DDI President Kourtny Garrett Talks the Future of Downtown!

What’s new, Downtown?! Join Bisnow and our expert panelists as we discuss the hottest redevelopment projects, new developments, and everything in between. We’ll also tackle Downtown’s emerging tech scene, transportation, and the impact of Klyde Warren Park on Downtown redevelopment!

As always, come early to enjoy a great breakfast and plenty of networking time with friends and colleagues. We’ll see you there!

More info and tickets here: https://www.bisnow.com/dallas-ft-worth/events/other/Future-of-Downtown-438

Where to eat in Dallas right now: 10 best new Downtown restaurants for lunch

Full article here.

For those who like to meet for lunch in downtown Dallas, things have never been better. And by “better,” we mean new places, opening all around the central core. You’ll always have your classics like the Zodiac at Neiman Marcus, but if you’re hungry for what’s brand new, here’s the list.

Black Ship/Little Katana
A sibling to the Little Katanas on Travis Street and at Galleria Dallas, the Omni location is the new project of LK Concepts and Dallas businessman Odes Kim. In addition to tuna towers and mega sushi plates served on ornately carved wooden boats, the menu features Japanese, Korean, and American touches on dishes such as miso-glazed sea bass and Wagyu New York strip steak.

Cafe Izmir
The just-opened downtown location of this Greenville Avenue favorite has its classic items, including the hummus of which it is very proud, plus some new offerings. Diners can get “bowls” with a protein, choice of saffron rice or salad, and a side of vegetables. It also offers baked flatbreads and pide (pies), an arugula salad, Izmir house fries, doner (thinly shaved lamb and beef), and many sandwich options.

Coal Vines
Latest branch of this local chain from colorful restaurateur Joseph Palladino hits the lunch market hard. At dinner, it follows the pattern of its siblings in Uptown Dallas, Addison, Plano, and Southlake, with wine service and a sit-down experience. But at lunch, it goes fast-casual, emphasis on fast, serving pastas and $8 personal pizzas in basic flavors such as pepperoni, in a few minutes.

Grill & Vine
Open at the newly renovated Westin Dallas Downtown, Grill & Vine does an updated reinterpretation of the classic bar and grill, with a tavern design, following the example set by the first Grill & Vine, which debuted in the Bay Area in 2013. The tavern-style launch menu includes the specialty, smoked brisket eggs Benedict, plus pulled pork on brioche sliders, deviled eggs, sweet potato bisque, steel-cut Irish oats, and a Caesar made with kale.

One of Dallas’ favored Mexican restaurants celebrates its downtown debut in mid-March with a menu that includes Tex-Mex staples along with new, more upscale Mexican items. Think seafood, including ceviche and fish tacos. There’ll be a full bar, so that means margaritas. (There’s another Herrera’s by a different family member on Sylvan Avenue.)

Latin Deli
Second branch of the charming Lakewood-adjacent restaurant sits across from the JFK Memorial, near El Centro College, where it serves dishes from Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela. The sandwiches are winners, especially the Cuban sandwich, a trademark item. There’s coffee and breakfast tacos in the morning, as well as beautiful, house-made cupcakes in unique options such as tres leches and sweet corn, which you can feel free to eat any time you like.

NOLA Brasserie
Upscale but casual, featuring a blend of American and Creole favorites, NOLA is a unique concept in Dallas, as most restaurants with New Orleans cuisine are lower-scale concepts offering po’ boys and fried fish. The menu includes fried oysters with coleslaw and hush puppies, and gumbo with rice. In the ’60s, this location was home to the only Dallas branch of Brennan’s, the famed Creole restaurant in New Orleans’ French Quarter.

Purple Onion
Modest home-cooking restaurant moved from Irving Boulevard into a space at Field and Main streets that was previously the Original Italian Cafe. The menu includes P.O. signatures such as chicken-fried steak, chicken and dumplings, and pot roast, plus a huge salad bar and pizza by the slice.

Spice in the City
Get health-conscious to-go food at lunch and dinner with Indian, Pakistani, and Malaysian spices and flavors at this canteen located in the former Fuse kitchen at the Dallas Power & Lighting building. Sample dishes might include grass-fed steak saag gosht, a Pakistani dish, atop a cashew and raisin pulao (spicy rice). They’ll open in the lobby and poolside patio space in June.

Tutta’s Pizza
Former food truck concept makes the big step to a real-live restaurant, in Dallas’ upwardly trending West End. It occupies the location that used to be Dick’s Last Resort, a large space with an enviable patio, where it serves pizzas and sandwiches such as the Italian Hot Date with pepperoni, spicy calabrese, ham, bacon, spinach, and tomatoes on house-baked bread, served with house-made chips.



Dallas Wings Head Coach Fred Williams and Guard Erin Phillips to Participate

For Release:  Immediate

DALLAS (March 8, 2016) – Basketball season is winding down and that means that March Madness will soon be upon us.  To celebrate the sport of basketball and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Dallas Regional, we would like to invite basketball fans to show your love for the game on Dallas Dribbles to Work Day on March 14 at Klyde Warren Park from 11:30am-1:00pm.

Fans can come to Klyde Warren Park to participate in the Dribble and shoot a video in the park to be posted on their favorite social media platforms.  Head Coach Fred Williams of the WNBA’s Dallas Wings and guard Erin Phillips will be at Klyde Warren Park and will join people in their videos.  Tickets will be given away to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Dallas Regional and a deejay will provide entertainment.  Fans can also stay for lunch and visit one of the famous food trucks.

Dallas will be hosting the NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional at the American Airlines Center on March 26 & 28, the prelude to the 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four that will be played in Dallas.

For fans who can’t make it to Klyde Warren Park, it’s really easy for you to participate in Dallas Dribbles to Work Day.  All you need to do is to have a short video taken of yourself dribbling a basketball either at work or just about anywhere you’d like to do it.  Then post the video on your favorite social media platforms with the hashtags #WFinalFourDribble and #DallasBIGWins.  It’s as simple as that!

Join us on March 14 at Klyde Warren Park or post your own video.  Let’s show the basketball world that Dallas loves its hoops! Go to www.ncaadallasregional.com for more information.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. Announces Kourtny Garrett as President

Leadership transition announced at today’s Annual Meeting & Luncheon

March 7, 2016 – At today’s Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) Annual Meeting & Luncheon, CEO John F. Crawford, formerly serving as President and CEO, announced a leadership transition plan naming Kourtny Garrett as President, effective immediately.

The plan calls for Crawford to remain CEO of DDI until January 1, 2017, at which point Garrett will also assume the CEO position. Crawford will become Vice Chairman of DDI and continue on the Executive Committee.  The transition plan was approved unanimously by the DDI Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

“When I accepted the position as President & CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc. in 2007, I committed to several key goals for the organization, increasing our membership and outreach, making DDI financially secure, creating a leadership team second to none, and positioning the-then-50-year-old organization to take on the next 50 years,” Crawford stated at the luncheon. “Most recently, this mission has included working with our Executive Committee to create a leadership transition plan.”

The plan has taken several considerations into account, particularly timing and the right process to identify DDI’s next leader who will follow Crawford after a decade in the position.  Crawford assumed the role in 2007 after serving as the organization’s Chairman of the Board. His 35 year history in real estate, economic development, and Dallas civic and business leadership is seasoned and highly regarded, including activity in the greater Downtown Dallas area that dates back to the development of CityPlace and Bank of America Plaza and serving as Board Chair for organizations like the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, and Greater Dallas Planning Council.

“Downtown is not the place it was 50 or even 5 years ago – nor is this organization. Our strong business foundation is now complemented by a complete urban environment filled with residents, parks, restaurants, entertainment, and culture. Dogs are walked; families are raised; and innovation is born. This is the Downtown Dallas of the future. And we have determined that Kourtny is the right leader to move us into the next era.”

Garrett, who has served in many roles with DDI over the last 13 years, most recently was named Executive Vice President in 2012. “I take this job very personally,” says Garrett. “I’ve been a city-girl since before I even knew what that meant, and I’ve often said that my passion for Dallas – why I’ve stayed here in an otherwise nomadic industry of city-building – is the opportunity inherent in our culture to give anyone a chance to be a part of what shapes it.”

Garrett’s career spans 15 years in the development of livable communities. She has forged millions of dollars’ worth of public-private partnerships, led DDI’s advocacy, policy, urban planning, marketing, and place-making initiatives, and currently spends a significant amount of time leading the Downtown Dallas 360 plan and DDI’s education agenda.  Jim Greer, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Oncor and DDI’s current Chair of the Board, commented, “From producing some of Downtown’s most notable events, to advancing some of DDI’s most complex urban policy platforms, Kourtny brings an unparalleled breadth, depth, and skillset to this position.”

Garrett is also involved in advancing urban policy at federal and international levels through work with the International Downtown Association, in which she has served in several Board and committee roles, and the German Marshall Fund as a Marshall Memorial Fellow.

Locally, Garrett currently serves on the AIA Dallas, MATA, Dallas Heritage Village, and Dallas Arts District Boards, as well as the Dallas Arts District Infrastructure Committee. She has formerly been a Board member of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, Friends of the Santa Fe Trail, Dallas Film Commission Advisory Committee, and City of Dallas Marketing Task Force. She is a 2009 Leadership Dallas graduate and also in 2009 was named to the Dallas Business Journal’s list of “40 Under Forty”.

Prior to DDI, Kourtny gained experience on the development and general management team at Southlake Town Square, and directing community relations initiatives for Children’s Health.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors from Austin College and is nearing completion of an MA in Urban Affairs from UTA.

“I’m grateful to John, our Executive Committee, and Board for their support and confidence, and to our phenomenal team who keeps me excited and inspired every day. Over the years, so much of our success is due to partnerships, and I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of a community of organizations and individuals working toward the betterment of Dallas,” Garrett said in closing.


About Downtown Dallas, Inc.
Downtown Dallas, Inc. is the primary advocate, champion and steward for Downtown, effecting change by developing  strategies, setting targets and mobilizing resources that:

  • ·         Stimulate a vibrant and sustainable Downtown environment
  • ·         Improve infrastructure
  • ·         Enhance economic competitiveness
  • ·         Create a culturally inclusive urban center
  • ·         Position the area as a global destination

Our program areas include:  public safety; capital improvements; maintenance; economic development; public policy; planning/transportation; and marketing. For more information, visit www.downtowndallas.com


Kourtny Garrett Biography

John Crawford Biography



Calling all artists – create a submission for Art for Dumpsters competition! Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s a really neat idea spotlighting recycling. Chosen artists will paint dumpsters live at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival.

Full info here.

Sanitation Services is accepting applications from artists and teams to compete in the Art for Dumpsters project, to be held Saturday April 2 during the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. The family-friendly event will include food trucks, music and interactive environmental education. Visitors will also be able to see the artists in action.

Selected artists will paint dumpsters and the final works will be exhibited on recycling containers throughout the city. The Best in Show award will be displayed as a wrap on a City of Dallas collections truck.

Artwork must reflect a message that communicates the benefits of recycling and being environmentally friendly and incorporates Dallas into the theme. Artists are encouraged to enter solo or as a team (maximum of five members). The goal is to provide a creative message about recycling and how it effects the environment and to increase awareness of the City’s Recycling Drop-Off Sites.

For details on how to enter, click CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Final

The revamped recycling dumpsters will be placed in high profile areas to make the surrounding neighborhood more aware of recycling and to engage people in recycling at the site.

For more information on Art for Dumpsters click Art for Dumpsters overview – FINAL