Located in Historic Downtown McKinney

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Dan Hoff's Update

There are numerous rumors on the street about Adriatica. Today, I spent time with both Jeff Blackard and George Fuller to obtain the following update. Both Mr. Blackard and Mr. Fuller assure me they will continue with this project and will not sacrifice the quality for any reason.

Due to the downturn in the U.S. economy, the speed of construction in Adriatica has been much slower than Mr. Blackard and Mr. Fuller would like (and residents agree with them). However, some recent developments within their sources of finance have given them the indication that the next significant building phase, the Harbor District, will soon begin. Once started, the construction will continue at a rapid rate. I will keep you up to date on this.

Samson’s Restaurant is now closed for remodeling and expansion. Seating will be increased to approximately 200% of current seating. The current main entrance will be closed and a new main entrance designed at the SW corner. Inside, where diners currently enter the building, a stage will be constructed. A second story balcony will wrap the sides and back. Of course, the outside dining will be retained. The menu will change to be a mix of sandwiches, salads, burgers, chicken, steak, pastas, etc. This will be quality dining at affordable prices. Three times or so a week, there will be music, comedy, etc. on stage. Several times a year, big names in entertainment will be on stage. Samson’s will reopen in approximately 60 days under the ownership of George Fuller.

Early next year, construction will begin on an open-air market. It will be located along Virginia Pkwy and north of the medical buildings. It is anticipated that space will be offered free to local farmers. It will also have fresh meats, bakery and sea foods.

In the planning stages are quarters for the Young Life Ministries. These will be largely underground and near the harbor with access to the harbor and outdoor patio/walkways. This facility will hold 200-300 persons. It is currently envisioned this will be offered at no charge to Young Life. (http://www.younglife.org/us)

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