A local gourmet, wine and gift shop plans to expand its business in 2019 with the opening of a second location in the heart of downtown Denison.
Representatives with Sherman-based Bon Appetit Y’all recently announced plans to open a second location at 309 W. Main St. in Denison.
“She might need a facelift, but she has such good bones and we can’t wait to call this place home,” the business said in a Facebook Post on Nov. 2 about the new location. “We are thrilled to announce our second location, located in downtown Denison. We will have seating, a patio, and wine by the glass. Early next year, see you there!”
In a Facebook message, the business confirmed plans to move into the 1908-built building but said it was unable to discuss the details of the new location as the owners were currently traveling outside the country.
The need for a facelift refers to the collapse of the building’s front facade earlier this year. In May, the front facade of the first floor collapsed onto the sidewalk and into edges of Main Street. As the collapse happened on a Sunday evening, traffic was light in the area and there were no injuries. Estimates on the age of the facade range from the 1950s to as recently as the mid-1990s.
Since the collapse, Hempkins Partners, the owner of the property, has considered potential uses for the building. In September, Kevin Hempkins requested a certificate of appropriateness from the Historic Preservation Board for renovations to the building that include the full removal of the front facade to create a recessed entrance. In addition to the changes to the first floor, the request included restoration work to the brick face of the second floor and its windows.
The request called for the facade to be replaced with a series of retractable, accordion-style glass walls that would allow for outdoor seating. Officials at the time noted that the proposed changes seemed aimed at attracting a restaurant to the space, however that was not confirmed.
Staff noted the building no longer contributed to the city’s status as a historic district, which gave the building a degree of flexibility in how it could be altered beyond what would be acceptable for contributing structures. However, the board ultimately tabled the request in order to give the applicant more time to submit alternative designs that were closer to the feel and character of neighboring buildings.
On Tuesday, Robert Hempkins presented several alternative designs that used fencing, doors or retractable walls or flaps to create the outdoor seating space. After a brief discussion, the board ultimately approved a proposed design that utilized retractable canvases to create the outdoor space.