Coal Vines to open at CityLine mixed-use development
Richardson, Texas—Commercial real estate firm KDC announced that Coal Vines will join CityLine, the company’s 186-acre mixed-use project in Richardson, Texas. The restaurant is scheduled to open in summer 2015.
“The Coal Vines concept is ideal for CityLine and brings an element of fun to State Street and the entertainment district,” said KDC’s Colin Fitzgibbons.
Joseph Palladino, owner of Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse and the creator of Uptown Coal Vines pizza and wine bistro, will introduce not only the Italian neighborhood bistro concept at CityLine but also an attached Coal Vines Market for the stop-and-go patron.
“I want to identify and address all the needs of our patrons at CityLine to ensure that dining locals, as well as busy professionals can enjoy the freshness of our food in the restaurant or through our convenient grab-and-go market. We will also offer catering and delivery services.”
Coal Vines at CityLine will be part fast-casual eatery and part traditional hole-in-the-wall New York neighborhood pizza and wine bar. The restaurant is known for its Italian favorites such as hand-stretched, coal-fired pizza; salads; gourmet chicken and fish entrees; and homemade pasta dishes.
Coal Vines will be located on State Street directly adjacent to CityLine Plaza.
Chelsea Bagel leases second Manhattan location
New York City—Chelsea Bagel, operating on West 14th Street for the past five years, has leased its second Manhattan location.
The kosher-style bakery, which does all of its baking on site, signed a lease for 1,150 sq. ft. at 800 Second Avenue, on the Southeast corner of East 43rd Street in Midtown East. Winick Realty Group’s Matthew Schuss represented the tenant, who will operate as Chelsea Bagel of Tudor City when their doors open on Jan. 1, 2015.
“After a long search for the perfect second location, Chelsea Bagel is very excited to come to 800 Second Avenue,” said Schuss. “This neighborhood has been lacking a high-quality bagel café and with the Pfizer building across the street and the Israeli consulate in their building, Chelsea Bagel will be well-positioned to serve the heavy concentration of office workers and residents in the neighborhood.”
Hal Shapiro, also of Winick Realty Group, represented landlord Philips International in the long-term lease transaction.
Global Franchise Group names Andrew Kmiec as VP of Real Estate
Atlanta— Global Franchise Group, the brand management company and franchisor behind Great American Cookies, Pretzelmaker, Marble Slab Creamery, MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream & Treatery and Hot Dog on a Stick, has hired Andrew Kmiec as VP of Real Estate. Kmiec will be responsible for directing GFG’s real estate team in the areas of strategic site selection, lease negotiation and store design for franchisees and corporate owned locations.
Before coming to GFG, Kmiec was Associate VP, Real Estate at Focus Brands, the company that owns and operates Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon and Moe’s Southwest Grill. In the position, Kmiec led a real estate committee that reviewed opportunities for property leases and franchise development expansion. He has 15 years of experience in real estate and operations.
“Andrew has immense knowledge and experience in identifying new business markets, site-driven franchise sales and leasing negotiations, which made him an ideal candidate for GFG’s VP of Real Estate position,” said Chris Dull, CEO and president of Global Franchise Group. “As our portfolio continues to diversify and increase in size, Andy’s expertise in the Quick Service Restaurant real estate space will be an asset to GFG.”