3 new restaurants to open at Shops at Willow Bend

The Shops at Willow Bend announced three new restaurants to its soon-to-be restaurant district this morning. The new restaurants include Knife, Mexican Bar Co. Restaurant & Bar and Terra Mediterranean Grill.

The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano will feature a terrace for visitors. The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano will feature a terrace for visitors.[/caption]

Knife, by chef John Tesar, specializes in fresh seafood, vegetarian main dishes, seasonal salads, an expansive wine list and more. Tesar is known for his commitment to using all-natural meats with Texas roots. Tesar operates another Knife location in Dallas at 5300 E. Mockingbird Lane.

Opening its first location is the Mexican Bar Co. Restaurant & Bar. This new concept restaurant and from a James Beard Foundation renowned chef. The Mexican restaurant will serve a variety of options, including handmade corn tortillas and freshly made guacamoles and salsa. Its interior will also include murals painted by local artists, according to a press release.

Terra Mediterranean Grill will also be opening at the Shops at Willow Bend’s restaurant district. This Dallas-based restaurant serves hummus, gyros, saffron chicken, salads and a variety of meats, fish-kabobs and more. The lunch menu will include traditional Mediterranean foods and the dinner menu will include specialty items such as sea bass and oven-roasted trout. Terra Mediterranean has two other locations in Irving and Fort Worth.

“This new location is roughly 6,200-square-feet and will feature two patio areas, upstairs and down, and some exciting new menu additions,” Adam and Jay Chanaa, owners of Terra Mediterranean, said in the release. “We look forward to opening later this fall.”

In addition to the new restaurants, the mall announced new businesses including Evereve, the North Texas Performing Arts’ Plano Children’s Theatre and more.

The announcement of new businesses and restaurants comes alongside the mall’s $125 million expansion and renovation project.

Demolition of Saks Fifth Avenue was completed in October at The Shops at Willow Bend, making room for a two-level pedestrian plaza with up to eight chef-driven restaurants. Along with the plaza, renovations include a new main entrance, several entertainment venues, a seven-story Class A office tower and a variety of new retailers.

Renovations will open in phases starting with the plaza in late 2017 and continue through 2018. This is Willow Bend’s first major renovation and expansion project.


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