John Crawford: Exciting Things Happening in Downtown Dallas

John Crawford
John Crawford

It has been a busy summer for downtown Dallas, and the coming months will prove to be no different. In fact, it’s getting better all the time. With more restaurant, retail, and entertainment additions than I can keep up with, and more special events than I can possibly attend, it is an exciting time to be downtown. Here’s an update on activity.

There are now more than 300 restaurants and bars in downtown, with many that have opened in recent months, including Work, Green Room, Monkey King, Tanoshii Ramen, and Glazed Donut Works in Deep Ellum. In the Main Street District, we’ve welcomed Capriotti’s, Freshii, Fluellen Cupcakes, Weekend Coffee, Urban Orchard Market, and Bar None Café. And just last week, Savor and Relish opened at Klyde Warren Park.

The Joule expansion is almost complete, adding several new retail outlets to the Main Street District, not to mention the recently-opened 8,000-square-foot spa, ESPA, and CBD Provisions, a new restaurant concept from Consilient Restaurants, which will open on Thursday. The Design District has seen its share of new restaurants too, with PakPao Thai, Bowlounge, and Central Standard.

Looking to October and beyond, many significant events are on the calendar. The new GeO-Deck at Reunion Tower opened with a bang this past weekend, with a spectacular fireworks show. The Crow Collection of Asian Art is celebrating its 15-year anniversary this month with the opening of its sculpture garden. On October 18, Downtown Dallas Inc. will host its annual Membership Forum and Luncheon, featuring Mayor Rawlings’ State of Downtown Address. Also on October 18, Aurora 2013 and the Fall Block Party will welcome thousands of attendees in the Dallas Arts District.

The Nasher Sculpture Center is celebrating its 10-year anniversary on Oct. 20 by debuting the Nasher XChange program and hosting other special events. Klyde Warren Park will celebrate its one-year anniversary Oct. 24-26 with concerts, performances, and a family festival on Saturday, Oct. 26. The new— and free—downtown entertainment shuttle, D-Link, will begin service on November 4. City Lights Opening Night, DDI’s signature holiday event in partnership with the City of Dallas, Neiman Marcus and CBS Radio, is scheduled for November 16, and an entire season of holiday programming is planned throughout downtown, including events like Design & Dine on November 14, Winter Warmer on December 14, movie nights, pet picnic, and tree lightings in the various districts.

There is never a shortage of things to do in downtown Dallas! Be sure to check the Downtown Dallas Inc. Facebook page often to stay up to date.

The last 10 years has been a decade of change, and the next 10 years will be the decade for downtown as we go about executing a downtown for the future! “As goes downtown, so goes Dallas” is becoming more of a truism every day!


  • John M. Stone, CCIM, CPM, CIPS

    Thanks to Downtown Dallas, Inc., and others for their steadfast work in restoring downtown Dallas to its former status and then going beyond to create a 24/7 environment in downtown and uptown. Your efforts have been persistent and dedicated. For 11 years, we managed and leased six properties for a Louisiana estate between North Ervay on the east, North Akard on the west, Elm Street on the north and Main Street on the south, so we have seen to unfolding progress of the Main Street sector of downtown Dallas. Kudos to everyone, and especially to John Crawford, who has been a part of it. The second best four letter word in the English language behind only the word Love is the word Jobs. And, Downtown Dallas, Inc., has been a part of creating Jobs because of its Love for Dallas. Please keep up the good work.
    John M. Stone, CCIM, CPM, CIPS