The next step in the evolution of downtown Mansfield could be Twisted Root, Quincy’s Chicken Shack and a third unnamed restaurant.
The trio of restaurants are planned on 1.2 acres just south of Mellow Mushroom on Main Street. Quincy’s is a new concept started by the same company that owns Twisted Root. It’s a soulful take on Babe’s Chicken Dinner House with homemade rotisserie chicken, fried chicken and homemade sides.
The first Quincy’s is under construction in Coppell. Twisted Root is known for its funky take on burgers with bison meat, brisket and other options available. Those two restaurants will both be about 4,000 square feet with the third being about 1,000 square feet.
All three restaurants would have a single alcohol license from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, meaning patrons can mix and mingle freely between the different restaurants with their alcoholic beverage in the “backyard,” said Kim McCaslin, vice president of MR Development. The backyard will have tailgate games such as ping pong, corn hole and an elevated treehouse.
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“It’s burgers and chicken and another concept. That could easily be an extension of your own backyard,” McCaslin said. “I knew the concept I wanted. I knew I wanted the outdoor concept with games. The objective was to try to find a user that could accomplish that. It was just great that Twisted Root and the parent company came with three different uses under one umbrella.”
The objective, she said, is for this to complement what’s already in downtown, such as the outdoor LOT project, which hosts its first concert April 30, and the Farr Best Theater, which just signed a lease with the Mansfield Commission for the Arts. But it also looks toward the future such as the Loft residential project north of downtown and the Pond Branch Linear Park that will connect Katherine Rose Memorial Park directly to the Twisted Root parking lot.
The Mansfield Planning and Zoning Commission considered the project Monday. It’s scheduled to go to City Council for a site plan and zoning change consideration for the first of three votes March 28. If approved, the goal is to start construction this summer and get the first restaurant open by spring 2017.
“I don’t know which one’s going to come first. After they get one up and running, they’ll move to the next one,” McCaslin said.
Many of the other downtown initiatives and projects will be reaching fruition about that same time, said Mayor David Cook. The Twisted Root and Quincy’s will be a “gamechanger” for downtown, he said.
Construction on the Loft project will start this spring with an official groundbreaking set for April 11. The project will add apartments at the corner of Main Street and Newt Patterson Road and extend the Walnut Creek Linear Park from Town Park to just west of Main Street.
The new Pond Branch Linear Trail is coming soon, too.
“Next spring, there will be a totally new downtown,” he said. “It’s all going to be coming together nicely.”
As McCaslin puts it, “activity breeds activity” and she’s excited for what else MR Development or others could bring.
“I love to see areas of town have new life. Downtown was pretty neglected for a long time,” she said.
The site plan has gone through six or seven versions already. The existing auto service garage would be preserved with Quincy’s using the roll-up doors to open to the patio. They may even try to preserve a tree in the middle of Twisted Root.
The size of the site and the elevation change meant they had to be creative, McCaslin said.
“We finally got to a really good place where we’re using every single square foot we can possibly use,” she said.