Friday, September 24, 2010

Source: Coal Vines Pizza will replace Re:Verse on the Plaza; CPK next to get the boot?

Posted By on Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 7:00 AM

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No one wants to talk on the record, but a source familiar with negotiations between Country Club Plaza landlord Highwoods Properties and Dallas-based pizzeria restaurant Coal Vines Pizza tells Fat City that the fledgling chain is planning to open its first Midwest outpost in the Re:Verse Beatnik Bistro & Bar space, which closes this Sunday.

This location would put a Coal Vines restaurant within walking distance

of the Plaza location of the California Pizza Kitchen chain. CPK sells

a far greater array of pizza choices than Coal Vines, which offers six specialty pies and a half-dozen Italian-inspired

entrees. California Pizza Kitchen employed former local Gilbert-Robinson

executive Fred Hipp as president and CEO until he was fired

in 2003.

Another national Italian bistro chain, Brio Tuscan Grille, also serves pizza within walking distance of the space now occupied by Re:Verse.

"I've heard that Highwoods really doesn't want any local restaurants left on the Plaza," our source says. "And there aren't very many independently owned restaurants left, except Plaza III and Winstead's. The Plaza may have started as the first shopping center in America, but it's turning into any American shopping center."

Highwoods spokeswomen Gayle Terry told Fat City she couldn't confirm who would fill the Re:Verse space.

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