Digg's Taco Shop hopes to go in the location next to Starbucks (labeled Moninari), which will be built near the corner of Gaston-Garland.

Digg’s Taco Shop hopes to go in the location next to Starbucks (labeled Molinari), which will be built near the corner of Gaston-Garland.

Joey Milan, the owner of Dallas-based Digg’s Taco Shop, has been in serious talks with Lincoln Property Company about opening a new Digg’s location in the yet-to-be-finished Arboretum Village at the Gaston-Garland-Grand intersection.

Nothing has been signed yet, he says. But he’s hoping to ink his John Hancock on the dotted line later this week.

If all goes as planned, Digg’s will be sharing a space with Starbucks (so apparently that’s official now, too) near the corner of Gaston and Garland. “There will be one shell and Starbucks will get 1,800 square feet, and we’ll get 2,200 square feet,” Milan explains.

Milan says Lincoln hopes to finish construction on Arboretum Village (after they finish tearing it down) sometime this summer, and then Digg’s will take a few months to finish out the project and hopefully open in the fall. Lincoln has not returned calls to Advocate regarding a timeline for the Arboretum Village construction or other possible future tenants.

This will be Milan’s third Digg’s location. He originally founded Digg’s near SMU, right across Central from East Dallas. He then opened an Arlington location, but it recently closed and Milan is hoping to resurrect it in Southlake.

Aside from Digg’s and Starbucks, we know of at least three other future tenants for the shopping center. First The Fresh Market signed on, and then Ace Hardware agreed to transplant from its current location in Lakewood Shopping Center to Arboretum Village. Then Luke’s Locker became the third tenant to sign on the dotted line.

After hearing about the Digg’s brand, Lincoln approached him, Milan says. “The developers came and ate at our Hillcrest location and loved it.”

The Digg’s brand is a “hip, laid-back taqueria” that’s proud of its “loud taste,” Milan says. Aside from quality ingredients and cooking methods, mood and atmosphere is also a key part of the Digg’s experience — namely music.

“It’s a part of our DNA,” Milan explains. “I’ve worked with sound systems for years, and I want it to be a part of this brand.”

In keeping with that idea, Digg’s is teched up with quality sound systems that churn out a constant stream of acoustic tunes.

“It’s not loud; it’s just a very rich sound.”

Check out their website or Facebook page to learn more.

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