This Way In >>

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


<div style=”background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: #ffffff; font: normal normal normal 13px/19px Georgia, ‘Times New Roman’, ‘Bitstream Charter’, Times, serif; font-family: Times; position: static; z-index: auto; line-height: normal; font-size: medium; padding: 0.6em; margin: 0px;”>

 

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.

Mesero
Haywire Restaurants
The Ranch Las Colinas

Recently Published

»

Trinity Groves chefs Julian Rodarte and Aubrey Murphy launch Nitro Burger with one of the city’s best $8 burgers ever

Anyone who’s been to Beto & Son in Trinity Groves ...

»

VIPeek: The Finch at Mockingbird Station opens Monday with a veto-proof menu — and one irresistable entree you’ll only find in London and France

Good stuff. The folks at Milkshake Concepts, the locally grown ...

»

Restaurateur and seafood expert Jon Alexis, chef Stan Rodrigues score with new Tex-Mex spot, with two other big-deal concepts slated for 2023

Seafood guy Jon Alexis (TJ’s Seafood Market. Malibu Poke) has his ...

»

The best pecan pies you’ve ever tasted come from this restaurant’s pastry kitchen – and now you can take one home for Thanksgiving

The best… Maybe it’s the chill and the falling leaves, ...

»

How many nachos can you really eat? Test your limits at El Chingon’s FREE Nacho Day competition this Sunday

Yeah, we get it. You love nachos. So do we. But you’d never ...

»

West Texas vibes, killer elotes, smoked brisket tacos are winners at this Las Colinas restaurant

Verdict: Muy sabroso Open nearly four years, Las Colinas’ ...

»

2022 State Fair of Texas wraps up its 24-day run with big numbers. Here’s how many pounds of sugar were used to make all that cotton candy

The State Fair of Texas wrapped up its 24-day 2022 run Sunday with ...

»

Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar moving from Addison to this Frisco hotspot

Four guys, two pianos, free-flowing cocktails and Neil Diamond’s ...

»

This Nov. 10 Duckhorn/Certified Angus Beef wine dinner at one of DFW’s top steakhouses should go on your calendar now

One of DFW’s top steakhouses (my story in USA Today) and the ...