Matt’s could open by end of July

The new Matt’s Rancho Martinez, on Skillman at Live Oak, doesn’t look like it is close to opening, as we pointed out in a podcast this week. But owner Matt Martinez says he is shooting for an opening before the end of July.

“We’re shooting for sometime this month,” Martinez says. “We’re heading toward the end of construction.”

Matt’s took over the space after Consignment Solution moved across the street, and it has been a total rebuild.

“We did a lot of demo,” Martinez says. “It’s going to be a brand new building from floors to ceiling.”

The new Matt’s will have more parking and a big party room, and the ceilings are not as high, so the noise level will be lower, he says.

Most of the Matt’s Lakewood employees are working in the local restaurant chain’s other stores, and most of the staff plans to come back to the new Lakewood store, he says.


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  • Mark R

     I don’t know this for a fact, JKR, but as a neighbor who drives by frequently, I’m going to say yes, they will have outdoor seating. They’ve installed garage-door-style windows on the side that can roll up, opening to what appears to be an indoor-outdoor bar. They’ve also dug up some pavement which looks about right for a deck to be going in. There are new larger patio spaces at the bar and restaurant across the street, so it looks like the trend is moving that direction.

  • JKR

    Dying for a chile relleno.  Will there be any outdoor seating?

  • Tomatodallas

    I love the history of that shopping center and the buildings. I have a copy of a 1949 Dines & Kraft diagram of the Skillman/Live Oak Shopping Center showing the Tom Thumb grocery store that was where Matt’s will be. The Dallas Morning News printed the diagram on July 31, 1949 welcoming the new Volk’s building at the triangle of Live Oak and Skillman (and where La Vista would finally go through). At the back a small space was occupied by Paperback’s Plus after the store in Lakewood had burned some time ago. Also the upper floor of that corner building was at one time in the 1950s added on and occupied by Dr. Mewhinney, a Pediatrician where I took my oldest boy in the 1950s. The building at the back was constructed of shellstone from the Balcones Fault near Austin. The first building using that was the old Lakewood Branch of the Library which is now the Diener-Mills Building across from the Lakewood Theatre. Then the Art Museum at  Fair Park was built with shellstone and several other downtown buildings used that material also. I love history!

  • Denniehaf

    What happened to the giant mural that was at the other place?