Alkeys opens in Old Town

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The marquee still reads "Elke's Beer Haus," but Alkey's Lounge and Eatery is open and ready for business in Old Town. (Photo by Leopold Knopp)

Alkeys Lounge and Eatery opened Thursday evening in Old Town, Lewisville, where Elke’s Beer Haus used to be.

John Young is one of the partners who own Alkeys. Young, who currently co-owns two restaurants in Royse City, heard the building was open and for sale through a friend. He said he had a great first impression with the location.

“When I came to check out the place, I fell in love with not just the place, but the people and the area,” Young said.

Elke’s, formerly locally known as a community hub, closed last December. Young began working on updating the interior of the building at the beginning of this month, when his lease with the building owner, Randy Owens, began. The two had been working together since early July.

Jim Knickerbacker, one of the partners, said they planned to create a comfortable space.

“We wanted something that would appeal to a lot of different people,” Knickerbacker said.

The partners also said they intend to install a garage door in place of the back wall that will open up to Wayne Ferguson Plaza.

Customers and wokers at Alkeys Lounge and Eatery on opening night. (Photo by Celeste Gracia)

After plumbing issues delayed the restaurant’s opening by a few hours, some Alkeys customers were interested to see the changes.

“[Alkeys] is going to enhance the downtown a lot more,” customer Steve Sprague said.

“Hopefully [Alkeys] can benefit the community and bring in more business,” customer Thomas Topham said.

Alkeys’ menu ranges from burgers and fries to salads and sandwiches with a full bar. Their opening comes as Old Town continues to grow with more stores and restaurants.

“I think it’s a good thing they reopened here,” customer Parks Goodman said. “I think it’s an improvement to Old Town.”

Alkeys partner Lee Ann Schkade said the establishment wants to focus on outreach as they settle into the community.

“We’re looking forward to being whatever it is we need to be,” Schkade said.

Young said he hopes to continue the tradition Elke’s had in Lewisville.

“We want to give them a place to go and enjoy themselves,” Young said.

Alkeys is located on 165 West Main Street in Old Town, Lewisville. Business hours vary, but they’re open early on the weekends and late Thursday-Sunday.

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