Two Hands Eatery Becomes First Retail Lease at Stream’s QUAD Development in Uptown Dallas

Two Hands will occupy one of the five free-standing retail spaces surrounding The QUAD's 12-story, Class AA office tower in the heart of Uptown. The Australian-accented eatery is a casual restaurant concept that will offer indoor and outdoor dining with a menu of fusion share plates and well-traveled classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus a coffee program and full bar.

Dallas-based Stream Realty Partners is marketing The QUAD in Uptown Dallas as the dawning of “A Different Dallas,” and the company has announced the first restaurant concept for the development. Two Hands, a community-focused eatery based in Australian café culture, will open its first restaurant in Dallas at the Uptown office development.

“Dallas is filled with so many unique, diverse neighborhoods, and The QUAD development in Uptown is the perfect opportunity for Two Hands to enter the market,” Henry Roberts, CEO and founder of Two Hands, said in a statement. “Following our success in Austin, our expansion into Dallas will continue our growth in Texas and help establish our brand here.”

First retail lease at The QUAD

Stream said that Two Hands is the first retail lease signed at The QUAD and that additional restaurant announcements are anticipated by mid-2023.

Two Hands will occupy one of the five free-standing retail spaces surrounding the 12-story, Class AA office tower at 2699 Howell St. in the heart of Uptown, Stream said. An opening date for The QUAD restaurant is planned for the first quarter of 2024.

It’s a casual restaurant concept that will offer indoor and outdoor dining with a menu of fusion share plates and well-traveled classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A comprehensive coffee program and full-service bar also will be featured at the restaurant, Stream said.

Two Hands launched in 2014 and has six locations in some of the country’s most upscale, chic neighborhoods including NoHo, Nolita, Williamsburg, and Tribeca in New York City, the Gulch in Nashville, and SoCo in Austin. Two additional restaurants in Denver and Franklin, Tennessee, are expected in 2023.

Healthy dishes with locally sourced ingredients

Two Hands restaurant food [Photo: Two Hands]

Each Two Hands eatery is individually designed to respond to the surrounding community, Stream said.

Culinary Director and Chef Barney Hannagan creates his menus with a conscious approach to health and lifestyle, Stream said. Two Hands’ offerings feature bright, flavorful dishes infused with bold flavors and locally sourced ingredients that vary by season and location.

Popular items include a salmon quinoa bowl with grilled salmon, soft egg, turmeric quinoa, hummus, crunchy shaved veggies, avocado, cucumber, seeds, and puffed rice; and the tamarind chicken, a glazed half-chicken served with whiskey shoyu, sesame chili crunch, and ginger sauce.

Stream said that a lavender matcha latte will highlight the coffee choices, and the full bar will feature natural wines and local beers, a classic cocktail list, and specialty cocktails.

Engaging both office tenants and neighbors 

A real estate services, development, and investment firm, Stream is developing the 345,425-square-foot, state-of-the-art office building and surrounding 18,500-square-foot retail area that plays a pivotal role in the rebirth of the Quadrangle, which once was Dallas’ first mixed-use development circa 1966.

Chicago Title was the first office tenant to commit to the project in September. The largest title insurer and provider of real estate-related products and services in the world will occupy 20,000 square feet in the office tower, Stream said. Chicago Title has officed at 2828 Routh St., an existing building on the same site as The QUAD, for more than a decade.

“We envision a collection of restaurants at The QUAD that will engage not only the employees of our office tenants but also the thousands of residents in our neighborhood,” Ramsey March, executive managing director and partner of Stream’s development group, said in a statement. “Two Hands has a devoted following in some of the country’s most sophisticated dining scenes and exemplifies the kind of offering we know will excite the Uptown market.”

Cutting-edge smart buildings 

The QUAD will feature many amenities including a penthouse tenant lounge and conference center, full-service fitness studio with floor-to-ceiling windows, dedicated underground parking, bike valet, and plenty of outdoor seating and green space.

Stream said The QUAD will feature a cutting-edge user functionality and technological foundation with smart elements such as a proprietary centralized building operations app, hands-free “wave” doors, and hospital-grade air filtration systems.

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