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The Mecca is moving to east Dallas

Click here to read the DMN's follow-up - When The Mecca Restaurant moves to East Dallas next month, it won't be the first (or second) time

Scott Reitz - Dallas Observer / City of Ate

East Dallas is getting a new CFS that borders on holy.

Cheryl Hurt has only been the manager at The Mecca for three years, but she talks like she's been with the restaurant for all 74 of them. I called her when a reader emailed to tell me the restaurant was making a move form its spot on Harry Hines to Live Oak Street. Hurt told me they just signed a lease on the old Molly Maguire's space that closed last fall.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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First Trader Joe's, then Walmart, now Green Grocer coming to Lower Greenville

At the end of 2011, we learned that Trader Joe's would open on Lower Greenville just south of Belmont. Then came the news earlier this year that Walmart would open a neighborhood market right across the street.

The latest newcomer is Chicago-based Green Grocer, which is moving into the corner space at 3416 Greenville, right across the street from Gloria's and Cafe Izmir. The store already has a presence on Facebook and Twitter, and says that it is shooting for a late summer/early fall opening.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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Here comes the RPO train, whoo hoo, making another stop in Bishop Arts!

When we last visited those intrepid neighbors in Bishop Arts, they were just getting over the shock of losing their first Resident Parking Only zone. After weeks of pressure by Gloria's Jose Fuentes, the Oak Cliff Chamber and bitchy emails by David Spence (who claimed RPO was a racist, flood-causing freak of nature that had to be killed off), and with some assistance from Council Member Delia Jasso, the signs on 300 W. Nealy were unceremoniously removed by the City.

It's not a surprise at all. Kerry Elder, who is in charge of RPO installations, wimped out under the pressure of business owners thinking their customers have first dibs on residential parking spaces. He even admitted to one resident the media attention on RPO all over Dallas was making his job a little more difficult. Instead of going out to neighborhoods and promoting RPO as a way to save a street from crime, trash and noise, he's actively blocking every RPO application until the residents roll over and die.

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Safe streets
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Trader Joe's Lowest Greenville goes for Spring 2013 opening

In a story about the opening of Trader Joe's Fort Worth, Madison Partners (which owns the property), claims the store will still open in Spring 2013.

The developer of the Greenville Avenue store says it’s going to help revitalize one of Dallas’ older neighborhoods.

“Trader Joe’s is going to have a huge and positive impact on the revitalization of Lower Greenville,” said Jon Hetzel of Madison Partners. “We believe their presence in this location will benefit the whole East Dallas area.”

Madison Partners owns other buildings along Lower Greenville, and a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is opening a block away later this year.

The store at 2001 Greenville Ave. will be built close to the sidewalk, and a small building on the site will be demolished to make room for parking. The property has room for additional uses, Hetzel said. “The proximity to Trader Joe’s has kindled a lot of interest from some very cool tenants.”

Madison Partners is also “actively working” on a food truck park as part of the overall project, he said.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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Neighborhood residents uneasy about Skillman rezoning request

Stonelake Capital Partners, an Austin-based investment firm, is looking to rezone property it owns on the northeast corner of Skillman and Oram, across from Redenta's Garden.

Neighborhood resident Olive Talley has helped organize meetings between Stonelake representative Robert Baldwin and more than 20 neighbors to discuss the rezoning request. They have a lot of concerns because this particular block bumps right up to homes, she says.

Talley expressed concern that, among other things, a restaurant would be constructed atop the building. This type of development could lead to increased traffic, noise and parking issues, she says.

"We don't want this [neighborhood] to become another Lower Greenville Avenue," Talley says.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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