We are into the final few hours of 2014, and this year was certainly one to remember. A new year always brings on a clean slate, whether you are ready to make the next year as good as the last or maybe you want to make it 10 times better. Addison and the North Dallas Corridor saw some amazing things in the last 12 months, but now we are ready to bring in 2015. This next year has some pretty amazing items to look forward to and we give you seven to prepare for:
Market Hall at Vitruvian Park (Spring 2015)
The owners of Vitruvian Park’s MH Cafe are bringing a grocery and specialty foods store to Vitruvian Park with an anticipated opening this spring. If the delicious food offered at MH Cafe is any indication of the product quality that will be offered at Market Hall, we can surely be excited about what they will have for sale. Tony Riviera, who is part of the ownership team, indicated to us that fine wine and beer, cheeses, fresh meats and locally sourced produce will be available at the location. There are four Market Halls opening across the U.S., the first two being in California and then one in Seattle and Dallas, and we know they chose the right location in DFW for the first Market Hall in Texas.
Bitter Sisters Brewery Opening (Spring 2015)
The highly anticipated opening of Addison’s own brewery is set to open in the first quarter of 2015 according to Brewmaster Matt Ehinger. The opening of the brewery has been delayed (originally was hoping for a fall 2014 opening), but we are very excited nonetheless that the brewery is making headway and almost ready to begin producing beer. The brewery, which is located off Surveyor Boulevard and Belt Line Road, will also feature a tap room for patrons to come by and stop in for a beer brewed on site. Tours of the facility will also be offered, although it’s still to-be-determined what the hours will be.
Dallas Midtown Construction Beginning (Spring 2015)
We highlighted last week the new renderings of the Dallas Midtown redevelopment project that is set to transform the Valley View Center area. According to Beck Ventures, construction on the redevelopment is ready to begin in early 2015. While the project itself is a long-term venture that could take years to complete, every endeavor must start somewhere and the beginning of the Dallas Midtown redevelopment is certainly enough to get us excited.
Lazy Dog at Village on the Parkway (Summer 2015)
While Village on the Parkway has been exploding over the last 18 months, the growth isn’t over yet. California-based Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar has already started construction on their restaurant in the center and has an anticipated opening date by summer 2015. The location in Addison will be the restaurant’s first location in Texas and will feature menu items such as Campfire Pot Roast, Lamb Stroganoff and Hatch Chilli + Bacon Mac N’ Cheese. Check out the progress for yourself in Village on the Parkway. Lazy Dog will open next door to Mercy Wine Bar in the former location of Blue Mesa.
Beautify Belt Line Progress (Throughout 2015)
One of the biggest projects the Town of Addison will be working on for 2015 is the Beautify Belt Line project aimed at redeveloping the North Dallas Corridor’s “main street.” The project isn’t scheduled for completion until 2016, but many phases should be completed by the end of 2015. As the construction progresses, we will be able to see some of the visions take shape including redone sidewalks and moving all utilities underground. The project has already begun at Marsh Road and Belt Line Road and will make its way toward Midway Road as progress continues. Stay tuned to addisonmagazine.com for updates on the construction or visit the project’s website.
WaterTower Theatre 2015 Productions (Throughout 2015)
WaterTower Theatre always seems to put on impressive productions including the recent Bonnie & Clyde and Dogfight from 2014. Artistic Director Terry Martin’s 15th season at the theatre continues in 2015 with some performances that will be sure to leave crowds entertained. Upcoming at the theatre is The Explorers Club, which opens Jan. 16; All My Sons, which opens April 17; Manicures & Monuments, which opens June 5; and Sweet Charity, which opens July 24. Don’t forget about the 2015 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival at WaterTower Theatre. The always fun annual festival runs March 5 through 15 at the theatre. The remaining performances (which will be part of the 2015-16 season) will be announced later in 2015.
LBJ Express Completion (End of 2015)
Yes you read this correctly. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. The LBJ Express construction has seemingly gone on forever, but the project has an anticipated completion date at the end of 2015. The final project will feature wide lanes, TEXpress toll lanes, updated service roads and, most importantly, no more construction. We can not confirm or deny if there will be an extravagant fireworks celebration once the construction is complete, but I think we all will be screaming for joy inside our cars the first time we enter the highway without construction signs or lane closures.
With that, from everyone at ADDISON – The Magazine of the North Dallas Corridor, we wish you a very happy new years!