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Abandoned house on Hickory Street becomes bar

Abandoned house on Hickory Street becomes bar

The Treehouse is a new bar and grill located near the corner of Hickory and Avenue A. Open 11-2 Monday - Saturday and 12-12 on Sundays. Photo By Zac Switzer/Staff Photographer

Abandoned house on Hickory Street becomes bar
January 14
22:09 2013

H. Drew Blackburn/Senior Staff Writer

The Treehouse Bar and Grill is the newest bar in town. It may sit shiny and new on Hickory Street today but it was once a rotting house. Owner Grant McGuire said the house sat vacant for six years before he started renovating it in May, hoping to turn the trashed house into a treasured bar.

Originally, the idea was to obtain a spot in the Sterling at Fry Street Development.

“They sort of politely said ‘thanks but no thanks,’” McGuire said. The concept of having a bar under the apartments did not bode well with management.

His leasing agent recommended a house on Hickory Street. McGuire said he was originally apprehensive, but his dad eventually convinced him the spot would be a good fit.

“The place had no lockable doors and every window knocked out,” McGuire said. “It was in really bad shape.“

The renovation process lasted from May 2012 until last December. UNT alum Mike Carrera became McGuire’s head chef after their mothers realized Carrera needed a job and McGuire needed a chef. Carrera said getting the job was a stroke of luck.

He studied marketing at UNT but said he always had a passion for cooking and believes his education will serve as an asset.

“I figured one of the reasons restaurants fail these days is because of bad marketing and bad food,” Carrera said. ”If I had the food covered all I need to do is get my marketing covered and I can take it from there.”

Carrera and McGuire hope to market Treehouse to students at UNT but would like to have a different environment than what other Fry Street bars have to offer.

“We’re not real big Fry Street patrons so this may be something to help motivate us to this side of town more often,” pre-journalism junior Mason Callejas said.

He visited the bar with anthropology senior Ashley Austin who said that it is always good to find a new place to hang out in Denton.

Carrera said that what detracts him from Fry Street is the density. McGuire hopes he can keep the bar relatively clean and provide a relaxed environment where patrons can enjoy themselves.

“When you’re 21 or 22, the first bar you like to hit up is rowdy and people like to get into fights and the bar sort of reflects that,” McGuire said. “There’s nothing wrong with that and that’s sort of your first place.”

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