Plans have changed for an eighth-floor restaurant expected to open on the Denton Square, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle. The restaurant, which was given the name Sunago Bell, will turn into an event space instead.

Those birds-eye views Denton will still be accessible, but not for a restaurant crowd.

After a walkthrough of the empty space in August 2017, I called it "the best view in Denton" — a "lookout spot like you've never seen." Its eighth-floor perch in the 56-year-old building had potential and character.

Back in 2017, the space was empty. But look at that view of the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square.

Back in 2017, the space was empty. But look at that view of the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square.

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The restaurant was expected to be Mediterranean-coastal, and created by restaurateurs who own Denton haunts like Barley & Board and LSA Burger Co., among others. Back in mid-2017, an event space was planned for the third floor and the restaurant was supposed to go up on 8. 

Co-owner John "Sparky" Pearson told the DRC that the reason that scrapping the restaurant idea seemed like a "logical progression" was because of the "nuances of trying to open a restaurant that high." We've asked for more of an explanation; no word yet.

The name, Sunago Bell, will remain. It was so named because "Sunago," in Greek, translates to "to gather together." Bell is the last name of landlord Jack Bell.

The event space is still four or five months away from opening, the DRC reports.

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