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HGTV’s Mike and Jenn Todryk buy brewery in Allen with a dark past
Dallas-based reality TV stars Mike and Jen Todyrick, who lead the HGTV series No Demo Reno, have taken over an Allen brewery once owned by an accused murderer. The couple have purchased Nine Band Brewery with plans to revamp the facility and incorporate a coffee roastery on the property, according to the Dallas Morning News. The Todryks also own sArmor Coffee Co. in Allen.
Nine Band was previously owned by Keith Todd Ashley, who was indicted in April for capital murder by a Dallas County grand jury. According to police, Ashley allegedly befriended a 62-year-old Carrollton man named James Seegan in an attempt to gain control of his finances. After allegedly shooting Seegan in February of 2020, police allege Ashley staged the crime scene to make it appear that the man died by suicide. Officers apparently found aspects of the crime scene suspicious, including the fact that Seegan, who was right-handed, was holding the gun in his left hand. Ashley was also indicted on charges of federal wire fraud.
Mike Todryk told the DMN that he didn’t know about the brewery’s history — he just saw the property as a good business opportunity.
Fletcher’s Corny Dogs now available for delivery nationwide
The iconic Fletcher’s Corny Dog, the cornmeal-wrapped hot dog on a stick that was invented at the State Fair of Texas in 1942, is now available in all 50 states thanks to Goldbelly.com. Half a million corn dogs are sold every year during the three weeks of the fair, and now, even non-Texas can get a taste. The dogs are sold shipped frozen overnight, to be cooked in an air fryer or oven. Options include the original corn dog, jalapeño and cheese, the Bird Dog (make with turkey sausage), the veggie dog, and Make Mine Texas, a brisket and beef hotdog, with custom seasoning and wrapped in Fletcher’s secret cornmeal recipe. Orders start at $49 for six dogs. Check out the full menu here.
Victory Park launches dog-friendly happy hour series
The “dog days of summer” have arrived at Victory Park with the launch of a new weekly happy hour series featuring music, dog- and human-friendly cocktails, food vendors, family events and more. The event kicks off Thursday, August 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the lawn between High Market and Lamar streets, and will take place weekly at least through the end of August.
Restaurants like Burgundy Swine, Cafe Victoria, and Hatchways Cafe will offer food and drink specials, plus Aqua S’s ice cream cart will be on hand, and Dog City will be serving pup-friendly ‘champagne’ and ‘wine’. Proceeds from some of the sells will benefit rescue organization Pups in the City. Find out more on the event’s Facebook page.