Sherman social lounge slated

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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) -- A social entertainment lounge may soon be the new place to unwind and grab a drink in downtown Sherman.

Tuesday, Sherman Planning and Zoning approved a special use permit for the lounge.

"They can come, kick up their feet, relax," Patrick Cravens said.

Patrick Cravens was born and raised in Sherman.

After moving away and coming back, he saw a need.

"I wanted a place where I can go and actually enjoy myself without the traditional bar rhetoric, a place where I can go and watch a sporting event and be able to hear it," Cravens said.

He wanted a downtown social lounge, a quiet spot where people can rest after work, spend time with friends and watch TV.

Since Sherman didn't have one, Cravens saw an empty space on the south end of Travis Street and decided to create it.

"We're open to anyone that enjoys a relaxed atmosphere, that's not the usual bar-goer or nightclub individual, this is an alternative for that group," Cravens said.

Cravens plans to put in a wine and coffee bar, host live music and karaoke nights.

He said there will also be a business center with printing, faxing and free WiFi.

Sherman City Council member Kevin Couch said he's excited to bring the south end of downtown to life.

"I think it's gonna be great because it's another business opening up in downtown Sherman, which is going to increase foot traffic on that south block of Travis there," Couch said.

He plans to make it open to all ages. Cravens said he hopes it's a place where the whole community can relax.

"We're proud of it and we're hoping that the community will get behind us and support it," Cravens said.

The plans now head to the city council for approval.

It if passes, Cravens said he will start the renovations immediately and begin the process to get his liquor license.

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