The Rim has seen some serious growth in the last few years and the shopping mecca is still gaining traction with developers. The latest attraction to open will be the second location of Bowl & Barrel (17619 La Cantera Pkwy., Suite 102), a Dallas-based boutique bowling facility, European beer hall and à la minute restaurant. The bowling alley opens to the public on Thursday (11 a.m. to midnight and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays) with charcuterie boards, bites, burgers, pizza and a rotating list of European brews.
The 15-lane bowling alley occupies 12,000 square feet and will drive home the boutique angle with hi-tech bowling system, shoe drop-off service and hourly reservations for lanes. Owner Kyle Noonan and business partner Josh Sepkowitz have opened a slew of eateries under FreeRange Concepts; they're speedily making their way across the state with another Bowl & Barrel heading to Houston.
FreeRange Concepts will also add General Public to the mix this July, next door to Bowl & Barrel. The eatery is housed in a swanky GQ-esque space with black and white chevron floors, navy wood and copper tile ceilings and comfy seating. It will feature traditional, familiar recipes with a modern, cleaner touch, so expect to find burgers, a pork and greens dish with oven-roasted kale, cornbread crumbles and a bacon aioli, along with oven-roasted cauliflower and a candle-laden Birthday Cake dessert.
In product news, local Rackers Dominic Mendiola along with wife Susie are working on Dom's Chop Salsa. It combines mesquite-fired veggies and fruits with a secret "DCS" spice mix to produce traditional mild, happy medium and "scorpion hot" flavors. In order for the salsas to hit the market, the couple and their partner are fundraising through IndieGoGo in order to have a $50,000 custom-made stainless steel grill that would increase production by 1,000 percent. Perk packages start at $5 and go up to $5,000 for DCS Founders. As of press time, the campaign had raised $4,510 with 29 days left to hit its goal.
You'll be able to guzzle down your favorite locally made lemonades without having to track them down at area farmers markets and events. The Lemonade Company is distributing 16-ounce bottles of their two most popular flavors, classic and strawberry lemonade, to A La Mode Gelato (1420 S. Alamo St.), Rosella Coffee Co. (203 E. Jones Ave., Suite 101), Altitude Trampoline Park (11075 I-10 W, Suite 126), Smoke Shack Trailer (2347 Nacogdoches) and Jimbo's Slice of Heaven food truck (mobile).