Five restaurants including a new concept, MAVS
Sports Grill, will be among the first retail tenants in UT Arlington’s 20-acre College Park
District development, scheduled for completion this summer.
The restaurants reflect the diversity of The
University of Texas at Arlington and include a pizza franchise, a
Vietnamese-style noodle house, a Mediterranean grill and a frozen yogurt shop.
Finish out of the retail space will take place throughout the spring, and
additional tenant announcements are expected soon. A grand opening is set for
Sept. 1, 2012.
MAVS Sports Grill is a new, sports-themed concept
that will occupy about 4,500 square feet of prime space on the north side of
Moritz Plaza, directly across from the College Park Center entrance. The MAVS
Sports Grill ownership group also will operate Pho Xpress, which will occupy an
adjacent 3,500 square feet just west of the new Dan Dipert University Welcome
“We have been striving for a strong and diverse
mix of tenants, and we are well on our way to achieving that,” said John Hall,
UT Arlington’s vice president for administration and campus operations. “This
development will certainly serve our students, faculty and staff, but it will
also be a draw for the downtown Arlington area, guests attending events at
College Park Center, and the entire community.”
Other College Park restaurants will include:
- GRIP Mediterranean Grill, a new, fast casual
concept from the owners of Terra Mediterranean Grill and Ali
Baba restaurants. Patrons will be able to “grip” custom sandwiches
wrapped in a 10-inch, pita and choose from a selection of salads and sides.
Grip will occupy 2,000 square feet at 115 W. Second St.
- Pie Five Pizza
Co., a concept from Pizza Inn Holdings Inc., has
announced that it will open at UT Arlington’s College Park. The restaurant
specializes in personal-size pizzas assembled in front of the customer, baked
and ready to eat in less than five minutes. The outlet will operate from 2,200
square feet at 501 S. Pecan St.
- Coolberry Frozen Yogurt,
which offers more than 90 flavors of frozen yogurt and more than 20 smoothie
varieties. The franchise will occupy 1,600 square feet at 439 S. Pecan St.
of the restaurant locations can be seen here.
Jennifer Tran, a representative of the MAVS
Sports Grill and Pho Xpress group, said owners are finalizing architectural
plans this spring but aim to include elements such as garage doors that open to
a patio area, a fire pit and at least 30 high-definition, Samsung
flat-screen televisions for game-day events.
MAVS Sports Grill will offer a traditional grill
menu, with sliders, chicken tenders and sandwiches and an average customer
ticket of $10 to $20. Pho Xpress will offer healthy options in the Vietnamese
style with an emphasis on quality food at an affordable price and a convenient
delivery service, Tran said.
Of the total 27,000 square feet of street-level
retail space at College Park, only about 4,600 square feet – or approximately
two-to-four spaces – remains available at 400 Center St. and UTA Boulevard,
just south of First Baptist Church of Arlington. SRS Real Estate Partners of Dallas
is consulting on leasing and prospective tenants, which will bring even more
diversity to the retail mix.
In addition to the significant addition of retail
space on campus, the mixed-used development includes living space for about 600
students in Vandergriff Hall and The Lofts at College Park, a student apartment
complex. Student housing and retail spaces are wrapped around interior parking
structures with space for about 1,850 vehicles. College Park Center, the
University’s 7,000-seat special events venue, anchors the development to the
College Park Center events are expected to draw
up to 400,000 patrons in the first year of operation. College Park Center
opened Feb. 1 as the home court for UT Arlington basketball and volleyball. It
also will host a wide variety of concerts, lectures, commencements and
UT Arlington’s enrollment is almost 33,500 this
spring. About 15 percent of the student population will live on campus when
College Park fully opens in August.
Frank Bullock, executive vice president and
market leader for SRS Real Estate, called the College Park leasing to date
“phenomenal” and said that it speaks to the synergy that the special events
venue is creating in downtown Arlington.
Jack Burgher, an SRS Real Estate associate who
also is working on the College Park development, said prospective tenants are
attracted to the sense of place that the mixed-used project is creating.
“College students want a unique place to live,
hang out, study and grab a meal,” Burgher said. “This kind of development is
what helps make a University the place where people want to be.”
For UT Arlington College Park leasing
opportunities, please contact Frank Bullock at SRS Real Estate Partners at
or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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