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Two Fort Worth council members propose temporary single-family moratorium around TCU

The moratorium would apply to new permits for single-family homes around TCU, and give the city time to figure out what to do with a controversial proposed overlay in several neighborhoods around the university.

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Fresh Ebola fears hit airline stocks

DALLAS (AP) — News that a nurse diagnosed with Ebola flew on a plane full of passengers raised fear among airline investors that the scare over the virus could cause travelers to avoid flying.

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Landscape architect behind several TCU landmarks acquired

The Dallas design firm behind several Texas Christian University projects, as well as Globe Life Park in Arlington and AT&T Stadium, has been acquired by Rvi Planning + Landscape Architecture.

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Fort Worth launching Stockyards design task force

The task force, to be chaired by the Fort Worth architect Eric Hahnfeld, would be responsible for confirming the boundaries of the city's planned Stockyards design district and reviewing the work of a consultant.

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Fort Worth council approves tax abatement for Sprouts grocery in Ridglea

The abatement would be to VCB Property, which also won an abatement to build a strip retail center.

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Real Deals: Good ol' boy edition

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Need space to practice roundhouse kicks and fist-enforced Texas justice? You’re in luck: Chuck Norris’ spacious former  Dallas home, complete with a gym featuring memorabilia from his Walker, Texas Ranger television series, is on the market.
The Mediterranean ranch-style home in the tony Dallas neighborhood of Northwood Hills also was the on-screen residence of Cordell Walker, the roundhouse-kicking Texas Ranger who battled villainy at every turn.
Norris portrayed Walker in the CBS series that ran for eight seasons. It ended in 2001, but lives on in syndication. Portions of the series were shot in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The 7,362-square-foot home is listed for $1.2 million. Along with the weight room, it’s listed as having four bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and a theater. There’s also a separate building that served as a studio for the filming of Walker, Texas Ranger, as well as other Norris productions, according to listing agent Rogers Healy of Rogers Healy and Associates Real Estate in Dallas.
Norris co-owned the property with his brother, Aaron Norris.
– Associated Press

More good ol’ boy news
Ricky Bobby Sports Saloon, a new restaurant and sports bar with a NASCAR racing theme, has opened down the road apiece from the Texas Motor Speedway.
The restaurant and sports bar, at 2200 NE Loop 820, is the latest concept from Houston-based Rick’s Cabaret International Inc.
The restaurant features a menu designed by restaurant consultant David Simmons to appeal to dining – and driving – enthusiasts, including what it bills as the largest chicken-fried steak in Texas.
“We have traditional items with a Ricky Bobby flair such as our mac ‘n cheese bacon burger, crazy corn, funnel cake, and yes, the largest chicken-fried steak in Texas,” said Simmons in a news release.
The Ricky Bobby restaurant includes multiple giant flat-screen televisions throughout, plus a 3,000-square-foot outdoor patio with fire pits, fountains and a stage for live band performances. A fountain and an authentic NASCAR racer with the number 39 and a Ricky Bobby logo greet guests. Ricky Bobby is a fictional character from a Will Ferrell film.

Burgers, wellness
A new burger restaurant and a wellness center are coming to the West Seventh development, Cypress Equities officials announced July 23.
Brewsters Burger Bar and Chiro One Wellness Centers have signed leases to occupy space in the mixed-use development located at the intersection of West Seventh Street and University Drive.
Brewsters Burger Bar will open a 2,969-square-foot location on Crockett Street across from LA Fitness. Brewsters will be a draft house/burger bar as well as a full bar with about 60 craft beers on tap. Designed by The Duncan Design Group of Dallas, Brewsters will have a classic pub atmosphere with wood, leather and brick, according to a news release from Cypress.
Brewsters will be operated by Steve Brown of the BPSB Corp. Brown has more than 35 years of restaurant expertise, having opened Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano in downtown Grapevine in 1985 and Guero’s Mexican Grill in Valley Ranch in 1997. Brewsters Burger Bar is slated to open in December.
Roger Smeltzer with Vision Commercial Real Estate represented Brewsters Burger Bar and Perren Gasc of Centennial Retail Services represented the landlord.
Chiro One Wellness Centers offers chiropractic care and has 78 locations in Illinois, Kentucky and Texas. The 2,563-square-foot wellness center will be located between Moda Aveda Salon and Spa and The Boardroom Salon for Men on Seventh Street. This will mark Chiro One’s 10th Metroplex location and is slated to open in the fourth quarter of this year.
Travis Ewert with Colliers International represented Chiro One Wellness Centers while Karly Kilroy of Cypress Equities represented the landlord.

Revving up in Grapevine
Automotive Rentals Inc. (ARI), a member of the Holman Auto Group with headquarters in Mount Laurel, N.J., has expanded its Grapevine operation. ARI recently leased an additional 10,830 square feet of office space at 2550 SW Grapevine Parkway. The growing fleet management services company now occupies more than 50,000 square feet of office space in the building, which is located near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. ARI, founded in 1948, has grown into one of the largest privately held vehicle fleet management services companies in the world with a workforce of more than 2,400. The Grapevine office opened in 2007 and has grown to more than 300 employees, with plans to add additional staff in the near term.
“We are delighted to have ARI continue to grow with us in Grapevine,” said Jim Poynter on behalf of the landlord, One Grapevine Parkway Ltd. “ARI started with less than half the building in 2007 and now leases the entire building from us. This long-term commitment to the building attests to ARI’s business success in this region and globally,” he 
continued.
The Offices @ Grapevine Parkway is a 50,406-square-foot, one-story office building near the “restaurant row” area of Grapevine at the intersections of Texas 114, 360, 121 and 26. Poynter represented the landlord and Steve Greenfield with ARI represented the tenant in the lease expansion negotiations. The building is owned, leased and managed by a Poynter Scifres Companies entity.

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