Three sites just south of White Rock Lake, along Garland/East Grand near Gaston, will soon be home to a restaurant concept, a veterinary clinic and an “upscale” liquor store, all from companies already familiar to neighbors.
• Sister restaurant to The Lot, 7524 East Grand
Jimmy’s Wheel-In and Century Liquor Store are no more. Last year a potential buyer for the property hoped to change its zoning and build a storage facility, but the Friends of the Santa Fe Trail and other neighbors pressed the Dallas Plan Commission to nix that use. A storage facility wasn’t a good prospect for a site with trail access, they reasoned. The buyer dropped out, and the investors of The Lot next door scooped up the property. John McBride, The Lot’s managing partner, says the real estate investors and those involved in the restaurant’s operations are “all going to partner up on this thing again and put together something fun.” The team is still ironing out the details, but “it’s not going to be an overflow of The Lot; it’s going to be something different.” Likely something more adult-friendly to complement its current kid- and family-friendly offering, says one of the investors, Lakewood resident Alex Winslow. McBride didn’t specify a reveal date, but says it will be “sooner rather than later.”
• Metro Paws Animal Hospital, 7446 East Grand
The site hosted the Promise of Peace Garden before it moved down the road. Metro Paws bought the property two years ago when looking for a spot to open a new clinic. It’s “an area in need of veterinary care” and “will give some of our current clients a closer option,” says office manager Trey Knowles. Metro Paws opened its Skillman-Live Oak location in 2006 followed by a second location in Oak Cliff in 2012. This will be its third. The new building will have two stories with a grass-covered terrace on the second story where smaller dogs boarding at the clinic can be exercised. Bigger dogs will have an fenced outdoor area for exercise. The property, which can be accessed via the Santa Fe Trail, is large enough that “we are looking potentially at a dog park for our clients’ use,” Knowles says. “We’re hoping to develop that in final plans.” The clinic should be open in late November or early December.
• Goody Goody Liquor, 7729 Garland Road
This will be Goody Goody‘s 24th store in Texas and 15th in Dallas-Fort Worth. The company purchased the property between 7-Eleven and a White Rock Creek tributary a while back and has been sitting on it, says spokesman Armando Gonzalez. The Payless Discount liquor store previously there was razed to make way for an 8,000-square-foot Goody Goody. That’s quite a bit smaller than the company’s typical 18,000- to 32,000-square-foot range, but “in a sense, gives us an opportunity,” Gonzalez says. “A lot of people miss the Lower Greenville store and the smaller neighborhood environment they were able to get with that.” The original Lower Greenville Goody Goody closed three years ago after the property was purchased. The new East Dallas store will have a “modern upscale” finish — refinished natural woods, exposed brick — similar to the company’s newer stores in Colleyville and Houston, Gonzalez says, an ambience that is “missing from the liquor store scene in this area,” Gonzalez says. Customers can expect the same prices they would find in other Goody Goody stores, and also a selection of higher-end wines to cater to the neighborhood market. The store should open in late August.
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