In the heart of Flower Mound’s picturesque River Walk, there’s a culinary gem that’s not just a place to eat but a hub for community connection and entertainment. Meet Greg Retz, the Owner and Executive Chef of River Walk Social, a food and entertainment destination that has been making waves since its establishment in 2022.
Greg’s culinary voyage began as a creative response to a career crossroads. Dissatisfied with his first career as a professional trainer, he pondered a fundamental question: “If money did not matter, what would I do?” The answer was a clear and resounding call to culinary school. Growing up, he had been the family cook, whipping up meals for his younger brother when his mom was at work and his dad was at sea. This early experience ignited his passion for the culinary arts.
What sets River Walk Social apart in the culinary world is their unwavering commitment to excellence. They leave no detail to chance and take pride in crafting their dishes from scratch, whether it’s dressings, rubs, fries, bacon, pastrami, bread, or desserts. Their dedication extends to the smoker at Whiskey & Smoke, where they meticulously monitor the smoke and temperature to ensure that each dish meets their high standards. They believe that you eat with your eyes first, so presentation is paramount to them, inviting diners to savor and enjoy every bite.
However, River Walk Social isn’t just a place to dine; it’s a reflection of the community it serves. Greg and his team have listened attentively to the River Walk community, bringing concepts to life based on their feedback. Their mission is clear: they aim to be a part of the community, not just located within it. They believe that food is love, and this love is evident in every dish they create. They put their heart and soul into their food, ensuring that every plate tells a story of dedication and care.
The journey of River Walk Social is one of continuous evolution. What was once a forgotten strip of restaurants along the River Walk has blossomed into two thriving restaurants, with more on the horizon. Greg has learned valuable lessons along the way – the importance of taking each day as it comes, the necessity of wearing multiple hats as a small business owner, and the priceless rewards of perseverance. Listening has been a key to their success, whether it’s listening to the community, their staff, or their own hearts to make decisions that benefit everyone.
For Greg, the best part of his work is the smiles on his customers’ faces when they savor the food. But his passion doesn’t stop there; he’s also a natural teacher. He delights in helping his staff reach their full potential, whether it’s sharpening kitchen skills, mentoring managers in people skills, or facilitating staff growth into new roles. This commitment to bettering his team elevates the dining experience and makes River Walk Social a go-to destination for the community, offering not only exceptional food but also a great time.
River Walk Social’s values are rooted in community. They’ve designed their concepts based on the hopes and ideas of their neighbors, creating spaces where residents can gather with friends, family, and even their four-legged companions. They value teamwork, honesty, and respect, both for their staff and their guests.
Looking ahead, River Walk Social has exciting plans in the pipeline, including Pie Hole, Pennywise Pub, SugarFix, and Vinifera Wine Lounge. However, their biggest challenge is being a hidden gem in the heart of a beautiful neighborhood. They want everyone to know that they’re open and inviting, encouraging everyone to come and discover the culinary delights of The River Walk.
In Flower Mound’s River Walk, a culinary journey awaits, where passion, community, and exceptional food come together to create an unforgettable experience. River Walk Social, under the guidance of Greg Retz, is more than a restaurant; it’s a celebration of culinary artistry and the heartbeat of the community.
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4110 River Walk Dr Flower Mound TX