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Drinks at Bolsa. Photo by Mark Davis

New mixed-use development for West Davis

Oak Cliff resident Rick Garza has unveiled his plans for a mixed-use development he calls Kings Way. Garza, an architect who owns several rental properties in the neighborhood, bought the 1.75-acre tract on West Davis at Vernon, across the street from Sweet 200, in 2008. “I live here, and I wanted to see something good happen to it,” Garza says. He is planning Kings Way as three five-story buildings with 43,000 square feet of retail space on the ground level. The second story would comprise 43,000 square feet of office space. And the top three stories would contain 145 apartments. Garza also wants to build a two-level underground parking garage that would hold 400 cars. There would be a driveway through two of the buildings, from West Davis to Fouraker, with a few parking spaces. In another space between the buildings, Garza is planning a green space with wider, shaded sidewalks and no driveway. He doesn’t have funding for the project yet, but Garza says he thinks construction could be underway within the next year and a half. Garza was a leader in the Bishop Davis Land Use Study, which resulted in a major rezoning of the West Davis corridor last year.

Bolsa restaurant opens local market

Scheduled to open its doors this month in the former Kemp garage space, Bolsa Mercado is the cafe/market sister restaurant to Bolsa. The small grocery store/cafe will sell honey, olive oil, chocolates, homemade pastas and breads, beer and wine, cheeses, meats, produce and more from local vendors. Guests can pick up prepared meals and dinners for two or four, fresh sandwiches and salads, homemade kolaches, granola, smoothies, hand-pressed fruit juices and coffee drinks. “Bolsa Mercado is the full realization of the original Bolsa concept,” owner Chris Zielke says. “When we opened Bolsa, we had a market section, but we removed it to make space for more tables. Bolsa Mercado is that market component.” The store will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 or 9 p.m., but hours will evolve based on the community’s feedback. “We want our customers to tell us when they need for us to be open, what they like, what they don’t like, etc., and we’ll make improvements based on that,” Zielke says.

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