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Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)

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Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)

Postby JohnMcKee » 26 Jan 2017 13:52

After what seems like an eternity after they tore the old MAC down construction has started in earnest on the new San Martin Cafe. Interestingly this will be the first location outside of Guatemala and El Salvador for the cafe and should be a great fit for the neighborhood with a Guatemalan coffee bar, bakery and cafe food.

http://www.sanmartinbakery.com/

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Re: Old McKinney Ave Contemporary: Now San Martin Cafe

Postby Cbdallas » 26 Jan 2017 15:07

Would rather have seen this incorporated into the bottom of denser developement including the next door lowrise property.

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Re: Old McKinney Ave Contemporary: Now San Martin Cafe

Postby JohnMcKee » 27 Jan 2017 13:06

I'm not, I doubt the cafe will be there 10, maybe even 5 years from now and considering that is one of the best development sites in Uptown I would be afraid right now that we would get something like M-Line tower. I mean M-Line tower is fine, I'm glad they are donating space to the MATA and it has retail but the exterior finish out to me doesn't scream some of the best, unobstructable views in Dallas.

When the property is properly developed I would like to see a tall, glass condo tower.

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Re: Old McKinney Ave Contemporary: Now San Martin Cafe

Postby DPatel304 » 27 Jan 2017 13:37

I'm okay with the fact that not all new developments are going to be mid/high-rises, as long as they aren't suburban in design (which this one doesn't appear to be). With that said, the gas station and C-store have got to go.

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Re: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)

Postby CTroyMathis » 17 Feb 2017 19:01

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Re: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)

Postby kingpin » 19 Mar 2017 13:42

3/19/17

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Re: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)

Postby JohnMcKee » 13 Apr 2017 14:23

After what seems like an eternity the structure is finally under construction. Two story tall I-beams are in place now, no idea if they are just going for exceptionally high ceilings, two stories of dining or if they are doing something like kitchen up, dining below. If they were doing two stories or even two plus a roof deck they might be able to get a downtown view. I don't think they can but it may just be Mercer Square blocking the second story view of downtown from La Tour.

IMHO the construction delay was a huge mistake, I think there is a real chance that Cafe Express opens well before this does by the looks of it and that would be giving up a huge advantage for San Martin since they are similar concepts without much else very similar in Uptown.

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Re: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)

Postby Redblock » 11 Aug 2017 18:27

We have a mystery here. For several weeks construction work has pretty much stopped. Recently the rent-a-fence was taken down and hauled away leaving only wooden barricades at the driveways.

What we now have is a 90% completed steel framework with some wallboard and possibly no tenant.
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Re: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)

Postby joshua.dodd » 11 Aug 2017 22:26

Hmmm...that does make a mind wonder.

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Re: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)

Postby CTroyMathis » 12 Aug 2017 11:08

I am in a current, albeit slow-going, discussion (one week now) with the owners in Guate. Mostly, though, with an old friend that knows them. I'll let you know when I know more. I have no investment in this project financially, however. It's just personal.

Initial talk is another permit (I looked that up and can't find a recently denied/pending permit although I may likely have lost the actual issue in translation), but, I do get the impression doing this whole thing from so far away and not having a certain SMU-grad San Martín family member back here to lead the way is a huge set-back.

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Re: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)

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Re: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)

Postby Redblock » 24 Aug 2017 11:48

The workers have returned and are working on the steel frame again.

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Re: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)

Postby kingpin » 24 Sep 2017 18:33

9/24/17

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Re: Uptown Dallas: San Martín (former The MAC location)

Postby joshua.dodd » 23 Dec 2017 21:13

What a waste of property. This plot of land could have been far more efficiently used had they built a tower here.


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