Recap of Downtown Dallas, Inc.’s Storefront Restoration Grant

Downtown Dallas, Inc. established a Storefront Restoration Program to provide financial assistance to Downtown businesses that sustained damages to their storefronts in the social unrest and protests of May and June 2020.  In an effort to support and sustain vibrant street-level retail activity, and to further support businesses already affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the program provided grants in an amount up to $5,000 to fund the replacement of windows, doors, signage, exterior paint, and patio furnishings damaged in the protests.  The application process was closed in June.  Through the Storefront Restoration Program, Downtown Dallas, Inc. provided nearly $91,000 to 28 Downtown businesses!

Live Like a Local: Best Coffee Shops in Downtown Dallas

By Downtown Dallas, Inc.

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Downtown Dallas has so much to see and do that it can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we created a list of our faves as the go-to resource for all things in and around Downtown. We invite you to Live Like a Local and explore some of our favorite local coffee shops in Downtown. 

 

Ascension 

Open for breakfast, lunch, & dinner, grab your cup of joe any time of the day. Order online to go or visit the Elm St. location. 

https://ascensiondallas.com/

 

Commissary 

We love this place a latte! Order for takeout or delivery via DoorDash, UberEats, and Grubhub. Live within eight miles? Commissary will come straight to you! (No delivery fee, $35 order minimum.) 

https://www.commissarydallas.com/

 

Flying Horse Cafe

Dallas’ best-kept secret. Located in The Magnolia Hotel, visit one of the most historic buildings in Downtown and enjoy a variety of coffee selections with an array of artwork featured from local artists. 

http://www.flyinghorsecafe.com/

 

Kokopelli 

This isn’t your typical coffee shop. Located in the West End, you can treat yourself to candy, pastries, and more! Then, top it off with some of their delicious coffee. 

https://www.facebook.com/kokopellisweetsinwestend/

 

Otto’s Coffee and Fine Foods

Located in The Adolphus Hotel, Otto’s is an upscale Viennese-style café serving local Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters brew. Hang out inside or head to the grab-and-go service window on Commerce Street. 

https://www.adolphus.com/restaurants-bars/ottos-coffee-and-fine-foods/

 

Overeasy 

Stop by The Statler and grab an espresso to go or chill out in the lobby co-working spaces and enjoy free WiFi. 

View the full menu here: 

https://www.overeasydallas.com/ 

 

Palmieri

Fresh, authentic, & natural. They make everything from scratch! Order online for takeout or curbside delivery. 

https://www.palmiericafe.com/

 

Royal Blue Grocery 

If you find yourself wandering around the Main Street District, be sure to check out Royal Blue Grocery for a quick pick me up and pair it with a delicious pastry!

https://www.royalbluegrocery.com/

 

Weekend Coffee 

Take a trip to The Joule and pair great coffee with a playful atmosphere. Now open for takeout seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

http://ahhweekend.com/

 

Don’t see your favorite coffee shop?  Let us know (info@downtowndallas.com).

 

Surrounding Dallas neighborhoods for more options – 

For a full list of Downtown coffee shops, visit our website.

Phase Three of Governor Abbott’s Opening of Texas

PHASE 3 – EXECUTIVE ORDER

Effective June 3

  • All businesses currently operating at 25% capacity can expand their occupancy to 50% with certain exceptions.
  • Bars and similar establishments may increase their capacity to 50% as long as patrons are seated.
  • Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed positive cases may open at 50% capacity.
  • Restaurants may expand their maximum table size from 6 to 10 persons.

Effective June 12

  • Restaurants may expand their occupancy levels to 75%.
  • Counties with 10 or less active COVID-19 cases may expand their occupancy limits to 75%. Counties that fit this category but have not previously filed an attestation with DSHS will need to do so.

Effective June 19

  • Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with more than 1,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 may open at 50% capacity.

Additional Openings:

Special provisions have been made for outdoor gatherings, such as Fourth of July celebrations, but it is imperative that local officials and public health officials collaborate on safe standards. These provisions are included in the Governor’s Executive Order and are also available on the Open Texas webpage. 

Further Protocols:

All businesses should continue to follow the minimum standard health protocols from DSHS. For details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates, visit http://open.texas.gov.

Reminders for those going out:

  • Individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate face coverings.
  • People should not be in groups greater than ten when possible.
  • People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.
  • People are still asked to avoid nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities.

PHASE 2 – EXECUTIVE ORDER

Effective May 18

  • Services provided by office workers in offices may reopen up to the greater of (i) 10 employees, or (ii) 25% of the workforce, provided employees maintain appropriate social distancing
  • Massage establishments
  • Tattoo studios, piercing studios, hair removal services and hair loss treatment and growth services
  • Child-care services

Beginning Friday, May 22

  • Restaurants may operate at up to 50% of the total listed occupancy (increased from 25%)
  • Bars may open at up to 25% of the total listed occupancy
  • Aquariums, natural caverns and similar facilities (excluding zoos) may open at up to 25% of the total listed occupancy
  • Bowling alleys, bingo halls, simulcast racing, and skating rinks may operate at up to 25% of the total listed occupancy
  • Rodeos and equestrian events may operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy
  • Drive-in concerts, under guidelines that facilitate appropriate social distancing and generally require spectators to remain in their vehicles
  • Amateur sporting events (i) at which there is no access to the general public allowed; and (ii) for which all participants have tested negative for COVID-19 prior to the event, are quarantined for the duration of the event, are temperature-checked and monitored for symptoms daily, and are tested again for COVID-19 at the end of the event

Beginning Friday, May 29

  • Outdoor areas of zoos that operate at up to 25% of the normal operating limits as determined by the zoo owner

Beginning Sunday, May 31

  • Professional basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, football, and car racing events, with no spectators physically present on the premises of the venue, as approved on a league-by-league basis
  • Youth camps
  • Practices for youth sports programs, provided, however, that games and similar competitions may not begin until June 15

Beginning Monday, June 1

  • Public school districts may offer on-campus summer school programs
  • Private schools and institutions of higher education may reopen campuses

PHASE 1 – EXECUTIVE ORDER

Governor Greg Abbott has released new Executive Orders about the reopening of Texas.  The Report is in sections, and each can be viewed by clicking the links below.

DDI continues to work with a variety of governmental and private stakeholders to ensure Downtown Dallas is a model for COVID response and recovery. If you own or operate a business in Downtown and have questions, or if DDI can support you, please let us know.

Churches and Places of Worship

Employers

Individuals

Movie Theater Customers

Movie Theaters

Museum and Library Visitors

Museums and Libraries

Outdoor Sports Participants

Restaurant Customers

Restaurants

Retail Customers

Retailers

Single-Person Offices

Click here to read the full report.

OPEN TEXAS CHECKLISTS

Additional details on reopenings and guidelines can be found at https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas.

Updated 6.6.20: Important Information from City of Dallas Regarding Curfew Cancellation and Protests

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June 6, 2020, 12:35 p.m.: The City of Dallas just announced that the curfew has been lifted. Additional details are provided by clicking here.

As a reminder, there are several protests confirmed for today and tomorrow as well as throughout next week for the Downtown area.  We also continue to see pop-up and movement activity that is not scheduled that may require brief street closures for the safety of the protesters and community.

Belo Garden Park – Dallas Stand Up For Justice
Saturday, June 6
2pm – 4:30pm
1014 Main St.

(NEW) Katy Trail – Justice March
Saturday, June 6
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Katy Trail

Jack Evans Headquarters – National Injustice Peaceful Rally
Sunday, June 7
11am – 2pm
1400 S. Lamar St.

Praise and Worship in Downtown Dallas
Sunday, June 7
11am – 2pm
133 N. Riverfront Blvd.

Deep Ellum Brewery – Peace March/Protest
Sunday, June 7
6:00pm – 8:00pm
2823 St. Louis St.

Dallas City Hall – White Coats for Black Lives
Wednesday, June 10
5:30pm – 6:30pm
1500 Marilla St.

Dallas City Hall – Mothers and Fathers Against Police Brutality
Thursday, June 11
8:00am – 10:00am
1500 Marilla St.

Updated 6.2.20: Important Information from City of Dallas Regarding Protests and Expanded Curfew Zone

June 2, 2020 – Today, the City of Dallas expanded the zone in which there is a curfew from 7:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.

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Please see additional information released May 31, from the City of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department:

  • Mayor Johnson has signed an emergency declaration giving City Manager Broadnax & Chief Hall authority to institute a curfew from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The boundaries are Oak Lawn to the north, Riverfront to the west, Corinth to the south, and Peak to the east including Downtown, Deep Ellum, the Farmers Market, Cedars, Uptown, and Victory Park. The expanded area now includes Trinity Groves and West Village.  City of Dallas is working with organizations and partners in these areas to communicate with their residents, businesses, and other stakeholders. DPD has further asked to stress situational awareness and honoring the curfew, particularly allowing employees who are working Downtown ample time to leave before 7:00 p.m.

 

  • The City of Dallas and DPD continue to respect and protect the rights of peaceful protesters gathering within our city.  DPD will have a presence protecting peaceful protesters, residents, and business owners, patrons, and employees; managing traffic; and vigilantly looking to remove or control bricks or anything else which may be used to harm people, vandalize or destroy property, or aid in other criminal mischief.

 

  • If you observe concerning activity, particularly if it is not a part of scheduled demonstrations, citizens are asked to use the iWatch app to provide images and video directly to law enforcement.  Business owners and residents are strongly urged not to take matters in to their own hands and to call 9-1-1 if they continue to see violence, destruction of personal property, vandalism, or other criminal mischief.

 

  • City of Dallas and DPD encourages all residents and visitors to be mindful of the curfew and comply to ensure we may continue to keep residents, business owners & employees, peaceful demonstrators, and first responders safe. Residents or employees who live or work in the curfew area should be prepared to show proof of residency or work credentials if they need to travel in or out of the area while curfew is in effect.

 

  • Gov. Abbott has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Texas, activating the National Guard. Between 120 and 150 National Guard officers in Grand Prairie are available if needed.

 

  • We are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Dallas residents are safest at home and urged to continue exercising personal responsibility and practicing safe social distancing.

Downtown Dallas, Inc.’s Storefront Restoration Program

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Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is pleased to announce that we have approved a Storefront Restoration Program aimed to help businesses in Downtown who were impacted by damage during the demonstrations. The program is intended to help street level businesses with losses not covered by insurance or other means. Grants will be capped at $5,000.

Please review the following documents for more information and how to apply:

DDI Storefront Restoration Program Overview

DDI Storefront Restoration Program Application

Important Information from City of Dallas Regarding Protests

May 31, 2020 – Please see additional information released May 31, from the City of Dallas and the Dallas Police Department:

  • Gov. Abbott has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Texas, activating the National Guard. Between 120 and 150 National Guard officers in Grand Prairie are available if needed.

 

  • Mayor Johnson has signed an emergency declaration giving City Manager Broadnax & Chief Hall authority to institute a curfew beginning Sunday, May 31, from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The boundaries are Oak Lawn to the north, Riverfront to the west, Corinth to the south, and Peak to the east including Downtown, Deep Ellum, the Farmers Market, Cedars, Uptown, and Victory Park. We are working with organizations and partners in these areas to communicate with their residents, businesses, and other stakeholders. Businesses are urged to close at 5:00 p.m. so all patrons and employees may avoid harm.

 

  • The City of Dallas and DPD continue to respect and protect the rights of peaceful protesters gathering within our city.  DPD will have a presence protecting peaceful protesters, residents, and business owners, patrons, and employees; managing traffic; and vigilantly looking to remove or control bricks or anything else which may be used to harm people, vandalize or destroy property, or aid in other criminal mischief.

 

  • Business owners and residents are strongly urged not to take matters in to their own hands and to call 9-1-1 if they continue to see violence, destruction of personal property, vandalism, or other criminal mischief.

 

  • We encourage all residents and visitors to be mindful of the curfew and comply to ensure we may continue to keep residents, business owners & employees, peaceful demonstrators, and first responders safe. Residents or employees who live or work in the curfew area should be prepared to show proof of residency or work credentials if they need to travel in or out of the area while curfew is in effect.

 

  • We are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Dallas residents are safest at home and urged to continue exercising personal responsibility and practicing safe social distancing.

Phase Two of Governor Abbott’s Opening of Texas

PHASE 2 – EXECUTIVE ORDER

Effective May 18

  • Services provided by office workers in offices may reopen up to the greater of (i) 10 employees, or (ii) 25% of the workforce, provided employees maintain appropriate social distancing
  • Massage establishments
  • Tattoo studios, piercing studios, hair removal services and hair loss treatment and growth services
  • Child-care services

Beginning Friday, May 22

  • Restaurants may operate at up to 50% of the total listed occupancy (increased from 25%)
  • Bars may open at up to 25% of the total listed occupancy
  • Aquariums, natural caverns and similar facilities (excluding zoos) may open at up to 25% of the total listed occupancy
  • Bowling alleys, bingo halls, simulcast racing, and skating rinks may operate at up to 25% of the total listed occupancy
  • Rodeos and equestrian events may operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy
  • Drive-in concerts, under guidelines that facilitate appropriate social distancing and generally require spectators to remain in their vehicles
  • Amateur sporting events (i) at which there is no access to the general public allowed; and (ii) for which all participants have tested negative for COVID-19 prior to the event, are quarantined for the duration of the event, are temperature-checked and monitored for symptoms daily, and are tested again for COVID-19 at the end of the event

Beginning Friday, May 29

  • Outdoor areas of zoos that operate at up to 25% of the normal operating limits as determined by the zoo owner

Beginning Sunday, May 31

  • Professional basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, football, and car racing events, with no spectators physically present on the premises of the venue, as approved on a league-by-league basis
  • Youth camps
  • Practices for youth sports programs, provided, however, that games and similar competitions may not begin until June 15

Beginning Monday, June 1

  • Public school districts may offer on-campus summer school programs
  • Private schools and institutions of higher education may reopen campuses

 

PHASE 1 – EXECUTIVE ORDER

Governor Greg Abbott has released new Executive Orders about the reopening of Texas.  The Report is in sections, and each can be viewed by clicking the links below.

DDI continues to work with a variety of governmental and private stakeholders to ensure Downtown Dallas is a model for COVID response and recovery. If you own or operate a business in Downtown and have questions, or if DDI can support you, please let us know.

Churches and Places of Worship

Employers

Individuals

Movie Theater Customers

Movie Theaters

Museum and Library Visitors

Museums and Libraries

Outdoor Sports Participants

Restaurant Customers

Restaurants

Retail Customers

Retailers

Single-Person Offices

Click here to read the full report.

 

OPEN TEXAS CHECKLISTS

Additional details on reopenings and guidelines can be found at https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas.

Temporary Pop-up Patio Program

Downtown Dallas, Inc., in partnership with the City of Dallas, has developed a program that may be helpful to local businesses during these challenging times. As social distancing requirements are changing the manner in which merchants conduct business, the need for additional use of outdoor spaces adjacent to their location may be helpful on a temporary basis. With that in mind, the City has created a new temporary pop-up patio (parklet) program that will be permitted through the Office of Special Events https://www.dallasspecialevents.com/temp-parklet/, and DDI is here to help you through the entire process.

The below .pdf will further explain the program and ways in which DDI can support businesses. If you are a business or know of one interested in participating, please reach out directly to Juan Galvan at galvan@downtowndallas.com.

DDI Pop-up Patio Program Informational PDF

DDI will provide the following support:

  1. Design and permit help
  2. Payment of permit fees (OSE) on your behalf
  3. Loaning of furniture and traffic control devices