Cretia’s taking Dicho’s spot in Bishop Arts

Cretia’s is soon to have a third restaurant. Dicho’s Books had been subleasing a portion of its Bishop Arts District store to Cretia’s, which sold cookies, desserts and coffee there. But Dicho’s has moved out and Cretia’s is taking over the entire space at Bishop and Davis, which once housed Nodding Dog Coffee. Cretia’s Café is expected to be open for lunch this weekend, said Amanda Cross, the building’s owner.

Cretia Drydale, who owns and operates Cretia’s in Duncanville and on McKinney Avenue, hasn’t returned my calls.

Dicho’s has another location in the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano. Dicho’s co-owner Jorje Alvarez said he and his partner, Gilbert Burrola, couldn’t agree with Drydale on sublease terms and other issues. Cross says the store’s hours were an issue because Drydale wanted to stay open late to serve dessert, and Alvarez and Burrola wanted to close earlier.

The new Cretia’s Café will serve lunch, and it will stay open late for dessert, Cross said.

By |2009-07-21T12:01:00-05:00July 21st, 2009|Bishop Arts District, News|7 Comments

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  1. Smarty August 21, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    I love Cretia’s desserts! I have tried several and they have all been delicious.

  2. Bill August 21, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    I guess we know where Luke stands.

  3. Luke August 21, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Go Away!!! Somebody tell me this is not true….PLEASE
    Just when you thought the neighborhood was cleaning up its act. We get dumped on again with this dive pushing their mediocre desserts! Everything from their tastless cookies, runny pies and their disgusting cakes. What, are they bringing their tea room menu to the hood? Cretia’s peddles dog food to the masses. We will stay away and be passing the news. This place is a dump and before you know it Cretia’s Cafe will turn into another pick up bar like the one on McKinney! This truly sucks!!
    There goes the neighborhood.
    Just what the neighborhood needed. Bad food and the worst desserts ever!
    We’re done supporting this neighborhood.

  4. Luci August 21, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Good for Cretia’s. My family loves the cupcakes there alot. I am glad that they are sticking around and the staff is so nice there. White cake with white icing is the best I had ever tried, melts in your mouth.

  5. Scott August 21, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Dico’s was a lovely store, and certainly added to the charm of Bishop Arts. However, all the retail places need to stay open to at least 10pm on Thursday-Saturday to make the district vibrant for diners and people out on the town. If you want to close early, you should be in a strip-mall, not a village that promotes itself as a destination spot.

  6. Corinna August 21, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    There’s nothing better than a big piece of homemade strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting at midnight on a Friday night….

  7. sjthornton August 21, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Hurray for Cretia’s! Lovely spot for coffee and dessert after a nice meal. Will they be open for coffee and a muffin for breakfast? Bishop Arts is for art (wearable and displayable) and restaurants, and amazon.com is the place for books now.

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