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Saviano's Sundance Square closed; building to be razed

Posted 5:44pm on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

Saviano’s, we hardly knew ye. It seems like the New York-style Italian restaurant just moved in to Sundance Square (it opened in early 2011, just after North Texas hosted Super Bowl XLV).

But the restaurant – whose original location still thrives in Euless – shut down over the weekend, as part of a “planned close,” according to Sundance Square spokeswoman Tracy Gilmour. Not only that, the entire building that houses Saviano’s is slated for demolition, as part of the three-building Sundance Plaza project already under way.

But wait. What about Starbucks??? Don’t freak out, frappuccino fanatics. Starbucks, Retro Cowboy, Leddy’s and the rest of the shops on the block are staying put, and staying open. The soon-to-be-razed building housed only Saviano’s.

Management at the Euless Saviano’s did not immediately return a call seeking comment on their move out of Sundance Square.

“We told them going in that that building was slated for demolition," Gilmour said, "so Sal knew when he signed his lease that it was a short-term solution for him to come down and do business in that location.”

The demo – which is slated for either late December or early January – will make way for the Cassidy Building, the third structure in the project, after The Commerce and the Westbrook. The project will have to move cautiously, since the old building connects indirectly to the Sanger Lofts, a residential building on that block, Gilmour said.

The Cassidy, a six-story building – will wrap down Third Street and turn the corner and stretch down Throckmorton.

“It was hard for us to figure out exactly the right time to for [owner Saverio ‘Sal’ Alfieri] to close,” Gilmour said. “We’re sorry to see that happen, but we’re trying to work with him to see if there’s another location that would fit for them, because we don’t like losing anybody.”

Gilmour says both parties have been discussing a relocation of the restaurant for a while, but neither Sundance nor Saviano’s have been able to agree on a place, and for now, she added, Sundance Square is fully leased. “So, finding them another location has been challenging right now,” she said.

Sundance Square is a 35-block retail, office, residential and entertainment district on the north end of downtown Fort Worth.

In May, it broke ground on three office buildings that will have ground-level shops and restaurants as part of the development of Sundance Plaza. One building will also have six penthouse condos. The buildings will have about 221,000 square feet of office space and 41,500 square feet for shops and restaurants.

The first building to open will be the five-story Commerce, facing Commerce Street between Third and Fourth. It's scheduled to open by the end of 2013. The first tenant Sundance Square has announced is a two-story, nearly 9,200-square-foot Del Frisco's Grille.

This report contains material from the Star-Telegram archives

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