In a highly anticipated announcement within the Lakeside DFW community, officials with Realty Capital Management LLC disclosed on Wednesday that Mio Nonno Trattoria and Mena’s Tex-Mex Cantina will occupy the two remaining signature restaurant locations in The Shops at Lakeside.
“Mio Nonno and Mena’s bring authentic cuisine to The Shops,” said Jimmy Archie, managing partner of Realty Capital, master developer of Lakeside DFW, “and an owner-directed philosophy. Both believe they will be part of something special at Lakeside.”
Wood-fired pizzas stand out as the signature dish of Mio Nonno chef Ati Mala and his longtime friend Noti Krasniqi. Their Central and Southern Italian fare also includes traditional pasta dishes and Old World-style cured meats accompanied by the freshest vegetables available.
The wood-fired pizza, large open bar, and covered patio overlooking the plaza will make Mio Nonno a magnet for those looking for great food and a place to gather with friends and family. Work to finish out the space will begin by the end of August.
Mena’s will bring to Lakeside the top-notch food, drinks, and bar service North Texans expect to find at quality Mexican restaurants in DFW.
The bar at Mena’s is designed to face the open patio that faces the intersection of Northwood and Lakeside. Owner Pablo Mena, who rose through the ranks at the Mi Cocina chain of restaurants in Dallas, is planning to make his bar and patio a place to see and be seen. Finish out is expected to begin in October.
“No one will rush you out of those restaurants,” said Robert Luleff, who represented the restaurant owners in their location search. “That philosophy will serve everyone well at Lakeside where those patios are sure to attract lots of people who want to enjoy their friends and the atmosphere.”
“Noti and Pablo are the types to quickly learn the names and favorite drinks of their customers.”
— Robert Luleff,
City Commercial Realty
“Noti and Pablo have trained and developed experienced staff at their other locations,” said Luleff, “and plan to spend a lot of time at Lakeside.
“Both are the types to quickly learn the names and favorite drinks of their customers.”
Luleff, a resident of Lewisville (just across the street from Flower Mound on FM 3040) who works out at Urban Vybe regularly (in the location he helped the owners find), sees something special growing at Lakeside.
“People in Flower Mound, Lewisville, and Coppell are hungry for a gathering place,” said the broker for City Commercial who helped launch leasing efforts at Southlake Town Square, Legacy Town Center, Addison Circle, and Mockingbird Station. “They want a place where everyone can agree to meet and decide where they’ll eat when they get there.”
“These two restaurants will help bring that to Lakeside,” he suggested. “They also will give people more reasons to come to Lakeside.
“And people will not just eat,” he added, “they will shop, see a movie, take a stroll on the trail, or just hang out.”
Officials with Realty Capital also announced that Fairway Mortgage, a customer service-driven independent mortgage corporation, and Victory Sports Rehab, a sports medicine and chiropractic clinic, will open at 2500 Lakeside Parkway around the end of the year.