Childhood Friends Spawn Full-Service Food and Beverage Store to Downtown Dallas
For those who live and work in Downtown Dallas and were disappointed to see the closing of Urbanmarket, good news is coming in the form of a new multi-service food and beverage depot in Urbanmarket’s former location. Located in the Interurban Building at 1500 Jackson St. in east downtown, three connected shops are opening that run the gamut from organic produce station to sushi bar to high-end purveyor of fine wines and spirits.
The one-stop shop location is the brainchild of three Dallas-area entrepreneurs and childhood friends now in their mid-20s, Josh McIntosh, Umair Humeed and Loc Tran. The trio plans to start with Urban Orchard Market, the grocery store that will have a bevy of healthy and organic products for consumer to choose from, as well as a fro-yo station.
Soon after the market opens, Urban Vineyard will open, providing a great place for Dallas homeowners on their way back from work to pick up a nice bottle of wine for dinner, as well as an assortment of other fine libations that the owners say will separate the space from less refined packaged liquor stores.
The third installment in the 20,000 square-foot space will be Bar None Café, which will serve sushi, tacos and sandwiches, among the many offerings on its hot-and-cold menu. Bar None will also have lounge areas to give it a relaxed, coffee shop vibe, providing customers with an area to eat during the busy lunch hours of downtown Dallas business life.
Says McIntosh about the operation, “We have a great strategy for serving the people who live and work downtown. This is a place I personally would shop at and I’m really picky. I’ve been known to drive an hour out of my way to shop at good places.” Since driving is not the course of action that most downtown Dallas professionals use during their workday, a full-service food and drink stop like the one McIntosh, Humeed and Tran are offering could be just the ticket.
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