Did you know D-FW has a river walk? See the 5 restaurants and bars on its banks
Forget the river walk in San Antonio. Flower Mound now has its own river walkway with five new restaurants and bars in the Dallas area.
The project was a 14 year old slog that stalled after the first developer went down. It was then picked up by Mehrdad Moayedi, who has worked on projects in 45 cities including Dallas, Celina, Little Elm and Westlake. Moayedi is behind the renovation of the Statler Hilton Hotel in downtown Dallas and the redesign of the Collin Creek Mall in Plano.
Primo’s MX Kitchen is the second restaurant after Sfereco to open on the River Walk in Central Park in Flower Mound. It opened on December 6, 2021.(Juan Figueroa / Employee Photographer)
Moayedi bought 158 acres in Flower Mound in 2013, and his company Centurion American spent $ 400 million to build it to turn it into a riverside oasis with restaurants and bars and a wedding hall. The development will also include two hotels.
“If you’re out here at night and on weekends, it’s full – and for a while, restaurants weren’t even open,” says Robert Hall, CEO of Refined Hospitality Concepts, the company that handpicked each of the five restaurants in the making.
“It’s already a place to hang out.”
Sfereco, an Italian restaurant, was the first to open on November 8, 2021 on the River Walk in Central Park. Primo’s MX Kitchen, a margaritas and fajitas spot, was next open on December 6, 2021. Then comes Scout, a 6,000-square-foot bar with ping pong and foosball that is slated to debut in late 2021 or early 2022.
Hall’s restaurant range will be complete next year when the Boi Na Braza and Parliament open.
Boi Na Braza was a 20 year old Brazilian steakhouse in Grapevine that closed in early 2021. It was founded by Julio Matheus, and his son John Matheus is set to run the new restaurant in collaboration with Refined Hospitality Concepts.
Parliament is an uptown cocktail bar founded by Dallas bartender Eddie “Lucky” Campbell.
Robert Hall, CEO of Refined Hospitality Concepts, put together a team to fill the five spaces on the River Walk in Central Park in Flower Mound.(Juan Figueroa / Employee Photographer)
The development of Flower Mound has become a who’s who of diner and bartenders in Dallas, and many of them opened up other concepts in North Texas before joining Hall. Moayedi’s Centurion American owns Hall’s Refined Hospitality Concepts, making it a supergroup that has drawn in people like Chef Ryan Carbery, who previously worked at the Nosh Euro Bistro and the short-lived but excellent Red Fork Tavern in Dallas. The Matheuses and Campbell are new to the group. The company has also partnered with Richard Rawlings, the TV star and motorist who is opening a 40,000 square foot restaurant in Farmers Branch.
“These are restaurants in Dallas that are mutually supportive,” Hall said.
The River Walk is a “long journey,” said interim city manager Tommy Dalton as it was plagued by the recession, bankruptcy and the challenge of building on a floodplain.
About 14 years later, says Dalton, the almost finished project will create “new energy and excitement” in Flower Mound.
Sfereco, the first restaurant to open, is located on 4120 River Walk Drive, Flower Mound. The second, Primo’s MX Kitchen & Lounge, opened at the same address on December 6, 2021.
Original story written on November 9th, 2021. The story was updated on December 6th, 2021 with news about the opening of Primo.
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