Get To Know: Frankie’s Downtown

Right on Main Street, Dallas’ hot new hangout is the place to go for handcrafted cocktails and home-cooked food, but also the place the community calls Downtown’s living room.


Frankie’s Downtown is more than what meets the eye. When you first walk in, you’ll be greeted by the aroma of their all-original, house-made, fresh menu items; from their Artisan Pizzas to the Panko Crusted Pesto Salmon. The intimate rustic décor and dimly-lit setting is perfect for getting together with friends or a romantic date night. Then as you walk down the stairs, “The Underground” comes to life.


The Underground provides guests with a speakeasy-style environment with live music and a chance to get away and unwind. The Underground lounge has a full bar, billiards, darts, and TVs for those keeping up with the games. The lounge is also a great spot to host private events!




Now let’s talk about their extensive bar. Frankie’s Downtown loves being a part of the Dallas culture and is truly the real neighborhood hangout. With 20 Texas craft beers on tap and an expansive selection of fresh, handcrafted cocktails, Frankie’s has a little something for everyone. Featuring 44 HD big-screen televisions with all major DirecTV sports packages, the upper-level is perfect for watching sporting events, grabbing dinner and drinks with the family, or simply just hanging out with your crew. Not to mention, Frankie’s has a killer weekend brunch (MIMOSAS)! The lower-level lounge is where you sip on liquor while listening to live, local artists.

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From loaded fries to Parmesan crusted zucchini paddles with spicy tomato sauce and cracked pepper aioli, Frankie’s can satisfy any craving. Frankie’s offers weekly lunch specials, brunch, dinner, and weekend late night menu munchies until 2 am. In Dallas, brunch is a weekly must and Frankie’s was voted DFW’s Best Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar… Need we say more?


If you’re in the Downtown area and need a chill spot with mouth-watering food and luscious cocktails, stroll into Frankie’s! They also offer take-out and order ahead options for easy pick-up.


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For more information on Frankie’s Downtown, visit


For more information on all things to eat, see, and do Downtown, visit And for a comprehensive list of Downtown events, visit


Frankie’s Downtown is located at:

1303 Main Street

Dallas, Texas 75202










DDI’s VP of Public Safety Named to IDA Safety & Security Council


The International Downtown Association (IDA) has named Martin Cramer, our VP of Public Safety, chair of their Safety & Security Council as part of IDA’s Top Issues Councils.  Mr. Cramer will share his time and expertise to further industry knowledge on this topic.  Just this week, Mr. Cramer was in Long Beach at IDA’s West Coast Urban District Forum to talk about experiences and best practices related to the July 7th tragedy in Dallas.  Congratulations, Martin!

Best Real Estate Deals’ Lifetime Achievement winner has record of service

Click here to read the article in Dallas Business Journal.

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This year, the Dallas Business Journal is pleased to honor John F. Crawford of Downtown Dallas, Inc. with a Lifetime Achievement Award, especially endowed with the title of “Public Service Award.” Crawford’s undeniable, palpable impact on the city of Dallas and the efforts he’s made to unite the area through his work led this year’s judges to create the “Public Service Award” distinction.

Crawford’s knowhow and positive attitude – he often espouses the saying, “The best is yet to come” – has led to a revitalization of Downtown Dallas with renewed efforts surrounding public safety, intentional branding and economic development.

In the past decade, Crawford has worked alongside the Mayor of Dallas and the Dallas Regional Chamber to coordinate corporate relocation and retention efforts, in addition to assisting in the facilitation of public-private partnerships and promoting residential, retail, and entertainment development.

Under his tenure at Downtown Dallas, Main Street Garden, Klyde Warren Park, and Belo Garden have opened, among other notable projects.

We look forward to honoring Crawford at this year’s awards event on April 20 at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.

2017 Matching Grant Program – Request for Proposals

Important Documents:

Matching Grant RFP

Matching Grant Application

Matching Grant Budget Summary Worksheet


Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is a private, non-profit organization funded through voluntary membership dues, assessment revenue from the Downtown Improvement District (DID), and contracts with the City of Dallas for specific projects and programs.

The Dallas Downtown Improvement District (DID) was created by DDI in June of 1992 to fund important supplemental services and visible improvements to our city center.  In 2001, 2005, and 2013, the DID was voted by property owners to be renewed, and has since embarked upon additional initiatives to make Downtown Dallas clean, safe, and fun for the entire community.  The DID has been renewed through 2020.

As part of the approved capital improvements program in the 2017 DID budget, DDI is soliciting proposals for projects to improve public spaces throughout Downtown.  If selected, proposed projects will receive a matching grant reimbursement from DDI in an amount up to $25,000.

The 2016 Capital Grant Matching Program was a success, supporting several beautification and enhancement projects within the public realm of Downtown.  Examples include sidewalk repairs and building entrance improvements at 1555 Elm Street and tree grate repairs near Bank of America Plaza.

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General Information

DDI is seeking proposals for projects that will enhance the appearance, safety, and functional quality of public spaces throughout Downtown.  Projects should address the “transformative strategies” found in Chapter 6 (“Implementation”) of the 2011 Downtown Dallas 360 plan, a City Council-adopted policy document that guides future development and investment in Downtown; access the plan at  Projects must demonstrate public benefit and must result in tangible, permanent improvements.  The following project types will qualify for the 2017 Matching Grant Program:

  • Security Project: the project will improve public security, help deter crime, and enhance the perception of public safety
  • Pedestrian Enhancement Project: the project will increase pedestrian safety and comfort in the public right-of-way
  • Appearance Project: the project will improve the outward appearance of a building or public space

All proposed projects must occur within the DID boundaries.

All proposed projects must be planned, constructed, and completed by the applicant.  DDI is not responsible for the completion of any proposed projects awarded matching grant funds.

If all or part of the proposed project is to be constructed on private property, the applicant must have the signed approval of the owner or owner’s agent or specific evidence that such approval has been granted prior to the award of grant funds.  Projects on public property may be submitted without formal approval of the relevant public agency, but the potential of obtaining such approval will be considered by DDI.

All applicants will be required to indemnify DDI and the City of Dallas against all claims.  In addition, liability insurance for the applicant, landlord, and contractors (as appropriate) will be required for proposed construction projects.  A Certificate of Liability Insurance must be submitted to DDI listing DDI and the City of Dallas as additional insured entities prior to the disbursement of grant funds.

DDI is committed to meeting the City of Dallas Good Faith Effort Plan, in which qualified minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) are involved, to the greatest extent possible, in construction or professional services contracts.  Project proposals should strive to include up to 25 percent participation from certified M/WBEs in the City of Dallas.  Upon request, DDI will supply a list of certified M/WBE contractors to those applicants wanting to meet the Good Faith Effort Plan.

DDI will accept multiple proposals per year from each qualified applicant.  However, the grand total of grant funding an applicant can receive each year will be no more than $25,000.

Design Requirements

Proposed projects must be consistent with the design guidelines found in Chapter 4 (“Transformative Strategies”) of the Downtown Dallas 360 plan.  Before commencing construction, projects may be required to undergo a design review with the City of Dallas and DDI.

Compliance with Laws and Regulations

 Proposed projects should comply with all federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations.  The applicant shall obtain all required local, state, and federal permits prior to commencing construction.  DDI is not responsible for obtaining any required permits for the proposed project.

Grant Awards

Grant funds provided by DDI will be less than or equal to 50 percent of all costs related to the proposed project, including actual costs of supplies, materials, construction, labor, and associated taxes.  Grant awards will range from $1,000 to $25,000 per project.  DDI reserves the right to modify grant award amounts to meet program budget requirements; therefore, applicants may be offered an amount less than 50 percent of total project costs.

Projects must be completed no later than six months after the execution of the Grant Fulfillment Agreement.  Projects judged to have been substantially complete before January 1 will not be considered.

Once the project has been completed, and the applicant has submitted all required documentation, DDI will reimburse the applicant with its mutually-agreed upon share of grant funds.

Application Requirements

To be considered for an award, applicants must complete the application form, limiting responses to the space provided, except where additional materials are specifically requested.  Complete proposals must contain all information and materials requested in the Proposal Contents Checklist (see below).  Incomplete proposals will not be considered.  Proposals will be reviewed for required documentation upon submittal; it is recommended that each proposal be submitted prior to the deadline to ensure that it is complete and will be accepted.

Proposals for the 2017 Matching Grants Program must be submitted by March 24, 2017.

Proposals must be emailed (preferred) to or sent to:

Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Attn: Jacob Browning, Urban Planning Manager

Bank of America Plaza

901 Main Street, Suite 7100

Dallas, Texas 75202

Proposal Contents Checklist

  • Complete 2017 Matching Grants Program Application
  • Map of proposed project location
  • Signed approval from the owner (or agent) of property upon which the project will be constructed (if applicable)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Budget Summary (to include job estimates or quotes, if available)
  • Copies of acquired permits and/or approvals (if applicable)
  • Color photographs of the project area
  • Schematic drawings of proposed project

Approval Process

All proposals will be submitted to the DDI Capital Improvements Committee for review and final approval of grant award recipients.  No Committee member with a vested interest in a proposal will be allowed to participate in discussions or votes concerning that proposal.

The Capital Improvements Committee will review all qualified proposals and make a final decision regarding grant recipients within one month of the application deadline.  The Capital Improvements Committee reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or to approve only a portion of the requested funds.

Finalizing the Grant

Following grant approval, individual grant awards are considered pending until the applicant and DDI sign a Grant Fulfillment Agreement.  The Agreement will describe the project, the project budget, and the amount of funding awarded by DDI.  Upon execution of the Agreement, the grant is considered finalized and grant funds may be distributed based upon the conditions outlined in the Agreement.

For more information regarding the 2017 Matching Grants Program, contact Jacob Browning at (214) 744-1270 or

Kourtny Garrett: Great Strides in Downtown Dallas

The urban core of the city has come a long way, and with new projects in the works the progress doesn’t seem to be coming to a halt this year.

On Monday, March 6, we will once again bring well over 1,000 business leaders, residents,
community organizations, and the public sector together at the Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) Annual Meeting with one common interest: Downtown Dallas.  This year’s theme may seem simple, “Great Strides,” but those two words encompass a remarkable amount of progress in the heart of our city, along with what we know is coming soon. It’s a play on words describing progress. Great strides are being made with transformative plans like high-speed rail, CityMAP, and 360; infrastructure projects like streetcar and a subway; and more than 100 developments (meaning countless cranes) under way. The theme also is a quip referring to street-level improvements like parks, bike lanes, and walkability improvements that give us even more reason to stride.

Since 2000, we’ve experienced $5 billion of investment in the city center through a variety of residential, hotel, commercial office, and public projects. Nearly 11,000 residents live in the center of downtown, where in 1996 only the 200 living in Manor House apartments called this area home. Within a two and a half mile radius, 50,000 now live, and over 7,000 units are under construction with another 6,400 impending.

Downtown’s employment base and office market remains strong with over 135,000 employees and positive net absorption in 2016. AT&T was a significant retention (and expansion) headline toward the end of last year, and work to advance the AT&T Discovery District will continue into this spring.

Over 100 restaurants and bars opened last year or have been announced to open this year, adding to the 420 already filling our bellies. Fifteen hotels are either announced or under construction, with four more that have opened in the last year. Retail is taking hold as well, with over 200 places to shop in the greater urban core. The opening of Forty Five Ten at the end of 2016 made headlines, and just last month another anchor in the Dallas Farmers Market, Urban Farmhouse Designs, was announced. Four additional large format grocery stores are on the way, and in the center of downtown we anticipate several announcements of unique smaller urban concepts this year—stay tuned.

No doubt the development numbers are impressive and are making national headlines. But what is it that knits our community together? What fills the voids between buildings and defines downtown as a neighborhood and no longer just an office park? In our 2017 DDI priorities, we call this fostering complete neighborhoods. It’s the destinations that unite those working in towers, living in lofts, and visiting our city. It’s our parks, public places, art, and cultural spaces. It’s schools and vibrant streets. And there are great strides to talk about here as well. Today, 52 acres of parks and public greenspace exist in downtown. The parks prioritized in the Downtown Parks Master Plan will add or improve another 17 acres. Our city is connected by nearly 150 miles of bike lanes and trails today, with over 50 miles funded and on the way. CityLab High School, downtown’s new public high school focused on design and community engagement, will commence classes this fall. And our higher education institutions, UNT School of Law, El Centro Community College, and Texas A&M Commerce continue to thrive and grow their urban campuses.

Trends worth noting

Reflecting on 2016, a few trends emerged that we expect will continue strong into this year.

New construction. In 2016, the last of our most challenging redevelopment projects traded, which means of the 40 vacant buildings we began with 20 years ago, only a handful remain and they are all in development. The Statler will begin opening its first phases in just a few months. Dallas High School/Crozier Tech and the West End Marketplace/Factory Six03 are moving quickly toward their new lives as prime office space. The Butler Brothers building is now leasing apartments, and 1401 Elm/The Drever construction progresses with recent announcements such as their hotel, Thompson Dallas Hotel.  With the era of adaptive reuse coming to a close, we anticipate a surge in new construction, already indicated on the northern side of downtown along Klyde Warren Park and Ross Avenue. Vacant parcels and parking lots will begin to infill with mixed-use, high-density projects, making areas like the southern areas of downtown ripe for development.

Commercial office re-dos. Last year, several commercial office towers began massive improvements, from building infrastructure to transforming ground floors to engage with the street. Projects like Thanksgiving Tower, 2100 Ross, 400 Record, 717 Harwood, Bank of America Plaza, Ross Tower, and St. Paul Place are embracing the desires of today’s office worker—open floorplans, coworking space, and ground floor amenities shared with the public. And this year, we expect more to follow, like the announcements of renovations at Chase Tower and Trammell Crow Center.

Innovation industries. A third trend reinforced in 2016 that will carry into this year is the growing strength of innovation industries. Whether tech, startup, or a variety of coworking options, more than 350,000 square feet of commercial office space is inhabited by this sector. In fact, at DDI we see this as such an important factor in downtown Dallas’ future that we have adopted it into our mission: foster innovation and technology in all aspects of the urban experience.

Focus on mobility

Last year, we also spent a great amount of time on the update of the 360 plan. Building on the transformative strategies from the original plan adopted by the Dallas City Council in 2011, including housing, transportation, urban design, parks, and public space, the update will first set urban mobility principles to guide current and future local, regional, and state planning. Drafted in partnership with more than 40 local organizations and with input from more than 1,000 touch points through community partners and stakeholders, those guiding principles include:

  • Create a balanced multimodal system that can support transit, bicycles, and pedestrians in addition to automobiles.
  • Provide a system that does not require a car for short trips, while ensuring that the system is safe, well-lit, comfortable, and accessible for a diverse base of users.
  • Improve inter-district connectivity for all modes of travel.
  • Encourage mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented design and development.
  • Ensure that both regional and local transportation systems support urban design and livability goals for Greater Downtown Dallas.
  • Deliver a system that responds proactively to future trends in technology, demographics, and user preferences.

Ultimately, this spring the plan will deliver a pragmatic guide to improve connectivity between our intown neighborhoods, whether walking, biking, using public transportation, or driving, while also delivering vibrancy, continuity, and a “sense of place” at the street level. It will address mobility balance for every street in the urban core, and identify improvements to key connections with close-in neighborhoods.

Very much related, work continues on transportation and mobility issues significant to downtown like streetcar, bike plan implementation and expansion, the DART subway alignment, high-speed rail, and CityMAP.

Click here to be taken to the blog entry in D Magazine.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. Announces its 2017 Annual Meeting presented by HKS, Inc.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is excited to announce its 2017 Annual Meeting Presented by HKS, Inc.  Our Annual Meeting will be held on March 6, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

This year we are thrilled to welcome keynote speaker, Greg Lindsay.  Author, urban futurist, and Senior Fellow of the New Cities Foundation, Lindsay will share his work related to connected mobility, innovation and the “serendipity” in our cities, all principles that are critical to the next generation of cities, and how we, in Downtown Dallas, can embrace these trends.  Lindsay is a senior fellow of the New Cities Foundation — where he leads the Connected Mobility Initiative — a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative, and a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management.  He is also a contributing writer for Fast Company and co-author of the critically acclaimed bestseller Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

He is currently Urbanist-in-Residence at MINI’s startup incubator, Urban-X, and has previously advised Intel, Ericsson, Samsung, Audi, Chrysler, and Expo 2020.  His work on the future of cities has been displayed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, and Habitat III.  Greg is also a two-time Jeopardy! champion, and the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson.

With sell-out crowds of nearly 1,500 for the last five years, this event is an opportunity to engage with others interested in Downtown’s vitality, and also to educate clients, colleagues, and employees about the latest happenings and future plans for Downtown.  It is the only event solely dedicated to center city issues.  It is also a fundraiser for DDI, helping us to achieve our mission through critical programs such as the Downtown Safety Patrol, advocacy efforts, the Clean Team, and economic development initiatives.

Sponsorships and individual tickets are available for purchase here.  We hope you will demonstrate your support and join us for an enlightening look at the future of our city!


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
  • Foster innovation and technology in all aspects of the urban experience

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