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June 23, 2014
Bisnow Scoop: Sylvan|Thirty Cooks up Chef Daniele Puleo Site
Chef Daniele Puleo inked a deal to open Bottega Italia at Sylvan|Thirty in December, Bisnow learned late last night. Now, you don't have to drive to Fort Worth to get your Daniele food fix. (We can smell the pies now.)
After selling his popular Daniele Osteria hotspot in Dallas several years ago, his fans have had to drive to Tarrant County to sample his wares. Now, the chef (who lives in Kessler Park with his wife, Christina, just a few blocks away from Sylvan|Thirty) has signed on for a 4,400 SF market, which will also feature a 2,200 SF patio to open an Italian- and Napa Valley-inspired eatery, market, coffee, and wine bar. (And you can afford more since you don't have to pay for gas to drive there.) Construction should start within a few weeks. The couple still plans to own and operate Inzo Italian Kitchen in Fort Worth and Roanoke.
The chef tells us the site will overlook Sylvan|Thirty's park and offer a full-service Lavazza coffee bar, cafe with handmade pizzas (his pies are amazing) and made-to-order sandwiches and salads. It will also feature a deli counter and a market with pastas, olives, cheeses, and charcuterie, as well as grab-and-go options of specialty prepared foods. Bonus: it'll have more than 350 wine labels and multiple locally brewed beers on tap. “We want Bottega Italia to be a fun place for our neighbors in Oak Cliff and West Dallas to shop, eat, drink, and be happy,” Daniele says. The couple plans to host wine and cheese tastings, as well as cooking classes. (The latter is not the source of the former.)
Retail Street Advisers partner Zac Porter (who repped Sylvan|Thirty along with colleague Helen Hill) tells us restaurants and retailers want to be in Oak Cliff because there continues to be pent-up demand for creative concepts in that neighborhood. Oak Cliff attracts consumers from across the region because of it. Cambridge Co's Carter Wilson and Lee Koons repped Daniele in the deal and interior designer Ron Guest will develop the restaurant's interior spaces.
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On the Ground with BOMA
Bisnow's on the ground at BOMA's national Every Building Conference & Expo, which opened yesterday afternoon in Orlando. We found some folks from deep in the heart of Texas—Westdale Real Estate's Christie Streicher and BOMA Fort Worth's Michelle Lynn. Michelle tells us Cowtown's abuzz with the new plaza in Sundance Square and a plethora of new retailers. Already open is the Silver Leaf Cigar Lounge and coming next month is the women's retailer, White House Black Market, and a new restaurant, Holy Korean Kitchen. Meanwhile, Christie (who manages properties in San Antonio and Houston) says she went two years without any construction, so it's very nice to see cranes and tenants expanding. (It's always nice to see cranes you didn't make out of paper.)
Brian Cweren: When Winning Money Can Hurt You
Local apartment attorney Brian Cweren tells us that his firm handles thousands of eviction appeals—the most popular method used by a resident to appeal losing their eviction trial is called a “pauper's affidavit.” By appealing, the resident gets a whole new trial in front of a county court judge, along with a long delay. Recently, Brian promptly objected to a resident's pauper's claim and requested that the Justice of the Peace set the matter for a hearing. The problem with this particular resident: She was no pauper. What she failed to disclose to the court was that she had recently won a radio call-in contest for $10k. See the above photo, which was actually used as Exhibit 1: It appeared on the radio station's website, with the resident bearing a giant check. Yep, this happened. For more info on Brian Cweren, click here.
Gary Walker's Weekend in Mexico
Instead of tossing back a cold one with his toes in the sand, Coldwell Banker Commercial Alliance DFW managing principal Gary Walker (along with his family and friends) spent a weekend building a new house for an underprivileged family in Ensenada, Mexico. Gary was leading his annual charitable trip in conjunction with a nonprofit organization that builds homes in Tijuana, the Dominican Republic, and Ensenada for families who earn less than $100 per week, have children under 18 years old, and need immediate shelter. Here's Coleman Walker, Rosie Walker, Marcie Walker, Peter Haley, Carly Walker, and Gary putting up a wall.
Gary (here with his wife, far right, and the homeowner, center) finances the trip for his colleagues, family and friends, as well as the construction costs for the 16X20-foot home and furnishings. Gary says the Homes of Hope experience is as emotionally rewarding for his family, friends, and staff as it is for the family we're helping. "We can make a significant difference in other peoples' lives with two days of hard work. It's a profound life-alteringexperience for them and us,” he says. This year, Walker's team was assigned to a family living in a house made of garage doors with a hole-riddled roof. The fisherman's grandfather deeded the property to him as a wedding gift nine years ago.
Bisnow Named BOMA National Partner
For the third year, Bisnow has been chosen by BOMA to produce its official show dailies at the BOMA national convention, which started yesterday in Orlando. Our Houston and NY reporters are there on the ground producing up-to-the-minute coverage three times a day. (As long as they don't give in to the siren song of the Magic Kingdom down the road.) BOMA is sending out the coverage to its more than 24,000 members. Subscribe to Property Management Bisnow for all the breaking event coverage.
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