The lowdown on what’s up with neighborhood businesses
North Dallas resident opens gluten-free bakery
North Dallas resident Linda Fitzerman, founder of Local Oven, has opened a 3,500-square-foot gluten-free bakery and manufacturing facility in the Midway Hills Shopping Center at the southeast corner of Midway and Trinity Mills. When Fitzerman was diagnosed with gluten intolerance a few years ago, she immediately began trying all of the gluten-free substitutes she could find, and what she found was disappointing. “The breads were rubbery or grainy, or just fell apart,” Fitzerman says. “After a year of eating like that, it got to me, and I knew I had to figure out a solution.” So, Fitzerman, who has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, rolled up her sleeves and got to work creating gluten-free baguettes, bread crumbs, biscotti, buns and more. “I love that I am able to fill a void and help people who have been deprived,” Fitzerman says. “No one should have to go without sandwiches and chicken Parmesan. Now they don’t have to.”
• Local Oven, 2650 Midway, Carrollton, 972.250.1818
Starbucks, Chipotle opening at Coit, Belt Line
Brewer Development has purchased the 28,000-square-foot tract of vacant land at the southwest corner of Coit and Belt Line, and Chipotle and Starbucks are moving in. The stores are scheduled to open this summer, and this means the Starbucks in Dal Rich Village will close. “It’s essentially relocating,” says UCR Realty’s Darrell Hernandez, who represented Starbucks and Chipotle in the sale. Although it’s just across the street, Starbucks saw a much greater value in southwest corner. “It’s more about getting on the right side of the road to catch that southbound morning traffic,” Hernandez says. Unlike the current store (which is more than 10 years old), Starbucks also will be able to install a drive-thru and have a larger patio at the new location.
More business bits
• Nosh Euro Bistro has opened a location on Park in Plano (4701 W. Park). Chef Avner Samuel’s four-star, European/Mediterranean eatery features a “Chef Bar” surrounding an open kitchen where guests can interact with the chef.
• Aquadora restaurant, which opened in November in the Go Fish Ocean Club spot in Village on the Green, has closed.
• California-based specialty grocer Trader Joe’s has announced plans to open a store at Preston and Park in Plano this spring.
• Jakes in Addison, 5505 Belt Line, is now open for breakfast, serving huevos rancheros, hangover hash, eggs benedict, butter pecan pancakes and more.
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