Restaurants and retail are booming in Mansfield, with some shops and eateries already open and others on the way.
“In the next couple of months a lot of things will be revealed that are simmering under the surface right now,” said Scott Welmaker, the city’s director of economic development.
Mansfield’s first sit-down seafood restaurant, Fish City Grill, opened July 25 at 581 W. Debbie Lane, with an oyster bar, full bar,outdoor patio and private party room.
“It’s been terrific,” said Deb Robinson, managing partner. “We’ve been very well received, it’s getting better every day.”
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Los Molcajetes, 960 U.S. 287, opened July 5, with a full bar and Mexican food.
“The response has been great,” said co-owner Simon Chavez, who owns six restaurants with his brothers. “Every location has it’s own deal. This is our No. 1 location for enchiladas. We sell double the number of enchiladas as we do in our Western Center store.”
“We have a full breakfast, full bakery,” George Vila said. “We are open from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. every day. The restaurant has a French flavor with a lot of French desserts and French omelets. My daughter Valentina runs the bakery, and you will not find a better baker.”
The soda fountain is back, too, serving coffee, espresso and milkshakes, with Blue Bell ice cream coming soon.
The Vilas also own Mario’s Pizza in Grand Prairie.
Soulman’s Bar-B-Que should be open by Christmas. The 40-year-old traditional barbecue joint, which has 15 locations in North and East Texas, is moving into the former Pizza Hut at 1223 FM 157, confirms Soulman’s CEO Brett Randle. The restaurant chain will begin to convert the building in the next 30 days and it will take approximately 8-12 weeks to complete.
Pizza Hut is now at 640 W. Debbie Lane Suite 150.
Also hopping to be open before Christmas is the 55,234-square-foot Hobby Lobby, under construction at 120 S. U.S. 287.
The Nest is on the move. The home decor store is feathering its new abode at 205 N. Main St., where Swankyville was located before heading to Tyler.
“We literally stripped the paneling off the walls (of Swankyville),” said Haley Williams, who owns The Nest with her mother, Julie Buckley. “There’s ship lap under it, but there’s termite damage. We are replacing windows, doors and painting the outside.”
The Nest, which opened in March 2015 at 213 Smith St., hopes to be open in the new space by mid-September, Williams said.
“We wanted to be closer to everything downtown,” she said. “It’s a bigger space, so when it came open we jumped on it.”
The store will be adding Magnolia Home furniture line, plus stationery and jewelry, Williams said.
HEB grocery store will anchor a shopping center at the southeast corner of East Broad Street and U.S. 287, but it could be awhile.
“The only promise we hae is that they will start construction in 2019 and be open in 2020,” Welmaker said. “They build a certain number per year, and those are already determined.”
The development will have 240,000 square feet of retail and restaurants on 33.7 acres. The H-E-B supermarket will be between 80,000 and 106,000 square feet, plus there will also be junior anchors, a strip center and pad sites for several restaurants. The council limited the fast-food restaurants to three.
There could be even more retail coming on that corner, Welmaker said.
“That piece of property is split,” he said. “HEB has the north half, Lincoln properties has the south half. There’s lots of interest in that property. There’s still a whole bunch of things happening at that corner that are being determined.”
This story contains information from the News-Mirror archives.