Tenants at Old Parkland and nearby residents will soon have more restaurant options, as Crow Holdings readies its Maple Avenue Dining District for a spring 2015 opening. The $3.5 million development, just east of the Dallas North Tollway on Maple Avenue, expands the real estate investor’s holdings in the area, which also include the stunning Old Parkland and two multifamily developments from Trammell Crow Residential: 4110 Fairmount and Alexan Fairmount. (Click on site plan for larger view.)
“When we began the initial restoration of Old Parkland Campus, we knew the Oak Lawn neighborhood, and Maple Avenue specifically, represented important chapters in Dallas’ history,” said Harlan Crow, chairman and CEO of Crow Holdings. “Our development efforts are focused on preserving this character while providing accessible, high-quality, and thoughtfully designed entertainment, dining, and lifestyle options that enhance the neighborhood and provide an additional amenity for our Old Parkland Campus tenants.”
The district will include three new eateries: 18th & Vine, upscale Kansas City-style barbecue from Matt Dallman; a new Roman tavern concept developed by Julian Barsotti (Nonna, Carbone’s) and the Donohoe brothers of The Dram; and a third restaurant that is yet to be announced.
The project’s design, by Dallas-based planning and preservation firm ArchitTexas, will reflect the neighborhood’s history with 20th century Craftsman and folk Victorian-style buildings. Period-specific materials will be used. Crow Holdings also is improving the development’s streetscape and bringing in more trees. A central green space and courtyard will support outside dining and events.
Thomas Glendenning of SHOP Cos., which is overseeing leasing, says the project will attract daytime populations from the Design District, Southwest Medical District, and the half-million square feet of office space that’s located within walking distance. Nighttime customers will come from Uptown, Oak Lawn, and the Park Cities, he said. “The district also sits adjacent to one of the most heavily traveled intersections in the area at Maple and Oak Lawn and is easily accessible off of the Dallas North Toll Road,” Glendenning said.
18th & Vine is targeting a spring opening; the Barsotti/Donohoe concept is slated to open sometime this summer.