The Boardwalk' restaurant row gets underway in West Plano

On the heels of landing Fannie Mae's regional consolidation at Granite Park, Granite Properties has started construction on its boardwalk-inspired restaurant row at the southeast corner of the Sam Rayburn Tollway and the Dallas North Tollway in West Plano.

The project, called The Boardwalk, is expected to bring about 29,000 square feet of restaurant space in a multi-building complex attached with patios and a boardwalk around the lake feature at Granite Park.

In all, The Boardwalk could bring six walkable restaurants to the office park, Greg Fuller, the newly-named president of Plano-based Granite Properties told the Dallas Business Journal.

"In attracting companies like Fannie Mae and other major corporate users, we have to have these amenities in place and it's beneficial to office offerings," Fuller told me. "We plan to continue to grow our offerings and that's what The Boardwalk is all about."

Dallas-based Retail Street Advisors' Aaron Stephenson and John Giesler is leasing the retail space on behalf of Granite Properties. Omniplan is the project designer. So far, The Boardwalk is roughly 50 percent leased with three confirmed restaurants, said Fuller, who declined to share the names of the restaurants because some of the leases may yet be finalized.

Last year, Granite Properties landed celebrity chef Kent Rathbun's new concept Hickory Kitchen and a Japanese and Asian-infused concept Blue Fish.

Fuller said it would be a variety of restaurants that would enhance the eateries at the park. Each restaurant will have 3,000 square feet to 7,000 square feet of retail space upon completion.

The Boardwalk will be located adjacent to the 299-room Hilton Granite Park hotel and conference center and will serve a daytime population of more than 6,000 employees of tenants that include Ford Motor Co., Invensys, Siemens and Texas Capital Bank.

At full build-out, Granite Park is expected to have a daytime population of 10,000 people. Construction on The Boardwalk is slated for completion in October.

The nearby Warren Buffet-back Nebraska Furniture Mart-anchored development known as Grandscape has a similar themed restaurant row under development in The Colony, a few miles west of Granite Office Park. (2/9/2016)

Source: Dallas Business Journal