The building permit was issued for Paradise Bistro & Cafe at The Shops at Lakeside last week; construction finish-out began this week.
Across the street, construction finish-out on Taverna del Lago is expected to commence in the last week of September.
Many Lakeside residents plan to be “regulars” of the two establishments. Both proprietors are doing everything possible to open by the end of the year.
“We will open at 6 am and close at 10 pm,” said Nathan McDaniel of Paradise. “We’ll offer a full breakfast menu and wonderful lunches and dinners.”
Stone-fired pizzas and Mediterranean delights will be the signature items at Taverna along with a wide selection of craft beers, specialty whiskey and bourbon cocktails, much of it served on its ample patio space.
“We look forward to turning what is now a sheet-rocked first floor into the heartbeat of Lakeside,” said Joe Hinkson, proprietor of Taverna.
Residents won’t have to wait long for the opening of Carvao Prime Brazilian Steak House.
“We will be open to the public in the first week of October,” reported Paulo Novaes confidently.
The high-end eatery is expected to attract meat lovers and wine connoisseurs from far and wide.
By Thanksgiving, Epic Gelato will become a Lakeside staple. But frozen desert, said proprietor Richard Baldwin, will be only part of the attraction.
“We will have unique doughnuts, specialty coffees, and a ‘chill’ atmosphere,” Baldwin said, “that people will want to enjoy throughout the day.”
The openings (and work on finish-outs) can’t come soon enough for residents and proprietors alike. (Click here for a status map of The Shops at Lakeside.)
“One of my jobs,” said Jimmy Archie, managing director of Realty Capital (master developer of Lakeside DFW), “is to ensure that the tenants, architects, engineers, contractors, and staff at the town’s building department are communicating efficiently and moving each project forward.”
“It is a tedious process full of details,” explained Archie, “and a long chain of people are involved, especially for the restaurants, where the public health is at stake.”
Each finish out has its own set of challenges.
“We are so pumped to have our building permit,” said Nathan McDaniel of Paradise. “It brings us an important step closer to serving the Lakeside community.”
“I try not to think about the bumps along the way,” said Richard Baldwin of Epic Gelato. “Instead, I think about this ‘killer location’ at Lakeside, the 60,000 cars driving by, and the many years we plan to be here.”
“Cecilia and I want to thank everyone for their patience,” said Paulo Novaes of Carvao. “We look forward to seeing you in October.”