Do the Most Good: Give to Charities, Not to Panhandlers

Downtown Dallas’s volunteer resident group has created this flyer to educate the public on the benefits of giving to local charities instead of panhandlers. Giving to local charities also stretches your dollar further. Check it out and see how you can do the most good!

#ILoveMyDTD Giveaway

We’re asking our 116K+ fellow DDI Instagram followers to pen digital “Love Letters” to Downtown telling us what you absolutely adore about Downtown Dallas for a chance to win $100 in gift cards to local Downtown Dallas businesses. One winner will be chosen each Thursday beginning September 24th.

GIVEAWAY RULES:

  • Love letter must be in Instagram caption only (not comments)
  • Must solely share content that is related to the campaign. 
  • Must refrain from using profanity or harmful language that would diminish the DDI brand.
  • Must tag @downtown_dallas & #iLoveMyDTD
  • One (1) winner will be chosen each week

* Submissions may be used for various marketing materials (i.e. print, on banners, window wraps, campaigns, etc.)

TIMELINE

  • Giveaway will launch every Friday
  • Winner will be announced each Thursday after giveaway start date
  • Giveaway will run through October 30.

EXAMPLES

Tell us what you love about Downtown!
 

Video/Image
Your favorite park
A sentimental place
Hotels
Favorite business or place to shop
Hidden gems
Favorite restaurants or bars
Museums
Places to take your furry friends
Architecture
Favorite district: ie. Main Street District, Dallas Farmers Market, West End, East Quarter, Dallas Arts District.

UPDATED: Dallas Police to conduct special initiative to enforce juvenile curfew, crack down on street racers with support from Downtown business partners

Update as of September 11, 2020:

Thank you to the City of Dallas, Dallas PD, and DART PD for collaborating with Downtown business partners to activate an enhanced enforcement initiative to enforce the juvenile curfew and provide additional manpower to curtail speeding and street racing in Downtown and surrounding entertainment districts.

DPD began enforcing the juvenile curfew ordinance Labor Day weekend, and enforcement of the order will continue for the next several weeks covering Deep Ellum, West End, Farmers Market, Uptown, Victory Park, and the Central Business District.

The ordinance applies to juveniles under the age of 17 who are in a public place in the curfew area from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Sunday. Some highlights from the citywide Labor Day weekend efforts included\ the temporary removal of scooters, 12 towed vehicles and 1 stolen vehicle recovered and 141 traffic and 182 spectator citations related to street racing. This initiative will continue this weekend and remember, if you see something, say something!

September 4, 2020: The Dallas Police Department (DPD) is collaborating with the City of Dallas’ Downtown business partners to take a proactive approach to ensure all residents and business owners are safe by conducting a special initiative to enforce the juvenile curfew and providing additional manpower to curtail speeding and street racing.

DPD will begin enforcing the juvenile curfew ordinance on Friday, September 4, 2020. Enforcement of the order will be in place for the next three weeks covering Deep Ellum, West End, Farmers Market, Uptown, Victory Park, and the Central Business District.

The ordinance applies to juveniles under the age of 17 who are in a public place in the curfew area from 12:01 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Enhanced Services from Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) continues to observe, listen, and respond to the needs and concerns of Downtown. The below highlights are enhancements to DDI services that have already been implemented or will be implemented next week.

PUBLIC SAFETY + HOMELESS OUTREACH

  • Daily hours for the Downtown Safety Patrol are from 6:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. DDI is providing additional security coverage at Main Street Garden, Belo Garden, and Pegasus Plaza from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at each location (168 hours of weekly additional security presence).
  • There is now a dedicated off-duty DPD officer at Main Street Garden daily (four-hour shifts / 28 hours per week).  Also, DDI is providing additional DPD patrols and resources weekly in Downtown.  As a reminder, DDI already funds off-duty DPD officers seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • City of Dallas Park Department has increased their deployment of Park Rangers to provide additional patrols throughout Downtown parks.
  • Safety Patrol is adding 18 new full-time security professionals.
  • Homeless Outreach Team has grown to three members (Manager, Coordinator, and Street Outreach Specialist). This team dedicates over 80 hours a week to meaningful engagements with individuals experiencing homelessness. Within the last 45 – 60 days, DDI’s outreach team has successfully connected 17 individuals experiencing homelessness to long-term service recovery programs.
  • We have launched the Homeless Fellowship Program by hiring an individual who is sheltered at The Bridge Transitional Unit as an independent contractor to join the DDI Street Outreach Team during engagements with shelter-resistant individuals.
  • DDI continues to work with the City, surrounding neighborhoods, and scooter operators to address concerns related to scooter operations throughout the area. DDI is hopeful that additional information regarding scooter operations will be communicated next week.

CLEANING + MAINTENANCE

  • Daily hours for the Clean Team are 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Clean Team has added three new full-time positions.
  • Clean Team continues to provide sanitization of high-touch items in the public space and parks such as tables, benches, playgrounds, and trash receptacles.
  • DDI is providing funding to double the frequency of our power washing contractors’ efforts, and will be purchasing additional power washing equipment for Clean Team to begin utilizing on an on-call basis starting in September. As a reminder, DDI already provides over 250,000 square feet of power washing each month; this enhancement will ensure roughly 500,000 square feet of sidewalks are washed monthly. Pressure washing services are provided throughout Downtown with a focus on pedestrian corridors. Additionally, Clean Team will begin daily washing of hot spots as needed.
  • DDI has purchased and is installing 16 park rules signs that are being deployed to Pacific Plaza, Main Street Garden, Pegasus Plaza, and Belo Garden. Expect to see increased enforcement of park rules.

These are just a few of the enhanced services you will see from DDI immediately. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming plans and enhanced programs next week! As always, report issues as you see them right from your phone on the See Say Now app, available on Android and iPhone. You can also reach dispatch at 214.741.1151. Have ideas or feedback? Email us at info@downtowndallas.com.

Guest Blog from Parks for Downtown Dallas: Interactive Water Table in West End Square Will Change Modes Based on Dallas Weather

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What was once a parking lot in the West End Historic District will soon be home to the second of our four priority parks: West End Square. The site is bound by North Market, Corbin and North Record streets, as well as the previous Spaghetti Warehouse building, placing it front-and-center in a truly iconic part of the city.

For James Corner Field Operations (JCFO), the landscape architecture firm leading the project, balancing that rich history with a cutting-edge park became a top priority early in the design process. The firm has designed a flexible public space that uses technologies to support park maintenance and operations, reinforcing the West End’s emerging identity as Dallas’ Innovation District.

Among the amenities, which include an outdoor workroom, prairie gardens, porch swings and game tables, will be a standout water feature unlike anything JCFO has designed before. Known as the Water Table, this feature will measure roughly 20 feet by 11 feet and will be made of Mesabi Black granite—but the basic specs are just the beginning. What really makes this feature one-of-a-kind is its dynamic modes of operation, each corresponding to a different weather pattern.

“The weather in Dallas can be quite dramatic with very still days, framed by the warm glow of the Texan sun, to dramatic storms and very dry, hot days,” says Isabel Castilla, JCFO’s Principal-in-Charge for the project. “We wanted to design a feature that would enhance the visitor’s experience by providing a unique and changing experience as people visit the project during different times of the day and across the seasons.”

To keep up with the forecast, the Table will have three distinct modes. On calm days, it will serve as a reflecting pool; on windy days, it will have bubblers; and on particularly hot days, it will create a cloud mist with potable water for cooling. The decisions about which modes to use were not made lightly. When planning, JCFO felt it was important to take in the larger surroundings and how they could be best framed through the use of the Water Table.

“We worked closely with GPSI, the water feature engineers, to arrive at a number of effects that would visibly interact with the weather, and by doing so, make visitors aware of their immediate environment,” she explains. “For example, a reflecting pool for still days would frame the sky and large canopy trees above.”

But what makes this feature technologically exciting is that it can toggle through its three modes automatically, as well as be controlled remotely, thanks to weather sensors built into the design. In other words, when the wind picks up in the area, anemometers can detect the breeze and immediately trigger the bubblers.

Though the feature was uniquely designed for West End Square, New-York-City-based JCFO did pull inspiration from popular past projects, including a potable water mist at Brooklyn’s Domino Park and a sundeck water amenity at New York City’s High Line.

The Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) Foundation made a $300,000 gift to ensure that this park element becomes a reality. “The DDI Foundation is pleased to make its very first grant to Parks for Downtown Dallas and West End Square. This water feature will make this public space both unique and welcoming to everyone living, visiting and working in Downtown” says Kourtny Garrett, CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Construction for West End Square, which kicked off at the beginning of this year, is slated for completion in early 2021. Once finished, it will mark the end of an almost 20-year process, beginning when the area was first identified as a priority park site by the 2004 Downtown Parks Master Plan.

Which of the three Water Table modes are you most excited to experience firsthand? Share your thoughts with us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Live Like a Local: Best Patios / Rooftops in Downtown Dallas 

By Downtown Dallas, Inc. 

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Downtown Dallas is filled with exciting things to do and experience, but one of the best parts is being able to enjoy the outdoors, and more importantly, the incredible views. That’s why we created a list of our top patios and rooftops as the go-to resource for all things in and around Downtown. These spots are observing COVID-19 precautions such as cleaning and sanitizing, social distancing practices, and staff wearing masks. We invite you to Live Like a Local and take in all Downtown has to offer by exploring some of the best patios and rooftops in town. 

 

Dallas Farmers Market 

This artisanal vendor market has four anchor restaurants, a mixture of local specialty foods, artisanal food vendors, and seating areas both inside and out where you can grab a bite to eat or enjoy a cup of coffee while taking in a view of the Dallas skyline or observing the market-goers.

https://dallasfarmersmarket.org/

 

Savor Gastropub

This patio is one of the only in the area that immerses diners in greenspace. Relax with friends and family under its expansive, covered park-side patio tables while enjoying a nice meal.

https://savorinklydewarrenpark.com/

 

Sky Blossom

This is an incredible rooftop bistro and bar in Downtown Dallas! It is unique in that it is a quick-serve establishment during the day and offers a fine dining/lounge experience by night. Take in the views from the patio, which has additional seating for those who prefer to sit outdoors. 

https://www.skyblossombistro.com/

 

Green Door Public House 

This is the only free standing restaurant in the Farmer’s Market, conveniently located a few short blocks from the heart of Downtown and Deep Ellum, and highlighted by a 1,200 sq. ft. shaded patio with great views of Downtown! 

http://greendoordallas.com/

 

Jaxon

Enjoy elevated classic Southern dishes inspired by Texas cuisine and one of their 40 in-house tap beers with your meal, while sitting 6ft apart from others on Jaxon’s incredible patio! 

https://jaxonbeergarden.com/

 

Waterproof

This is one of Downtown Dallas’ most unique spots. During the day enjoy a meal on the patio or poolside, but as the sun goes down, exchange swimsuits for your trendy attire and enjoy the energetic nightlife experience!

https://www.waterproofdallas.com/ 

 

Royal Blue Grocery / Dallas Arts District

Royal Blue is an urban market with a cute outdoor seating area. From coffee and freshly prepared grab-and-go offerings, to conventional grocery and convenience items, Royal Blue Grocery is your one-stop-shop and a great place to grab a quick bite to enjoy on their outdoor patio.

https://www.royalbluegrocery.com/locations/dallas-arts-district

 

3 Eleven Kitchen and Cocktails

Farm-to-table is what 3 Eleven Kitchen does best. Located in the West End district, it has a great vibe and plenty of wonderful cocktail selections. The contemporary American restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating, serving brunch, lunch, and dinner.

https://3elevendallas.com/

 

Harwood Tavern

Walk down South Harwood street and you will notice a blue lit tree pinpointing this moody gastropub. With patio seating to lay back and sip on the beautifully crafted cocktails, this is the perfect spot for a karaoke night. 

http://harwoodtaverndallas.com/

 

CBD Provisions

Cocktails, food, and an incredible view. CBD has now opened their private terrace at the Joule to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 5-10 p.m. Enjoy rooftop views of Main Street while still social distancing between you and the next table.

http://cbdprovisions.com/

 

Queso Beso

This Tex-Mex restaurant is perfect for a casual lunch or dinner. The colorful layout includes a ground floor, glass-enclosed patio with TVs, a private event space, and open-air terrace upstairs. You’ll show up for the queso and stay for the drinks! 

(temporarily closed, check website for details)

http://quesobeso.com/

 

Frankie’s Downtown

This two-story sports bar offers upmarket pub grub, happy hours, numerous craft beers on tap, and many TVs. Come hang out on their patio to enjoy some delicious food and great drink options! They also have happy hours every Tuesday… how could you resist?!

https://frankiesbar.com/

 

Don’t see your favorite place to enjoy a nice outdoor meal?  Let us know (info@downtowndallas.com).

 

Surrounding Dallas neighborhoods for more options – 

For a full list of Downtown patios and rooftops, visit our website.

 

Live Like a Local: Best Pizza in Downtown Dallas

By Downtown Dallas, Inc. 
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Downtown Dallas is full of great restaurants, coffee shops, places to satisfy your sweet tooth, and so much more! Navigating the city and finding the best stops can be overwhelming, so we created a list of our all-time favorites to provide you with a go-to resource for all things in and around Downtown. We hope to give you the experience of Living Like a Local as you explore some of our favorite local pizza restaurants in Downtown. 
Tutta’s

From the fresh ingredients and tasty food coming out of the kitchen, to the local art on the walls, and the live music coming from the stage… there’s something for everyone at this lively spot. This restaurant offers a fun atmosphere to sit and enjoy a delicious meal, and don’t forget to try one of their signature smoked meat pizzas while there! Currently takeout and delivery are options, and they are hopeful to reopen for dine-in soon! 

https://tuttaspizza.com/

 

Americano 

A vibrant, casual Italian restaurant with the prime location on Main Street, within the beautiful Joule Hotel. The restaurants’ 1960’s Italian cinema-inspired decor brings a whimsical vibe to the atmosphere. They have incredible Neapolitan-style pizzas, but the menu has so much more to offer. Currently, they are only offering takeout options, but hope to open soon for dining in!  (Temporarily closed, check website for opening information).

http://americanodallas.com/

 

Partenope 

This is Dallas’s very first authentic Southern Italian restaurant, and it definitely lives up to the hype! It is well worth the trip for the delicious bites, chic vibe, and smiling service. There is no question that their award-winning Neapolitan style pies deserve the recognition. Make a reservation or stop by to dine in, or enjoy it from your home with takeout and delivery options!

https://www.partenopedallas.com/

 

400 Gradi

Serves award-winning, traditional Italian cuisine that is locally sourced with specialty items imported from Italy. You can indulge in their phenomenal thin crust pizza for lunch or dinner seven days a week or stop by for late-night drinks on Fridays and Saturdays. Options to dine in or takeout are both available!

https://400gradi.com/

 

Bella Trino

This pizzeria is a must-eat spot located at the Dallas Farmers Market! With their fresh ingredients, great crust, and selection of toppings, this is a stop you won’t want to miss. Dining in is not available, but you can grab it and go or there are a number of delivery options to choose from, such as DoorDash, UberEats, etc.

https://www.bellatrinopizzeria.com/

 

Carmine’s

This well-known pizzeria is located in the heart of Downtown Dallas. They serve a wide variety of authentic New York-style food items on their menu. They are known to have “The best New York Pizza in North Texas”, so don’t miss out on this delicious and affordable dining experience! Available for dining in, takeout, and delivery.

https://www.carminespizzadallas.com/

 

SFERECO

This newly opened restaurant is located in the Statler Hotel in Downtown. Be one of the first to try out this tasty Italian restaurant with a great environment. Walk in or make a reservation to enjoy some great pizza that can even have a healthy twist by substituting cauliflower crust! Delivery and pickup options are available as well.

https://sfereco.com/

 

Ravenna

Located in the Main Street District, this modern Italian restaurant serves a range of classic entrees from their award-winning menu, plus pizza by the slice & cocktails.  They are now open for dine-in seating and available on DoorDash. 

https://www.ravennadallas.com/

 

Porta Di Roma

Their authentic Italian cuisine will make you feel like you’re in Rome! Ranked 3rd for the “Best Italian Restaurants” in Downtown Dallas, Porta Di Roma’s menu features award-winning pizzas and more. Visit and dine in or pick up an order. Also available on Postmates and DoorDash. 

https://portadiromarestaurant.com/ 

 

Campisi’s

This long-standing family-owned chain is located right in the heart of Downtown on Elm St. Campisi’s Restaurants has been serving iconic, award-winning pizzas and family Italian dishes since 1946. All locations are now open at 50% capacity for in-restaurant dining and will accept online and phone reservations!

https://www.campisis.us/

 

Don’t see your favorite stop for some great pizza?  Let us know (info@downtowndallas.com).

 

Surrounding Dallas neighborhoods for more options – 

For a full list of Downtown pizza restaurants, visit our website.

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.