 20 from Texas, is enough
motivation for anyone to visit the
Oak Street Drafthouse. However^ the
Drafthouse stands out from most typical
" I am asparts fan but not having TVs,
you know, you have to talk to people,"
owner John Williams said.
Located at 308 E. Oak St., the third
oldest house in Denton, the bar features
photographs depicting tin- city's histoiy
and furniture that would not be out
of place in your grandmother's living
Sometimes, a home's history keeps
coming back: Williams said a past
resident of the house regularly drops by
Williams said Sam Saul Jr., who lived
in the house from 1933 to 1952, still
comes by once a month to have a beer
and look back on fond memories of his
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Bottoni, Paul. On The Record, Vol. 4, No. 1, Ed. 1 Friday, June 15, 2012, periodical, June 15, 2012; Denton, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255944/m1/19/: accessed March 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .