Taco Bell bringing its new store design concept to Arlington

$200,000 upgrade will remodel dining room, restrooms and add an open kitchen.

The “Explorer” design of this Taco Bell in Santa Ana, California, is coming to Arlington.
The “Explorer” design of this Taco Bell in Santa Ana, California, is coming to Arlington.
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Taco Bell plans an “Explorer Remodel” for its Arlington store at 5905 Merrill Road. 

Tacobell.com says the Modern Explorer design is inspired by the farm-to-table movement, “reinforcing Taco Bell’s commitment to preparing food using the best ingredients.”

The Modern Explorer design uses an open kitchen concept in the restaurant “so you can watch your food being prepared right in front of you,” says the company.

The city is reviewing a permit application for a $200,000 upgrade of the brand image, a remodeling of the dining room and restrooms, exterior painting and more. 

L.B. Manske Architecture & Design Inc. of Wichita, Kansas, is the architect. 

The 2,593-square-foot Merrill Road structure was built in 1983. 

Kanine Social OK’d for build-out

A warehouse on College Street is going to the dogs — and their humans.

The city approved a permit for Equity Builders of Florida LLC to renovate space at 580 College St. in Brooklyn for Kanine Social at a cost of $635,464.

Kanine Social will offer dog day care, playtime and craft beers and coffee for their owners.

Partner Daniel Moffatt said Sunday there was not a set opening date. 

“We’ll know more in the next month or so when construction moves forward,” he said.

The 3M RE Holdings LLC group bought the almost 16,000-square-foot building from N&N Cabinets Inc. on Nov. 15. The structure was built at College and Rosselle streets in 1955. 

It will use about 12,000 square feet while a tenant continues to lease the rest of it.

Kanine Social is affiliated with the buyer.

Kanine Social will offer indoor and outdoor play, day care and social areas.

Customers can drop off their dogs for day care or accompany them to the indoor off-leash dog park. Dog owners also can patronize the bar and coffee area with their leashed pets.

The location is near the Brooklyn and Riverside neighborhoods and commercial districts.

The 3M name refers to the partners’ dogs Mason, Maverick and Murphy.

For information, visit kaninesocial.com.

Firehouse joining Baymeadows Corner

Firehouse Subs will build-out 2,100 square feet of space in the Baymeadows Corner center at 8355 Baymeadows Road.

The city approved a permit Friday for The Malle Co. Inc. to renovate the space at a cost of $170,265. 

The sub shop will relocate from across the street.

Baymeadows Corner was developed at the site of a former Miami Subs. 

Visionworks building is sold with assist from Franklin Street

Franklin Street arranged the $1.5 million sale of the Regency-area building leased by Visionworks, a national chain of optical retail stores, at 9480 Arlington Expressway.

John Tennant and Bryan Belk of Franklin Street’s Atlanta office represented the seller, Thunder Phoenix LLC of Indianapolis, Indiana, in the marketing of the 6,750-square-foot store. 

The buyer was Florida-based Galzion LLC, which Franklin Street said plans to hold the property for long-term investment.

Belk said the building is scheduled to be renovated, “which made ownership even more attractive for the investor.”

The city approved a permit Nov. 20 for Terry Adams Inc. to finish out the 6,675-square-foot building at a renovation cost of $186,000.

Galzion, with a Miami mailing address, paid $1.5 million for the property in a deed executed March 23 and recorded with the Duval County Clerk of Courts on April 4.



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