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What’s that gonna be ... at I-30 and North Collins in Arlington?

Ongoing construction of Champions Park, a $30 million restaurant-focused development on Saturday.
Ongoing construction of Champions Park, a $30 million restaurant-focused development on Saturday. jlmarshall@star-telegram.com

The area in and around AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park is constantly evolving — and that’s before ground is broken on the Texas Live! project.

The latest project that got our attention is in an area already loaded with retail, car dealerships and restaurants, prompting us to ask: “What’s that gonna be?”

As it turns out, more restaurants.

Where is it: Northwest corner of Interstate 30 and North Collins Street in Arlington.

It’s mostly a maze of concrete walls right now, but a restaurant-centered development is expected to open early next year.

What’s it going to be: Champions Park

Developed by Greenway Investment Co., the 4,000-square-foot complex of four retail/restaurant buildings will be a mix of fast-casual and sit-down restaurants. The $30 million first phase will have a 70-30 mix of restaurants and retail.

“This is a destination restaurant development,” said Mayor Jeff Williams, who called the I-30/Collins intersection “the center of the Metroplex.” “As you can see, this is a very important part of us making our entertainment district an attraction seven days a week.”

Four restaurants have signed leases so far, said Greenway Vice President Christy Hammons. They are all fast-casuals — Torchy’s Tacos, Firehouse Subs, DFW’s first BurgerFi and possibly Tarrant County’s first Tokyo Joe’s. (The website of the Waterside mixed-use development in Fort Worth says a Tokyo Joe’s is “coming soon.”) Hammons said she also is in talks with two other restaurants.

Torchy’s and its “damn good tacos” is perhaps the most well-known of the restaurants, with it’s wide variety of tacos, including those on a “secret menu.”

Tokyo Joe’s is fast-casual Asian-style restaurant, featuring made-to-order sushi, build-your-own bowls and spring rolls.

BurgerFi features, well, burgers — such as The CEO, featuring two wagyu beef and brisket blend patties, homemade candied bacon-tomato jam and trufle aioli — hot dogs and custard.

Hammons also is excited about another tenant, Tiff’s Treats, which delivers baked-to-order cookies. “I’ve got them in three of my centers,” she said, “and they’re absolutely fabulous.”

Robert Cadwallader: 817-390-7186, @Kaddmann_ST

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