Taking Care of Business – Coming soon: salsa on Sundays

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, February 2, 2019

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This isn’t exactly breaking news.

The rumor has been going around for weeks, but I hadn’t been able to confirm it until now. Villa Grande is going to open in the former Bonos Chophouse and Saloon, 2025 North Highway 287, just outside Decatur.

Kristen Tribe

I can report this to be true because we’re running a legal notice saying they’ve applied for their private club registration through the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission at this address.

Also, a real estate agent sent a press release to the Messenger touting the sale of the building to Villa Grande LLC of Denton, “which plans to reopen with another restaurant.”

Edgar and Liliana Suarez opened the first Villa Grande in 2001 in Crossroads on U.S. 380. They now have locations in Denton, Fort Worth, Haslet and Gainesville.

Although I have not yet eaten there myself, Editor Richard Greene digs the fajitas.

In other restaurant news, a homestyle cooking restaurant is slated to open in the former Frilly’s, 400 North Highway 287, in Decatur.


Neil Livingston of Decatur was recently named one of the nation’s top 10 Hospice Heroes by Science Care, the world’s largest whole body donation program.

Livingston, as well as hospice professionals from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Oklahoma, were selected for upholding the highest standards while looking after the terminally ill. “Hospice is one of the most underutilized programs, despite it being on the cutting edge of pharmaceuticals and patient care,” Livingston said. “It’s more than just medication management and vital signs. Hospice is complex, and that’s why I love what I do. I am able to listen and make the unknown known to those who need answers the most.”

Recipients of the award were nominated by colleagues, friends and family with a 500-word essay. Caregivers recognized provide unwavering practical, emotional and spiritual support to those in need.


The Divine Center of Yoga has recently been partnering with other local businesses for yoga mixers. On Feb. 16, they’re having Yoga and Wine – Texas Vineyard and Style Flow at Marker Cellars Winery, 1484 CR 2585, in Alvord.

There will be an hour of yoga followed by a wine tasting, starting at 11 a.m. To purchase tickets, go to (Wine and yoga … this sounds incredibly relaxing.)

The studio is also having a food drive the first two weeks of February for Wise Area Relief Mission in Decatur. They’re seeking donations of cereal and peanut butter. Items should be 2 pounds or less. In other words, WARM can’t use the cafeteria size food items.


I have a Chick-fil-A gift card burning a hole in my pocket. And sadly, no place to use it.

Days without Chick-fil-A in Wise County: 138.

Kristen Tribe is publisher of the Wise County Messenger. If you have a business tip, call her at 940-627-5987 or email

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