More than 10,000 future rooftops means big changes for small-town Royse City

7 Oct 2022


ROYSE CITY — One Sunday about four years ago, Gary Sanders went to grab doughnuts for his grandkids at a shop along Royse City’s historic Main Street. As he was walking out the door, he spotted a run-down old convenience store that had been closed for years. There was a for-sale sign out front, and the store was right by the first light people see when they drive into the town.

That’s when he had the thought to do something better with the dilapidated spot. He and his family worked for four years to transform the site into Native Station, a beer-garden cafe modeled after Munich beer gardens where people would come in to celebrate their harvest in the fall, but designed with a Texas farm town feel. After pandemic-related delays, it finally opened in January.

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