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Radar Range: Trinity Groves – A Big New 60 Acre Project Coming to Dallas


 

A group of investors that includes Phil Romano is at work on a 10-block project on the edge of Oak Cliff that should shake things up a bit.

It’s called Trinity Groves, and it’s located on Singleton Avenue near I-30. The owners plan to repurpose 60-plus acres of industrial buildings as a food-centric development, then expand it into a mixed-use project with additional retail and housing.

The existing buildings are said to have great bones–lots of iron work, 30-foot ceilings, exposed rafters–most of which will be left intact.

“We’ve been working on this for about three years,” admitted Butch McGregor, who was reluctant to share details but confirmed some elements of the project.

Others familiar with the project tell me that Trinity Grove will be based initially around two core buildings, one of which will house a collection of six or seven small restaurant spaces that the developers would lease to experienced chefs to be used as restaurant “incubators,” where low rents would be meant to encourage restaurateurs to experiment with new concepts (which might then bloom into a multi-unit acquisition targets, I suspect.)

(Trinity Groves is different from Sylvan/Thirty, where chef Sharon Hage is said to be spearheading a “restaurant incubator.” Also, IIRC, Romano developed a few of his early restaurants, including Rudy’s bbq, Macaroni Grill and Nacho Mammas/Cozymel’s using a parcel of land in Leon Springs, outside San Antonio, as his “incubator,” so it’s not surprising that he’d want to reprise his earlier success there.)

Sources say Trinity Groves is talking to a baker, a microbrewer, a cheese maker, a butcher and other “artisans” to fill out the mix. Chef Sharon von Meter (Milestone) is said to have already signed on, though I couldn’t reach her for comment.

Target opening date: March, 2012, to coincide with the christening of the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which (not coincidentally) links downtown Dallas with an entrance to Trinity Groves.

 

3 Comments

  1. Matthew G.    3/7/2012

    Update March 2012
    The new bridge was honored last week with great crowds and things to do and see in West Dallas. Met with developer and visionary Butch McGreggor at the RED Building on Singleton and with the four partners in the new brewery. Watch them brew their first batch. Space is being sold out and Butch predicts he will be challenged further to press on with his entrepreneurial skills.
    This is truly Dallas’Opportunityland.
    My interest in West Dallas is to help grow the infrastructure needed to attract and support entrepreneurs. West Dallas must first get busy
    developing a single Leadership Team. I am capable and willing to help.

  2. Mike Hiller    12/17/2011

    Thanks, Tom.

  3. Tom Beddens    12/16/2011

    You nailed it, Mike. This is a HUGE deal. Dallas doesn’t realize how much National attention this will bring to the city.

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