FORT WORTH — Women’s apparel retailer White House Black Market has leased a location at the corner of Houston and Third streets in the Westbrook Building, one of the recently opened buildings in Sundance Square, and plans a July opening.The 3,815-square-foot location is across Third Street from The Loft, another women’s apparel retailer that opened in 2012.In addition, Hoya Korean Kitchen will open in July at the corner of Third and Taylor streets, at the base of Sundance Square parking garage No. 3, Sundance Square said. It will occupy the former Quiznos Sandwich location that closed late in 2013. The restaurant is owned by Odes Kim, who emigrated from South Korea to the United States in 1980. He will offer well-known Korean foods such as kimchi, bibimbap, and bulgogi. Kim is known for his successful Japanese restaurant, Little Katana, in Dallas’ Highland Park, Sundance Square said.“Hoya Korean Kitchen culinary vision emphasizes the use of fresh ingredients combined with classic and innovative Korean recipes,” Kim said in a statement. “Americans love Asian food, and they are becoming more familiar with Korean cuisine.”White House Black Market, a part of the Chico’s chain, has 400 stores in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.“We have been talking with more national retailers as we look to attract additional soft good and apparel stores into Sundance Square’s mix,” said Johnny Campbell, president and CEO of Sundance Square. “In the past few years, we have seen significant interest from national retailers who are considering downtown Fort Worth for their portfolios.”Bill Booker, Sundance Square’s leasing director negotiated the deals.Asian designer Hatsumi Kuzuu has been retained to design the interior of Hoya Korean Kitchen, a fast casual restaurant, Sundance Square said. Kuzuu has designed Brownstone in the West Seventh development, along with Tei-An, Urban Taco, Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar and FT33, all in Dallas.Sundance Square will be enlarging the sidewalks on Third and Taylor streets around the restaurant to match the sidewalks around The Carnegie building across Taylor Street to the west. On Taylor Street, the restaurant will feature a retractable roof system to offer diners the option to eat outside on a patio.
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