Preston Hollow Village, the thriving young mixed-use development at 75/Central Expressway and Walnut Hill Lane in North Dallas is adding another restaurant to its fabulous food line-up: Mesero. 

A Dallas favorite for upscale Mexican fare, Mesero will open its newest restaurant at 7859 Walnut Hill Lane in first quarter 2019.

Mesero joins Matchbox, Blue Sushi Saki Grill, Modern Market, Pak Pao Thai, Blatt Beer & Table and Cinco Taco. I have been to every one of those establishments and they all rock.

“Mesero is a great addition to Preston Hollow Village” said Leon Backes, CEO at Provident Realty Advisors. “Preston Hollow Village has become a destination for quality dining in Preston Hollow and the North Dallas area.”

The location is super convenient, and there is always parking — unlike Preston Center, sorry.


I kind of feel like a proud mama whose baby is graduating from high school, with highest honors.

Preston Hollow Village celebrates its Grand Opening this Thursday, June 28th, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Festivities will take place in The Douglas, 7825 Firefall Way, Dallas, TX, 75230. You simply cannot miss the partying.

Preston Hollow Village is, of course, that dynamic and ever-growing mixed use live-work-play miracle center at the intersection of Walnut Hill Lane and Central Expressway, northwest corner. By the way, we learned at NAREE a week ago that one no longer says “shopping center.” You say simply “center”, reason being that’s what these new developments truly are: so very much more than shopping.

Probably you have been to the Trader Joes there, one of the first stores that opened about spring, 2015.

The $300 million plus masterpiece of Preston Hollow Village brought life and tons of tax revenue to one of the most significant corners in the city, and one of the largest infill tracts of land in the Southwest. And this all happened without a dime of taxpayer “economic incentives”. 

I recall, because I am so old,  the olden days when the 42 acres at Central and Walnut Hill were covered with the Willow Creek Apartments, 1960’s era garden style townhome units that had more than their share of fires and trouble. They did have pleasant ponds where we once freed a pet duck. RIP Tulip the duck. 

Walnut Hill Lane and 75 in 2009


The Preston at Preston Hollow Village Residential is now open and move-in ready! With apartment homes ranging from 650-2500 square feet, The Preston depicts its own unique identity and amenities. Whether you are selling your family home for a smaller place in town, not to mention getting away from high property taxes, you are going to love this upscale home in the heart of Preston Hollow Village.

Did I say apartment? As in rent? As in no worries ever about outside maintenance, yard, bushes, pool chlorine levels, leaves in the gutters, paint, clogged commodes and kitchen sinks, parking your own car, and even lightbulbs: they change them for you! Hot damn!

The Preston is an apartment I would move to in a heartbeat — maybe sooner — because it has EVERYTHING!  (Keep reading to find out how you can get a preview of this property on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.!)

First of all: location, location, LOCATION! The northwest corner of Walnut Hill and Central first housed tony apartments that eventually became Class C, were torn down, and then the land sat idle during the Great Recession. Because I am old and I remember when the Class Cs were more like Bs, I knew the area had great potential: ponds and green space, but mostly that dynamic intersection. To me, quality of life is how quickly I can get to work or my grand-daughters out of my glorious home, and then get home again. And that intersection is solid gold for getting anywhere. 

Plus now, you have a true mixed-use community anchored by Trader Joes and ModernMarket, Pakpao Thai, Blue Sushi Saki Grill, Cinco Tacos, Frost Gelato, Matchbox Kitchen, and Blatt Beer & Table. That’s just the food offerings now. The six-phase master-planned community encompasses upscale shopping and dining, and will ultimately have six upscale residential neighborhoods featuring more than 1,300 homes. Preston Hollow Village complements the modern, on-the-move lifestyles of its residents: you and me. Everyone can walk to chic restaurants, a neighborhood grocery store, superior shopping and services and, in the near future, a three-acre park. There is even a Walgreens Community Pharmacy and a Frost Bank.



What is it about a Friday night that makes you want to grab a glass of wine or a beer, and catch a simple meal somewhere in your jeans. Somewhere close. The last thing you want to do is turn on the Viking. That’s why I am so psyched to see Preston Hollow Village filling up with a variety of restaurants and eateries. There’s Blue Sushi Sake Grill, the second location in Texas, following the first in Fort Worth, Modmarket, the first Dallas branch of the Colorado-based chain, following Flower Mound, Plano and Southlake, and there’s Vertskebap, the Austin-based wraps concept. There’s Blatt Beer & Table, part of the Omaha, Nebraska-based Flagship Restaurant Group, and the first Blatt outside of Omaha. (Wonder if Warren Buffett eats there?) Flagship is also the owner of Blue Sushi Sake Grill. Blatt is a craft beer bar and restaurant with “elevated beer hall fare” and a Germanic twist: housemade sausages, burgers, chicken and waffles. This is the stuff hearty Midwesterners eat when the mercury dips below zero.

And the Thai restaurant Pakpao recently opened their second location (other than the Dallas Design District) next to Frost Gelato. We popped in Friday evening and found one of our son’s high school buds, Tea Acuff, working with owner Richard Ellman. I was curious why he chose this particular location to move into Preston Hollow — really, the location is NOT Preston Hollow, but we will let that slip because on Friday, it seemed half of Preston Hollow was there… listen up ye restauranteurs of Preston Center: a grocery store brings out the consumers:



Mod Market

Update 1:54 pm: Heather Dubrow (wife of the Dr. Botched fame Dr. Terry Dubrow) will likely be the prototype for Cary Deubur. I love plastic surgeons’s wives — they benefit so much from their hubby’s talents! Kind of like ObGyn wives… I digress. I totally forgot another hot tip: the beautiful and brilliant Gina Ginsberg, ex of Scott who is a sharp businesswoman on her own and graduated Magna Cum Laude from SMU… got a tip that the Ladies of Dallas, that is the Real Housewives of Dallas, were shooting some scenes over at Mod Market in Preston Hollow Village, Walnut Hill Lane and Central last week. Sources who saw it all — dang they snapped zero pictures — confirmed that two of the Real Housewives of Dallas are definitely the lovely Lee Anne Locken and Tiffany Hendra. They were for sure seen there filming. Source also thinks they saw Heidi Dillon, and MAYBE Stephanie Hollman. No word on whether my darling friend Cynthia Smoot was spotted, but the Dallas Observer thinks she is a shoo-in. Other possible Housewives (not confirmed by my source) is are Heather Dubrow and Cary Deubur, wife of Baylor plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Deuber, who live on Strait Lane north of Royal. The cast will be revealed next month.

The Legacy West development in Frisco, designed by Ross Conway and his team at Gensler. All photos and renderings: Ross Conway

The Legacy West development in Frisco, designed by Ross Conway and his team at Gensler. All photos and renderings: Ross Conway

In our ongoing series, Interview with an Architect, we speak with leading voices in the North Texas architecture community and learn about their work, development issues in our community, and good design practices and principals (you can read the last one here).

Ross Conway

Ross Conway

Ross Conway, AIA, LEED AP, is Senior Associate and Design Director in the Lifestyle Studio at Gensler’s Dallas offices, where he has worked for almost 14 years.

His portfolio includes big names like the Dallas Cowboys Headquarters (The Star) in Frisco, the Legacy West addition in Frisco, Preston Hollow Village, The Shops at Park Lane, The Gate in Frisco, The Music Factory in Irving, and the Brazos Riverfront in Waco.

One of his current tasks is the $100-million Bishop Arts redevelopment in North Oak Cliff, an enterprise he calls “a once-in-a-career project for me.”

Conway grew up in Arlington and earned a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. He and his wife recently built a house in Urban Reserve, a Lake Highlands neighborhood of 50 modern, single-family homes, designed by a select group of regionally and nationally recognized architects, including Evan Beattie, the first person we interviewed for this series. He’s also on the architectural review committee there.

CandysDirt: Where are you with the Bishop Arts redevelopment?

Ross Conway: We will finish the design in next few months, and [developer] Exxir Capital wants to start construction in August for phase one. We want to gradually grow it over a two-year process, getting it built out to let people get used to it, and to take into consideration people’s concerns.


Preston Hollow Village

Fresh after winning Dallas City Council approval of their Cole Avenue project, Provident Realty Advisors is hyper focused now on their mixed-use, $300 million plus masterpiece at Walnut Hill Lane and Central: Preston Hollow Village. Cannot tell you how excited I am to see this development make it’s Dallas debut. It’s one of the most significant corners in the city, and one of the largest infill tracts of land in the Southwest. I recall the days when the 42 acres were covered with the Willow Creek Apartments, 1960’s era garden style townhome units that had more than their share of fires. (They did have pleasant ponds where we once freed a pet duck.) There were cute shops, too, and, ironically, a nice fireplace store. 

Willow Creek Apartments Dallas Morning News files

Willow Creek Apartments
Dallas Morning News files

Even more deja vu: the current developer was once a previous owner of the land, Provident Realty Advisors, Inc. Back then they planned a Euro-style “urban village” with 1,100 apartments, 175,000 square feet of retail space and senior housing. Down came the aging apartments, up came the recession. The acreage remained barren for five years as nothing happened on the land. (more…)