Yesterday morming, Mayor Mike Rawlings, developer Brent Jackson, and a bunch of other local leaders gathered at 1818 Sylvan Avenue for a small groundbreaking ceremony for Sylvan | Thirty, the mixed use development going into West Dallas. After months of postponement, it finally happened: Sylvan | Thirty is now under construction.
“This is such a pivotal place… and this took a lot of work… but this is a day to celebrate, because this is the start of something fabulous in Southern Dallas for many years to come,” said Rawlings.
Southern Dallas, eh? Let’s not even go there. Instead, enjoy the photographic evidence of Sylvan | Thirty’s big day after the jump.3 Comments »
Last February, I took my first tour of Trinity Groves, the 13-acre restaurant-retail-artist-and-entertainment development at the base of the west end of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Developers Phil Romano, Stuart Fitts, and Larry “Butch” McGregor expect Trinity Groves to be a hotbed for entrepreneurial thinking. They compare the multi-use development filled with restaurants, shops, and potential living spaces to be what Silicon Valley is to high tech or what Ghirardelli Square is to San Francisco. They’ve cleared out the old truck terminal building (green building pictured above) and some surrounding spaces and are attracting some local culinary talent to participate in their Restaurant Concept Incubator program. Their vision is to house 30 concepts from this program plus restaurants from individual investors.
Romano has commissioned a pilot for The Restaurant Maker, a reality TV show for budding restaurateurs not unlike the process Shark Tank participants go through. I watched some of 45-minute promotional video and it’s well done. There are three episodes in the can. Each show features an potential talent going through the grueling process of getting a shot at owning their own restaurant. Hmm, this idea sounds a bit too familiar: Mark Cuban, I gave you the chance to make it big with me.
Jump for exciting construction site photos and insidery information about Trinity Groves.1 Comment »
Nancy’s about to quit SideDish. She just wrote me an email that’s too funny not to post. “HOLY S@#$. HOLY S@#$ Save me a space I’m coming to work at S30 HOLY S@#$.”
It’s true. I’m fixin’ to move to West Dallas too. Teiichi “Teach” Sakurai is not only about to celebrate the four-year anniversary of Tei-An in One Arts Plaza, he also just signed on as the sixth and newest tenant at Sylvan | Thirty, the mixed-use development scheduled to open in Spring 2013. Teiichi’s yet-to-be-named fresh fish market will be in the corner building at the intersection of Sylvan and Fort Worth Avenues, and customers can directly walk from there to the other building that houses Cox Farms Market and Matador Meat & Wine.
Teiichi’s fish market is joining Cox Farms Market, Matador Meat & Wine, Pearl Cup Coffee, Sync Yoga & Wellness and a culinary incubator (overseen by Sharon Hage) at Sylvan | Thirty, which is set to become the culinary hotspot of 2013.
Wait, before all that happens, Teiichi still needs to come up with a name! SideDishers, y’all are good at this! Let’s help a brother out. What should Teiichi call his new fish market?
West Dallas is about to become the culinary epicenter of Dallas. Phil Romano, Stuart Fitts, and Larry “Butch” McGregor are hard at work on Trinity Groves, the 13-acre restaurant-retail-artist-and-entertainment development at the base of the west end of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Just around the corner is Sylvan| Thirty, a project geared to attract local food artisans and restaurants. Both developments have a culinary incubator in their plans. Romano & Co. have already announced his first successful operator: Mike Babb is scheduled to open Babb Brothers Barbeque this summer.
Sylvan | Thirty is busy fielding applications from interested tenants and is currently working with a select group which includes a baker, confectioner, a fishmonger, and a yoga studio. There are also three restaurant concepts in the works as well. Sylvan| Thirty hopes to be 75 percent leased before they start construction. So far they have announced Cox Farms Market, The Pearl Cup, Matador Meat & Wine and the culinary incubator with Culinary Curator Sharon Hage.
This morning comes an update: “We’re now on track to break ground early summer, which means you’ll be seeing construction activity by late July.” Sylvan| Thirty plans to open in Spring 2013.
Capriotti’s, a huge chain of sandwich shops, is expanding into Dallas (they already have one location in Plano), and they’re choosing bits and pieces of historical Dallas locations to build their massive empire. The first downtown location is going to be at the 1920s gas station (previously Go Philly) located at the corner of Ross and Lamar, and KCI Investments – the money behind this franchise – is opting not to bulldoze the cool gas station in favor of just renovating it. Thank you, KCI Investments! But I don’t know how I feel about having 50 of these Capriotti’s sandwich places popping up all over my city….
Has anyone eaten here before? Is it any good?14 Comments »