Lewisville steakhouse is a finalist for downtown design award

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J2 Steakhouse
J2 Steakhouse in Lewisville.

J2 Steakhouse in Lewisville has been named a finalist for the 2019 Texas Downtown Association President’s Awards Program.

Old Town Lewisville’s Main and Mill Business Association nominated J2 Steakhouse for best renovation/rehabilitation/restoration in the association’s design category for owners Jim and Kerry Murray’s renovation of the Lewisville Feed Mill. The mill was the longest operated businesses in the city’s history, owned and operated by the same family from 1886 to 2010, according to a news release from the TDA. The Murrays, owners of the Prairie House restaurant outside Denton, purchased the building in 2016 to restore it, maintain its historic value and original materials, and open a high-end steakhouse. After reportedly spending $1.3 million in to restore it, the Murrays opened J2 Steakhouse in May 2018.

“I’m the caretaker. The building is its own thing. It has its own life,” Jim Murray said. “I’m part of its history, and I’m trying to get it back to what it’s always been. I am trying to be respectful about the building and keep it as original as I can.”

The five-star restaurant serves 175 seats dry-aged beef that was aged in-house in a farm-to-table style dining experience.

“Receiving the news that J2 is a finalist was incredibly rewarding,” said Main and Mill Board member Heather Cicirello. We are beyond thrilled for Jim and Kerry, and for Old Town. The Murrays represent what our historic district is all about – striving to maintain a unique character while paving the way for investment and economic growth.”

Winners of the TDA awards will be announced on Oct. 30 at the awards gala at the 2019 Texas Downtown Conference in Georgetown.

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