By: Kendall Louis
Openings, Expansions and Closings
Pastry chef Tareka Lofton opened Loft22 Cakes at 106 E. Daggett Ave. in February in the space formerly occupied by the original location of Stir Crazy Baked Goods.
WestBend announced in February that Bartaco will open in the development. New York-based Bartaco is a coastal-inspired joint that serves fresh, upscale street food. This will be the first Texas location of the chain. The restaurant will span 4,853 square feet and overlook the Trinity River.
Craftwork Coffee Co. is expanding. The coffee shop and coworking space will open a new location at 1121 West Magnolia Ave. Designed by architect 97w, the 1,850-square-foot space will have a 36-seat coffee shop, 14 desks, two call booths and a conference room. It is expected to open in the spring.
Popular Near Southside music venue The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, located at 1311 Lipscomb St., will close at the end of April. Ownership cited rent increases as the reason for closing.
Pinstripes is scheduled to open in The Shops at Clearfork in late 2017. The 30,000-square-foot venue will be Pinstripes’ first location in Texas and eighth in the U.S. Pinstripes will include 12 bowling lanes, six bocce courts, fire pits and an event space for large parties. Its bistro will serve American and Italian cuisines, along with wine, craft beers and cocktails.
The Soulful Gypsy opened a brick and mortar location at 2914 Race St. in The Riverside Arts District in March. The original business, a traveling fashion truck found at events and food truck parks, is still running. The store stocks eclectic bohemian finds.
Into the West furniture store opened in the historic 1900s building at 1410 North Main St. in the Stockyards in March. Into the West owner Jack McDonald and History Channel’s host of “Lone Star Restoration” Brent Hull teamed up to restore the abandoned 8,000-square-foot building.