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by Kelley USA
25 Jun 2018 09:29
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I guess I don't see where all the negativity is coming from?? We have 2 new developments, the Music Factory and Water Street. Is the Music Factory cursed because Billy Bob opened a terrible concept? I was at the Music Factory on Friday and went to Alamo Drafthouse. Theatre was sold out, place was pa...
by Kelley USA
19 Jun 2018 09:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 275
Views: 38403

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Great article in the DMN on Billy Can Can…

https://www.guidelive.com/food-and-drin ... 1529416800
by Kelley USA
18 Jun 2018 09:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 241
Views: 32776

Re: Legacy West

Love this development!
by Kelley USA
15 Jun 2018 12:14
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

If you think about it, ARK really hasn't signed any new tenants in about a year. Pretty much everyone that's open now or in the process of opening were on the site plan last summer. Are they being picky or are they really over-selling the amount of actual interest? And whatever happened to the Kidd ...
by Kelley USA
15 Jun 2018 09:02
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

What a mess! I have a few friends that are lawyers and know Billy Bob's lawyer- Larry Friedman. They said that not only is he a very expensive lawyer but that he really likes to stir things up. I do like that ARK is moving forward in leasing the spaces and vetting current restaurant operators. They ...
by Kelley USA
13 Jun 2018 16:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 191
Views: 23369

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

And remember, on the opposite end you have the Tommy Bahama space that's been vacant for quite some time...
by Kelley USA
12 Jun 2018 11:32
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

The ARK agreement with the City requires them to hold a certain number of events / concerts for the Pavilion only. There are no stipulations for the plaza itself, although I'm sure the Texas Lottery isn't happy about sponsoring a plaza that doesn't have any events. The bollards are typically up on c...
by Kelley USA
12 Jun 2018 09:41
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Just a few small dining notes today... 1. Looks like the Chick-fil-A on N MacArthur near 635 is going to be torn down and rebuilt. I assume it's to build a much bigger restaurant and expand the drive-thru. The permit is for a total teardown, much like Compass Bank did a few doors down. 2. Pei Wei to...
by Kelley USA
11 Jun 2018 09:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 98
Views: 15119

Re: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)

It does look a little suburban to me, like it would be a great fit here in Las Colinas... But if I'm being honest I don't hate it! It actually turned out much better than I thought it would.
by Kelley USA
11 Jun 2018 09:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 275
Views: 38403

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I drove by this weekend and it did look really good! This is the new concept by Tristan Simon- the guy that founded concepts like Fireside Pies, The Porch, Hibiscus, Victor Tango's... I believe the photo is going to be his take on a modern Texas Saloon. I'm thinking maybe something similar to The Po...
by Kelley USA
06 Jun 2018 12:11
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I think we all saw this coming from a mile away... I do know that the City has had several Executive Sessions pertaining to ARK and the $44 million payment. I think the City is seriously trying to get out of that payment. I know it was tied into certain benchmarks that ARK had to achieve in order to...
by Kelley USA
06 Jun 2018 09:41
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Pretty good and lengthy article in the DMN about The Music Factory and Big Beat Dallas... I do think it's funny how people are getting The Toyota Music Factory and Big Beat confused. I'll see Facebook postings from The Music Factory for concerts, other restaurants etc... and there's always 2 or 3 pe...
by Kelley USA
05 Jun 2018 16:15
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I think the numbers might surprise some people... I've never understood this notion that there's not enough people living in the area to support these places. From a WS Business Summary from 2016 there were 7K people living within 1 mile of the Urban Center, 75K people living within 3 miles and 255K...
by Kelley USA
05 Jun 2018 10:47
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I know a few restaurants have pulled out of Water Street but that's probably true for any new development. I actually see quite a bit of development going on at WS. You have Hugo's Invitados, Cork & Pig, Go Fish Poke, Olivella's Pizza, Main Street Bakery and Big Little Market all opening in the ...
by Kelley USA
04 Jun 2018 14:27
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

This whole story is really one for reality TV... If you remember Billy Bob and his sister had been trying to build the Irving Entertainment Center back since 2007. In fact, they were big players along with a few other investors in the Las Colinas Group. Billy Bob was going to run all the restaurants...
by Kelley USA
31 May 2018 09:37
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

The statements from Billy Bob's lawyer make me laugh... They had 700 less parking spaces than what they were promised? I'm sorry, the parking doesn't work that way! It's an open garage where people park wherever they can find a spot. Each restaurant or venue isn't designated given spots in the garag...
by Kelley USA
30 May 2018 12:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

After giving this some thought, I think the Music Factory will be much better off without Big Beat. I do have to question Restaurants Unlimited for being the guarantor on these leases. How dumb are they! It's almost as is they had virtually nothing to do with the concept. They run quality restaurant...
by Kelley USA
29 May 2018 15:17
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

If in fact Big Beat is closed for good, I will be very curious to see what type of concepts if any will take these spaces. There is still a significant amount of space available for lease including some key spots. The only thing that would make it attractive is that build-out is already complete. Ap...
by Kelley USA
29 May 2018 12:51
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

*** BREAKING MUSIC FACTORY / BIG BEAT NEWS *** All Big Beat Employees: We have been advised by our attorneys that we should discontinue our business operations as a result of the inability to operate with any efficiency due to the lack of parking efficiencies, the inability to operate the plaza as a...
by Kelley USA
24 May 2018 12:40
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^ Here you go... Found a little info of their website:

http://weyogis.com/pages/we-yogis-las-colinas
by Kelley USA
24 May 2018 09:21
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

This is your Water Street Minute by Kelley USA... If you haven't been by Water Street in awhile you should really get by... I'm very impressed with the way this one is turning out. I think it really shines at night! You have the beautiful green space in the middle, the fountains, the overall landsca...
by Kelley USA
23 May 2018 13:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Forgot to mention, but last week I saw them taking soil samples on the Urban Center Gateway parcel at 114, O'Connor, Las Colinas Blvd. If you remember from my previous posting, this is a proposed Sarofim Realty development. Maybe we're seeing something start to move forward.
by Kelley USA
22 May 2018 16:32
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

The new Signature Bridge on 114 near the old Texas Stadium site quietly started construction about a week ago. It'll look a little silly and a little lonely for awhile, but I guess it will provide a nice visual as you enter and leave Las Colinas.
by Kelley USA
22 May 2018 10:10
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I think the homes and townhomes probably makes the most sense for the land... I mean there's really no other use for it unless another corporate client wanted to purchase it. If I'm being honest, Valley Ranch is not nearly as an attractive place to be as it once was. In fact, I've had a number of fr...
by Kelley USA
22 May 2018 09:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 286
Views: 40486

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

The funny thing is their Facebook page is still updated almost daily... On several of their most recent postings they still respond to several questions by claiming "construction has never stopped", "stay tuned for new announcements coming soon" etc...
by Kelley USA
18 May 2018 13:48
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

From the P&Z Agenda... It looks like the lot behind Champps is going to be office... Another interesting note from the Agenda, but looks like Centurion American is looking to purchase and develop the old Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. They're proposing 37 acres of single family and townhome uses.
by Kelley USA
17 May 2018 09:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^ It'll probably be on the next P&Z meeting agenda. Look for that info to come out tomorrow (assuming P&Z is meeting next Monday). Also at the Music Factory, they've started to tear down the plywood and put windows into the remaining vacant spots. Looks better for sure! I am surprised that ...
by Kelley USA
16 May 2018 11:51
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

A few notes today... 1) They are clearing the pad site in front of Whole Foods. Last I heard it was supposed to be one of those quick ER businesses. We already have a ton of those, and quite frankly not sure how all those places stay in business. Hopefully it'll be something else though! I know Leo...
by Kelley USA
16 May 2018 10:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

A few notes today... 1) They are clearing the pad site in front of Whole Foods. Last I heard it was supposed to be one of those quick ER businesses. We already have a ton of those, and quite frankly not sure how all those places stay in business. Hopefully it'll be something else though! I know Leon...
by Kelley USA
14 May 2018 10:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 32
Views: 3022

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No. XII Harwood Hotel

Interesting! Wasn't Harwood XII scheduled to be an office tower near the AAC? I guess the 2 obvious questions are 1) How tall of a tower are we looking at 2) What Hotel Flag will occupy the tower... Curious to see a rendering. I've generally always liked the Harwood designs.
by Kelley USA
09 May 2018 09:09
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Music City
Replies: 12
Views: 466

Re: Frisco: Music City

This project and the Irving Music Factory are not even in the same category. They won't be competing with each other at all. This proposal calls for a 1000 seat theatre. The Irving Music Factory has a seating capacity of 8500. Even solely as an indoor venue the Irving Music Factory still seats 4000....
by Kelley USA
07 May 2018 11:36
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Alamo Draft house is now giving 'FULL VALIDATION' instead of 2-hour validation. So now you can feel free to hang out in the area afterwards. Is it just me, or does this particular thread predict the future? lol Hmmm, that's interesting. I wonder if Alamo is picking up the additional cost in some so...
by Kelley USA
07 May 2018 09:29
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I have no doubt the Texican Court will be first class... If you look at the other Valencia Hotels they're all really nice. The layout of the Texican seems very similar to their Lone Star Court Hotel in Austin. That's a really great place to stay if you're down that way! Also, some new confirmed leas...
by Kelley USA
04 May 2018 14:56
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Pretty cool little article on the Texican Court Hotel...

https://www.bdcnetwork.com/retro-inspir ... i-westerns
by Kelley USA
26 Apr 2018 15:16
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Yes, so this is basically under the lawn of the Pavilion. It's about 10K sq ft. This is way more impressive than Big Beat if you ask me. Now let's just see if it actually gets built. Looks like a very expensive build-out!
by Kelley USA
26 Apr 2018 14:38
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I was curious what Sambuca had cooking up with their Music Factory concepts... As far as I can tell they have to start any construction. But came across this gem on their website. We have Kitchen 101, The Rayleigh Underground and The Violet Room. Keep scrolling down to see additional renderings. Cal...
by Kelley USA
25 Apr 2018 10:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 121
Views: 16565

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)

I've always been somewhat perplexed by the fact that our best local chefs tend to stay far away from opening concepts in Uptown. You see areas like Knox / Henderson, Greenville Ave, Deep Ellum and even more recently the Design District attract the local talent. Is it the rent or is there a perceptio...
by Kelley USA
25 Apr 2018 09:17
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Yes, the tent was just temporary! They have a permanent canopy that they'll be constructing. It's supposed to be retractable so that they can "uncover" the plaza when the weather is nice or at night, and then "cover" the plaza area when the sun is overhead, raining etc... It's go...
by Kelley USA
24 Apr 2018 15:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 166
Views: 27571

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

I had always hoped that McKinney Ave would develop the way Knox has (but X4)- from the Crescent down to West Village. Sort of one long shopping / dining destination. Having a McKinney Ave address comes with a premium rental price yet there is very little on McKinney Ave to justify it IMO. Knox / Hen...
by Kelley USA
22 Apr 2018 22:34
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I guess I'm lucky that I live close enough that I can walk... I know it's only a few dollars to park (assuming you get 2 hours free) but it just smacks of greed to be honest! Spent a few different nights down around the Music Factory. Been having a good time! Pretty impressed with the C Bar and Mart...
by Kelley USA
19 Apr 2018 09:36
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Well I can report that service has improved from Monday night then... Went to Alamo Drafthouse last night. One of the VP's came in before the show to talk about the company and asked everyone to be patient as the staff was still training. Had a guy come over and explain the process to me and took my...
by Kelley USA
13 Apr 2018 12:06
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Anyone going to the Grand Opening festivities this weekend? I'm going to see Brad Paisley tonight and then me and some buddies are heading over Saturday to grab lunch, listen to some music and bar hop. I also think part of the success of the Music Factory will depend on what happens with the still e...
by Kelley USA
12 Apr 2018 17:08
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I always thought it was a mistake by ARK to not only lease them 6 spots, but to give them virtually full control of the Plaza. If you remember, some of the original concepts were going to be an Irish style Pub and a place akin to Hook, Line & Sinker. I get that they're really trying to create a ...
by Kelley USA
12 Apr 2018 12:57
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Yea, honestly this type of concept wouldn't even work in Uptown or Plano. I give them credit for being bold and wanting to really turn this into a place of 24-7 music but it's not realistic. This would work in New Orleans, New York and maybe Nashville but that's about it. The success of this type of...
by Kelley USA
12 Apr 2018 09:39
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

A few notes today... Torchy's Tacos Las Colians now appears on their website. Still no idea when they might open, but progress has been made! https://torchystacos.com/location/las-colinas/ Also, the site plan for Shops of Las Colinas was updated in the past few days. Now we all know this really mean...
by Kelley USA
03 Apr 2018 09:27
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

This might be a dumb question, and I honestly don't know the answer. But let's say it's after 9pm and me and some friends want to grab a burger at Highway 61 South. Do we have to pay the $12.50 just to go in and eat? I think Big Beat will be a good destination for business travelers looking for some...
by Kelley USA
02 Apr 2018 15:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 275
Views: 38403

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I don't really think Victory is a good fit for Amazon. It was too many cobbled together parcels and seemed a bit spread-out to make sense. The Smart District makes far more sense to me. Plus, if this tower was going to be for Amazon and they needed 500K sq ft we'd see them just add 2 or 3 more floor...
by Kelley USA
02 Apr 2018 10:21
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 592
Views: 74851

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Stopped by The Music Factory a few times this weekend... I'm going to give Big Beat some time, but considering how much hype and $$ they spent to advertise and promote the grand opening it was disappointing. Met some friends after work at Highway 61 South for a few drinks. Place was maybe 40% full. ...

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