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December 7, 2018 (Lewisville, TX) – Two new restaurants, Ramen Izakaya Akira and The Grind Burger Bar & Tap Room, are open in the growing Castle Hills Village Shops in Lewisville. The Village Shops is a neighborhood destination and gathering place in the master-planned Castle Hills community located at 2520 King Arthur Blvd. in Lewisville.

Ramen Izakaya Akira is a traditional Japanese ramen restaurant now open for both lunch and dinner. Menu items at Ramen Izakaya Akira include ramens simmered for eight hours such as Spicy Chicken Broth Ramen and Garlic Lovers Pork Ramen, as well as appetizers like Japanese-style dumplings and marinated octopus. Chef Akira continues to expand his menu with unique and daily featured items, such as a sea urchin shooter dressed in Japanese salsa.

The Grind Burger Bar & Tap Room opened its second location (the original is at Alma and Stacy in McKinney) at the Village Shops with a soft opening Tuesday, December 4th. The Grind’s menu features fresh, made-from-scratch burgers like the My Boy Blue, with Neuske’s applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese, avocado, smoked onion and baby spinach, as well as the Umami Tsunami, with charred tomato, wild mushrooms, baconnaise and crispy parmesan cheese. Appetizers include Shiner Bock tempura-battered jalapenos with a yuzu ranch as well as the Seven-Layer Ranch Queso with white cheddar, avocado, charred poblanos, brisket, tomato and sour cream. 

“We chose the Castle Hills location because it’s an amazing community and needs a great burger bar,” said Matthew Hey, The Grind general manager. “We are looking forward to getting to know the neighbors and seeing them at The Grind on a regular basis.”

Ramen Izakaya Akira and The Grind join Castle Hills Village Shops retailers such as The London Baker, a specialty bakery featured on Food Network, and The Salty Cow, a gourmet cheese and provisions shop. Village Shops tenants also include TBD Kitchen, PI.E 3.14 Everyday Eatery, Kanzi Sushi & Hibachi, Z’s Wok and Sophia’s Kitchen.  Neighborhood conveniences include a women’s hair salon, men’s barber, dog groomer, pet boutique and nail salon as well as dental, chiropractic and orthodontic offices, a convenience store, professional photographer and more. Castle Hills Village Shops also provides residential opportunities including condominiums over retail and townhomes overlooking Lake Avalon.

In addition to a variety of eateries and conveniences, the Village Shops has an outdoor plaza area with shaded seating, a permanent stage and water features for casual neighborhood get-togethers as well as popular developer-sponsored community events, like the recent Holiday in the Plaza, which drew more than 2,500 guests.

Castle Hills is a 2,900-acre master-planned community located in Lewisville, Texas, offering new single-family homes, detached luxury golf villas, townhomes, condominiums and estate homes, priced from the $170s to $2.5 million and up. Castle Hills is also home to Discovery at The Realm, an urban-inspired collection of apartment homes within a walkable community, including programming, activities and amenities. Located south of SH121/Sam Rayburn Tollway at Josey, with easy access to Dallas North Tollway, I-35 and DFW airport, Castle Hills residents enjoy shopping, parks, lakes, schools, swimming pools, hike-and-bike trails, a community garden, tennis and basketball courts, and multiple community centers. The Castle Hills Village Shops & Plaza is the neighborhood gathering place for dining, shopping and free community events, and The Lakes at Castle Hills private country club and golf course provides access to championship golf, tennis, swimming, social activities and more. www.CastleHills.com