The Last Word: Sam Romano on ‘Doing,’ Not Just Eating, at Dallas’ Trinity Groves

“There are other things to do here than eat.”

Sam Romano
Trinity Groves “4.0”
.…on creating more foot traffic for the Dallas “restaurant theme park” by offering pickleball, mini-golf, bocce ball, and more, via the Dallas Morning News.

When it was first built on the west side of the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge in West Dallas, Trinity Groves was designed for reinvention as an incubator of new restaurant concepts. But now Romano—whose father, Dallas restaurant legend Phil Romano, was one of the development’s three original investors—is helping reinvent it in a whole new way by focusing on fun.

“We’re putting less of an emphasis on restaurants,” Romano told the DMN’s Sarah Blaskovich, sharing plans for a pickleball court, mini-golf green, and bocce ball court, along with other enhancements to drive increased foot traffic to the destination.

Part of what’s driving Trinity Groves “4.0” is its investors’ joint venture with Omaha-based Goldenrod Cos. to pool more than 40 acres for development in the area. You can read more about it in the DMN story here.

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