2021 Had You Down? No Sweat!

Downtown Dallas is home to some of the finest gyms and workout facilities around. Burn off those 2021 blues and find a place to call your workout haven. No matter your style, pace, and goals, we can help you find a place to flex your workout fix.

Let’s start off with Trophy Fitness on Pacific Avenue. With three locations to serve you, the Downtown location is their largest. They offer personal training, plus studios for group exercise, private yoga, and spin classes. You will find full-service locker rooms with showers and towel service.  How about trying out the dry sauna, the steam room, or a massage to wind down and relax, or maybe their skin care services are more up your alley. Whatever you desire from a gym, Trophy Fitness can take care of your needs. Check out personal training options as well. Conveniently located Downtown, Trophy Fitness has a parking garage with validation…pretty sweet! Not sure yet? Ask them about a 7-day Trial Membership. Looks like there IS a Trophy for working out!

Next up is Cowboys Fit, located on Jackson Street in the thick of Downtown. You don’t have to be a fan of the Dallas Cowboys to enjoy a good sweat at Cowboys Fit, but you will definitely workout like a pro.  With a first-class staff of Personal Trainers ready to customize a game plan to help you achieve your fitness goals, you will get the pro treatment. Beyond the workout and training, the state-of-the-art recovery facility is something to experience. Cowboys Fit offers Cryotherapy, NormaTec treatments of compression massage, and Hydrotherapy Massage to help your body heal from aches, pains, and minor injuries. Ask about the details and benefits of becoming a member, or try out the 3-Day Guest Pass to give it a trial run before you go pro.

Looking for some total fitness motivation? Evolve is looking for you.  Evolve has developed a new “inside out” approach to not only challenge the body’s physical capabilities but also flex the mental capacity as well. They boast a Total Fitness Transformation. Evolve considers itself a fitness community for you to stretch your limits of fitness in Downtown Dallas. They proudly sponsor the Dallas Stars Ice Girls and the Allen Americans Ice Angels. Find your place Downtown at Evolve and make your own transformation.  Evolve is conveniently located off the corner of Ervay & Young Streets in the heart of Downtown. Ask about memberships and the Met 45 Program.

How about something a little different…try F45 Training on Main Street in Downtown Dallas. The “F” is for functional training, and the 45 is the time it takes to burn up a good, fun workout. At F45 Training, you get motivated and encouraged with every workout, so you can enjoy it while you burn those calories. Good nutrition is vital too, and F45 gives members access to their own free personal nutrition program to achieve health objectives through daily meal plans, tracking, and support. Join the F45 Challenge! Find out more about how to dive into F45 Training and get your sweat on.

But maybe you like to kick it old school. The T. Boone Pickens YMCA may be just what you had in mind for a workout home. Located on Akard Street in Downtown, the YMCA is a classic when it comes to gyms. You have so many options for your workout needs and the gym is expansive, so social distancing is not a problem. You can do a virtual workout from your own home, you can select the service of a personal trainer to assist in your fitness plan, you can join a group workout, or even participate in other athletic activities onsite. Please visit the website for all of the updated information on policies, hours, and requirements before making a trip to the Y.

Possibly yoga is your thing. V12 Yoga has just what you need. V12 Yoga is touted as a premier yoga studio and fitness experience and is located on Harwood, not far from Dallas Farmers Market. V12 Yoga blends ancient practice with modern living, and the instructors teach you to connect with your inner power self. Their classes will help you link breath with creative, modern power yoga flows for all experience levels. They also offer restorative, deep stretch, high intensity FIT classes and meditation, all with a beautiful view of the Dallas skyline from its 2nd floor studio. Plan ahead and find out the details of current requirements and policies for classes.

How about a little outdoor workout and fitness activity? Klyde Warren Park offers a number of sweat-inducing, heart-pumping FREE activities. Try something new like boot camps, yoga, tai chi, Zumba, or even ballroom dancing. Get outdoors and strut that healthy lifestyle in a fun and active way. Obtain the fitness program that works for you and enjoy the breathtaking view of Downtown while you are at it. Check out the website for details on scheduled fitness activities. Now, find your Zen and get to sweating!

No matter how you like to get your sweat on, Downtown Dallas has something perfect for you. Explore your possibilities and flex those muscles to get you through the upcoming holidays and beyond.

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. 

Berkeley’s MKT

If you find yourself wandering around the Main Street District or Dallas’ Arts District, be sure to check out Berkey’s MKT for a quick pick me up and pair it with a delicious pastry!

Berni Bean Coffee Company

Costa Rican specialty coffee for your delight, with purpose with breakfast and lunch served ALL day!


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.) 

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. 

Hospitality Sweet

Nested on the first floor of the post office, just blocks from Dallas’ Arts District, Hospitality Sweet is a treat to the eyes, nose and stomach! It serves everything from coffee and cake pops to lunch and on-the-go treats!


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. 

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. 


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


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


Parterre serves world class coffee by day and craft cocktails in the evening

Rise + Thyme

Located on the first floor of The Exchange Hall at the AT&T Discovery District, Rise + Thyme is a boutique café serving breakfast, fresh pastries, coffee and fresh lunch options.h

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.

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.

No man’s best friend left behind! Downtown Dallas has no shortage of areas available to keep your dog(s) happy and safe. Here are some recommendations:

For parks that will give your dog a chance for socialization, you can head to Bark Park Central where your dog can get in a quick shower or drink from the community bowl.  My Best Friend’s Park at Klyde Warren is also a great spot to let your dog run free with their fenced-in space. One place you might consider is Mutt’s Canine Cantina if you’re closer to Uptown. Here dogs can chow downright next to you or watch a movie together on the lawn. Some other great places to spend some quality time with your pup include the Katy Trail, Griggs Park, and Main Street Garden.

If you are looking to supply your puppy with some treats, food, and toys, look no further than Upper Paw in Deep Ellum or Downtown Pawz on Main Street. For all your boarding and grooming needs, we recommend Downtown Dog on Harwood or Dawg Life on Ervay. For all the fancy pups out there, try Dog City in Victory Park where you can see your dog 24/7 via live webcam footage.

Enjoying a good meal with your dog by your side is made easy with Downtown’s many dog-friendly patios. Check out Frankie’s Downtown to enjoy a bi-level sports bar and open patio equipped with many craft beer choices and upmarket pub grub. Although Harlowe MXM may seem bougie, they offer an outdoor dog-friendly patio so you can enjoy some Rockefeller Oysters with man’s best friend. Try Green Door Public House & Taqueria La Ventana at Dallas Farmers Market to give you and your pup some breathing room, or head to Doublewide in Exposition Park to get a glimpse of a Dallas staple from a dog’s point of view. For all the coffee lovers out there, there’s Otto’s Coffee & Fine Goods located in the Adolphus Hotel which offers Viennese style bites and outdoor seating for you and your best friend.

When you’re looking to get some quality time with your dog, where do you go? Check out our full list of dog friendly patios at https://downtowndallas.com/section/dog-friendly/.

Important Documents:

As part of the approved capital improvements program in the 2021 Downtown Improvement District (DID) budget, Downtown Dallas, Inc. (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.  Applications are due by end of day on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, DDI was able to provide $125,000 to five beautification, enhancement, and capital improvement projects within the public realm of Downtown. 

Parks for Downtown Dallas received a $25,000 grant in 2020 to install raised planters along the perimeter of the soon-to-open West End Square park.  These planters add street trees and robust plantings for shade and cooling for visitors to this exciting recreational space. 

General Information

DDI is seeking proposals for projects that will enhance the appearance, safety, and functional quality of publicly-accessible spaces throughout Downtown.  Projects should address the “transformative strategies” found in Chapter 4 (“Transformative Strategies”) of the 2017 360 Plan, a City Council-adopted policy document that guides future development and investment in Downtown; access the plan at www.downtowndallas360.com.  Projects must demonstrate public benefit and must result in tangible, permanent improvements.  The following project types will qualify for the 2021 Matching Grant Program:

  • Safety and Security Project:  the project will improve public security, help deter crime, and enhance the perception of public safety
  • Streetscape Project:  the project will improve publicly-accessible areas via sidewalk or other infrastructure enhancements, permanent street furnishings, public art, and ground-floor, exterior façade rehabilitations
  • Landscape Project:  the project will improve the appearance of a building or property’s permanent landscaping or public space(s)

All proposed projects must occur within the DID boundaries.

All proposed projects must be planned, constructed, completed, and maintained by the applicant.  DDI is not responsible for the completion of any proposed projects awarded matching grant funds.  General operations and long-term maintenance of the project are the sole responsibility of the applicant. 

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.  

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. 

Qualified Applicants (New for 2021)

Applications will be accepted from any Downtown stakeholder. However, preference will be given to DID rate payers and non-tax-exempt street-level businesses.

Applicants that have received a matching grant in the previous one (1) year are not eligible to apply for the current year’s program.

Design Requirements

Proposed projects must be consistent with the design guidelines found in the Urban Design Guidelines of the 360 Plan.  Before commencing construction, projects may be required to undergo a design review with the City of Dallas and DDI.

Grant Awards

Grant funds awarded by DDI will be less than or equal to 50 percent of all costs related to the proposed project in an amount not to exceed $25,000.  Costs covered by the grant include the actual costs of supplies, materials, construction, labor, and associated taxes.  DDI reserves the right to modify grant award amounts to meet program budget requirements; therefore, applicants may be offered an amount less than the total requested funds. 

Projects must be completed no later than December 1, 2021.  Extensions may be permitted for projects determined to be incomplete by the appropriate deadline.  An amendment to the Grant Fulfillment Agreement must be signed by the applicant and DDI in order for an extension period to be granted; the extension period will be determined on a case-by-case basis. 

Projects judged to have been substantially complete before January 1, 2021, will not be considered for this grant cycle.

Grant recipients will be required to display signage at the project site to denote DDI’s financial contribution to the project.  Signage will be provided by DDI. 

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 2021 Matching Grants Program must be submitted by April 1, 2021.  

Proposals must be emailed to Jacob Browning at browning@downtowndallas.com.

Proposal Contents Checklist

  • Complete 2021 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 2021 Matching Grants Program, contact Jacob Browning at (214) 744-1270 or browning@downtowndallas.com

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s or Galentine’s, we’ve compiled a list of the best places to spend your weekend safely and socially distant. We invite you to Live Like a Local and check out some of the best things to do this upcoming Valentine’s weekend. Here’s where you can celebrate! 

Dine + Drink:


February 12 – February 14

Enjoy special menu offerings for Valentine’s weekend, including Bulgarian Gold Osetra

Caviar, Chilled Cape Hatteras Oysters, 1.5lb TX Wagyu Ribeye, and a Pink Baked Alaska. Dinner reservations at catbirddallas.com

February 12 & 13

DJ Electrophunck, 7:30 – 10:30pm

February 12 – February 14

DJ Picnictyme, 8:30 - 11:30pm

Corrientes 348 Argentinian Steakhouse

Special three-course menu for $89 per person. Reserve your table at their site or call 214-220-0348.

Miriam Cocina Latina  

Three course meal with vegetarian options includes choices from ceviche, chicken sopecitos, lobster tacos, Cuban-style pork chops, chile relleno, and more. 2/12-2/14, 5-10 PM, $60. 

Order curbside pick up at pick-up at www.miriamcocina.com or call 214-855-5275.

Nine at The National

Valentine’s Weekend Brunch 

February 12 & 13. Open 7am-2pm daily


Open Palette at Sheraton Hotel

Enjoy a special three-course menu for guests and Dallas locals to celebrate love and the holiday. The menu features courses including a salad, ribeye, and lobster with vegetables, and white chocolate mousse as well as a special chocolate cocktail for $69 per person. Available 2/12-2/14 from 4 PM- 10 PM. 


Make your Valentine’s complete with an Espresso Your Love martini followed by a stack of heart shaped red velvet pancakes with warm cream cheese creme anglaise, strawberries, and whipped cream for $11. 

Available 2/12-2/14 for dine-in, pick-up & delivery. 

Primo’s MX Kitchen & Lounge 

Three course pre-fixe menu available 2/13-2/14. The menu features nachos, queso, guacamole, flautas, tortilla soup, and Texas caesar salad for course one. Followed by chicken y verde enchiladas brisket taco, shrimp taco, and more with a red velvet tres leches or churros to end the night. Available for dine-in, carry-out, or delivery. 

Statler Hotel Location - Visit site for full menu. 


Celebrate with a heart-shaped pizza for two for just $13 and chocolate covered strawberries, two for $4. House red and white wines are offered at half-price.

2/13-2/14. Available for dine-in, pick up, or delivery.

Sloane’s Corner 

Sloane’s is celebrating Valentine’s, Single’s Awareness Day, and brunch all in one!  Stop by for a three-course meal with choices from lobster bisque, short rib tortellini, filet mignon, deviled eggs, avocado frittata, and eggs benedict for brunch. Vegetarian option also available. 2/12-2/14, $75. 

Reservations available via OpenTable or call 214-484-1395

3Eleven Kitchen + Cocktails 

Join them on 2/12 for a special single’s party with a live DJ 10 PM-2 AM. 

 Special three-course menu all weekend, 2/12-2/14. 

Second Floor at The Exchange Hall  

Join The Exchange for the 1st day of Brunch for the second floor with brunch items from Ounce and Ichi Ni San. Brunch Cocktails and Champagne bottle service will be featured. 

Looking for a special staycation?

The Joule 

XOXO, THE JOULE - Stay anytime in February and enjoy a few tokens of affections with their compliments! One-night package includes chocolate-covered strawberries, complimentary valet, and $50 dining credit at CBD Provisions. Plus, stay Monday–Thursday and receive 15% off services at The Spa at The Joule. (Please note: spa appointments are highly limited; call 214.261.4555 to book in advance of your stay.)

Lorenzo Hotel

Need a staycation? Lorenzo Hotel’s Valentine’s packages are not one to miss. Book any room 2/05 -2/14 and add on a bottle of champagne, 2 Lorenzo Hotel souvenir flutes, and a tray of chocolate covered strawberries for just $75. Use promo code PROVAL to redeem.

Omni Dallas Hotel

Celebrate the month of love with your Valentine or Galentine at Omni Dallas Hotel. A special, early celebration package includes luxurious accommodations for $214 plus breakfast for two at Texas Spice. Book between February 1-11. 

After that, you can reserve the love and luxury package with rates starting at $249, which includes sparkling wine, chocolate delights, and a late check-out based on availability. 

The Thompson Hotel 

February 12 – February 14

Take a mini trip to The Thompson Hotel located in the National. In-room specials include The Lover’s Cocktail Cart – craft cocktails in the comfort of your hotel room, available

through room service. Visit their site to book.

Things to do:

Downtown Dallentine’s Day

Friday, February 12, 2021

Pegasus Plaza

11am – 1pm

  • Botanical Mix will be selling Large arrangements ($95 - $200) while supplies last
  • They will also sell Small arrangements ($15 – 25) while supplies last
  • They will be giving away FREE single rose stems (While supplies last / one per person)
  • For more arrangement options, please visit Botanical Mix at their NEW location at The National

Dallas Farmers Market Texas Wine Tasting

DFM is bringing the best local wineries with awarding-winning vintages out for a relaxed tour of all Texas has to offer. Enjoy wine tastings from Dallas Farmers Market’s classics like Eden Hill Winery, or discover a new favorite from the 10 wineries in attendance. Add in the sounds of talented local musicians and goods from the full line up of Dallas Farmers Market vendors.  Admission $40—includes wine sampling from 10 wineries (2 selections per winery) and commemorative glass. Wine pairings + bottles available separately from fine local makers.

Pre-Tea or Naught-Tea at Mirador

Feeling pre-tea or naught-tea? For the first time ever, Mirador at The Joule is offering tea for two to-go! Enjoy a luxe menu of savory fare, pastries, sweets, and fine teas from The Cultured Cup and endless bubble from Impeccable Rose Brut. Plus, receive a custom tea cup and TASCHEN art book to take home with you. Quantities for both experiences are limited. Tea at Mirador is Feb.13 and tea to-go is available Feb.14.

The Thompson Hotel Happenings

Thompson Lobby

February 12 – February 14

Dallas Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, 6-8pm

The Thompson Lobby Bar 

February 12- February 13 

5:30 – 10:30pm

Enjoy stunning Valentine’s floral from The Botanical Mix throughout the month of February in The Thompson Lobby, Catbird, and Nine at The National.

Reunion Tower Valentine’s Special 

Love is in the air at Reunion Tower! Create a unique and unforgettable night with the Dallas skyline as the ultimate romantic backdrop. Includes two GeO-Deck GA tickets, “Fast Pass to Love” elevator up to GeO-Deck. 360-degree views with a revolving reserved semi-private area with rose petals for 60 mins. & more. 

Exclusive date night packages available from Friday, February 12 – Sunday, February 14. Call (214) 712-7040 to book or for more information.

Galentine’s Day Floral Class

Sip a cocktail and celebrate friendship at The Botanical Mix inside The National while arranging your own beautiful floral design with your take-home floral kit including flowers, a container and supplies. Sign up for your own floral kit to be delivered straight to your doorstep the day of the event.

Deadline to secure your floral kit is Monday, February 8th. You won’t want to miss it!

Looking for other ideas? How about a special stroll through one of the many museums or galleries

Get take out from your favorite Downtown restaurant and settle on a picnic at one of our many parks, Klyde Warren Park, Main Street Garden, Pacifix Plaza, AT&T Discovery District, and more. 

Don’t see your favorite Valentine’s Day specials?  Let us know (info@downtowndallas.com).

For a full list of open businesses in Downtown - click here.

Due to the Presidential visit and police memorial service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, expect road closures in the Dallas Arts District area on Tuesday, July 12th between 5:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Consider alternative routes to gain access to your office or residence.  No additional information is available.

Despite delays and road closures, Downtown businesses are open and we encourage you to support them.

Bowen House
2614 Boll Street
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2923 Fairmount St.
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2704 Worthington
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Delucca Gaucho Pizza
1628 Oak Lawn Blvd.
Design District
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4140 Lemmon Ave.
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3005 Routh Street
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MiMi's Pizzeria
3028 N Hall Street
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Moxie's Grill & Bar
100 Crescent Court
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Pie Tap
1212 Oak Lawn
Design District
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Rocco's Uptown Pizza & Pasta
2717 Howell St
Suite A
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S&D Oyster Company
2701 McKinney Ave
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Sip/Stir Café
3800 McKinney Ave
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Sushi Zushi
3636 McKinney Ave
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Taco's & Tequila
2800 Routh St
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2723 McKinney Ave
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The Loft
1135 S. Lamar
The Cedars
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The Loon
3403 McKinney Ave
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The Original Pancake House
2900 Lemmon Ave
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Urban Blend Coffee Co.
805 ELm Street
West End Historic District
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Water Grill
1920 McKinney Ave
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1914 Commerce Street
Main Street District
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Yutaka Sushi Bistro
2633 McKinney Ave
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