Recession who? Business in Dallas is booming, as evidenced by the number of major construction projects going on all over the city. Klyde Warren Park, the new urban oasis in the midst of the downtown hustle-and-bustle, just celebrated its grand opening, and Sylvan Thirty and Trinity Groves (and their respective "culinary incubator" programs) are coming together slowly but surely with a variety of food-centric tenants, from a well-known chef's fish market to a hot dog joint. There's also another food truck park coming to Lower Greenville, as reported yesterday, and an outdoor live music venue planned for Uptown.
With all these announcements, groundbreakings, and grand openings going on, it's getting a bit difficult to remember what's going where and who's on first—so we've compiled all the information here for your reading pleasure.
Name: Trinity Groves
Location: A 13-acre site at the west end of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, on the edge of Oak Cliff and West Dallas.
Concept: Trinity Groves is intended to be "a primary entertainment destination in Dallas" that "will include a park, art museum, 'off-broadway' theater, bowling alley, art studios, boutiques and a 'Restaurant Incubator Concept' ". (Mega-restaurateur Phil Romano is a key investor.)
Status: Work began on the site back at the end of 2010; construction is still underway but most of the spaces have been leased and a few are opening very soon.
Tenants: Caterer Sharon Van Meter's event space, 3015 Trinity Groves, is up and running (she also has plans for "a small French beignet coffee house called Beignet Bridge Club"). Microbrewery Four Corners Brewing Co. will open for its first brewery tour on November 17. Babb Bros BBQ & Blues and Hofmann Hots are currently under construction and expected to open soon. There will also reportedly be an upscale Italian restaurant and a nightclub. [Trinity Groves/SideDish/Dallas News]
Name: Sylvan Thirty
Location: A six acre site in North Oak Cliff, where Sylvan meets I-30 (surprise!).
Concept: Sylvan Thirty is planned to be "a major hub in the community" and will include "more than 200 studios and lofts, local retailers, a bank and a local, organic grocery market with farm fresh produce, artisan breads and high-quality butcher". Like Trinity Groves, there will also be a "a "culinary incubator", this one led by Sharon Hage.
Status: Demolition began at the end of 2010 but no construction has begun yet; it was supposed to begin over the summer but was delayed because of permits issues and other red tape. According to Sylvan Thirty's blog, they "expect to turn the buildings over to our tenants in the Spring for them to finish out their spaces".
Tenants: A fish market by Teiichi Sakurai (Tei-An), The Pearl Cup, artisan butcher Matador Meat & Wine, and organic grover Cox Farms Market have all been announced. [Sylvan Thirty]
Name: Klyde Warren Park
Concept: A 5-acre public "deck park" built over the existing Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets.
Status: The park just celebrated its grand opening last weekend.
Tenants: Restaurateur Shannon Wynne (Meddlesome Moth) is planning to open Lark on the Park in December or early next year; a gastropub, Savor, is at least six months out; the Relish burger truck is up and running and will eventually turn into a brick and mortar concept. [Dallas News/EDFW]
Name: Unknown as of yet
Location: Lemmon and Central Expressway in Uptown
Concept: An outdoor live music venue from the guys behind Bowl & Barrel and singer Pat Green.
Status: According to Escape Hatch, the venue will open in May or April of 2013.
Tenants: Besides the music venue, there will also be a restaurant with a "high-profile" Dallas chef, a dog park, and a Shake Shack-esque outdoor burger joint. [Escape Hatch Dallas]
Name: Lower Greenville Food Truck Park
Location: Lower Greenville across from the future Trader Joe's
Concept: A food truck park featuring a restaurant that will provide full bar service for the park (and electricity for the trucks). Twisted Root's Jason Boso is heading up the project.
Status: The project was announced over two years ago and is slated to finally open in May 2013.
Tenants: The restaurant hub will be a casual Philly cheesesteak joint by Boso, and a handful of food trucks will be on hand for lunch and dinner "six or seven days a week". [CultureMap Dallas]