College Park Will Be a Diner’s Paradise
College Park Center may be complete, but related grand openings are yet to come.
On Oct. 3, UT Arlington will formally dedicate College Park, a mixed-use development immediately north of the arena. The $80 million project, which opens in August, features five restaurants, a residence hall, student apartments, a satellite campus police station, a 1,850-vehicle parking garage, and the Dan Dipert University Welcome Center.
Of the places to eat, the most notable could well be MAVS Sports Grill in 4,500 square feet of prime space on the north side of Moritz Plaza, across from the College Park Center entrance. It will offer traditional grill items, sliders, chicken tenders, and sandwiches.
Other College Park restaurants include GRIP Mediterranean Grill, where diners “grip” custom sandwiches wrapped in a 10-inch pita and choose from a selection of salads and sides; Pie Five Pizza Co., specializing in personal-size pizzas assembled and baked in front of the customer; Coolberry Frozen Yogurt with its 90 flavors of frozen yogurt and 20 varieties of smoothies; and Pho Xpress, which features healthy Vietnamese options.
Jack Burgher, an SRS Real Estate associate who’s working on the College Park project, says prospective tenants are attracted to the sense of place that it creates.
“College students want a unique place to live, hang out, study, and grab a meal,” Burgher says. “This kind of development is what helps make a university a place where people want to be.”
College Park Center, the University’s 7,000-seat special events venue, opened in February and is expected to draw up to 400,000 patrons during its first year of operation.