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A&A Barbershop in Casa Linda Plaza closed, but a new barbershop might take its place. Leasing representative Matt Squire of AmREIT says AmREIT is “marketing the space to hopefully be another barbershop, as there are many hair salons in the area, but not as many traditional barbershops that cater to men.”

The steel frame for Trader Joe’s new Lower Greenville store is up, and some cement for adjacent parking has been poured, as work continues on the specialty grocer expected to open in late spring.

Farther north on Greenville, across from Lights Fantastic and kitty-corner from Ozona, the new Beck’s Prime sort-of fast-food burger restaurant is open Beck’s is on the east side of Greenville, just north of the car wash.

Mudsmith "Grubbage"

Mudsmith “Grubbage”


Also, Mudsmith, a new coffee shop/beer and wine tap, opened at 2114 Greenville right across from the future Trader Joe’s. Brooke Humphries, owner of Acme F&B, Barcadia Bar and Grill and It’ll Do, promises a “unique coffee shop experience serving celebrated Four Barrel coffee out of San Francisco.”

After 25 years of business on Lower Greenville, J. Pepe’s has closed its doors. According to general manager Raj Pole, owner Jimmy Bharmao is bringing in a new investor that will remodel the building and reopen it as a bar or restaurant under a new name.

A few blocks south on Greenville, Mextopia also has recently closed. Owner Ricardo Avila shared on Mextopia’s website: “We are moving on! The Greenville Ave. location has been a difficult one for us and it is time for us to move on. We have an exciting collaboration in the works, we will keep you posted on its development.”

The Lot

The Lot

The Lot, the new causal dining restaurant at 7530 E. Grand where the old Backyard Beach Bar used to be, opened for dinner on Feb. 25, and starts serving lunch and brunch as well on March 25. Managing partner John McBride says it’s going to be a casual American food restaurant with a “kidscape” and activity center for adults. “Our goal is just a really laid back, come-as-you-are mentality,” McBride says.

At 2008 Greenville, the former Lost Society space, H&G Supply Co. will open early this year. The new restaurant will be one of the few in DFW with menu items catering to followers of the popular Paleolithic diet.

After eight years in the Lakewood shopping center, the School of Contemporary Ballet Dallas has relocated to the Mockingbird/Central Plaza Shopping Center. It is now located on the second floor above Whole Earth Provision Co. and Jason’s Deli. The move leaves another empty storefront in the Lakewood shopping center.

Austin Street Center of Dallas, a nonprofit downtown shelter providing services for the homeless, opened a new consignment store in Casa Linda Plaza. The store, Hope’s Clothing and Consignment at 9440 Garland, sells gently used, upscale apparel, electronics and furniture, and selected items on consignment. Proceeds go toward providing services for Austin Street’s clients, which include psychological counseling, work-readiness programs, substance abuse counseling and a transitional living facility for those with employment. Call 214.421.0912 to schedule a pick-up for donations.

The Tradition-Lovers Lane, a high-end rental senior-living community, broke ground recently at 5850 Lovers at Matilda. The 7.5-acre community will include a 202-unit independent-living building, and a 109-unit assisted living/memory-care property next door.

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