Tarka Indian Kitchen became the first business to debut in The Domain’s new 100,000-square-foot Rock Rose development when it opened at lunchtime Friday.
Things got off to a strong start, owner and CEO Tinku Saini told the American-Statesman.
“Day one being open on Rock Rose has exceeded all of our expectations,” he said. “We had a line to the door during our lunch rush with many guests promising to spread the word to their workplaces and come back in soon. This is such an exciting project to be a part of.”
Several other shops, bars and restaurants will follow Tarka by month’s end, according to Austin-based developer Endeavor Real Estate Group, including CorePower Yoga, The Dogwood, East Side King’s Thai-Kun, Jack & Ginger’s, Mia Tapas Bar, Saint Genevieve and Two Hands Coffee.
The rest of the project, which features predominately local businesses, will come online in the next few months. Those tenants include Birds Barbershop, General Tso’Boy, JINYA Ramen Bar, Kung Fu Saloon, MAD Greens, Salvation Pizza, Sway, Viva Day Spa and Weathered Coalition.
“We’re excited to reveal Rock Rose with the opening of our first tenants,” Endeavor Real Estate Group principal Billy Osherow said. “We strived to create an eclectic mix of authentic and personality driven restaurants and retailers on this street that will appeal to both Austin residents and visitors alike, and we truly believe that this vision is coming to life.”
Plans for Rock Rose were unveiled last year, part of a larger project to add a third phase to The Domain. Other components of that third phase will include the city’s second Nordstrom department store and a four-story Restoration Hardware. Apartments and offices are going up in the area, as well.
“We have never been a part of a development like this,” Tarka’s Saini said. “While we definitely appreciated the proximity of so many office employees and residents, it was the local element of Rock Rose – its inclusion of homegrown businesses – that really piqued our interest.”
Aside from Rock Rose, Endeavor has several other developments in the works in Central Texas including renovations to the Springtown shopping center in San Marcos, a strip center on Burnet Road that’s home to several high-profile restaurants, a mixed-use project at Plaza Saltillo, just east of downtown Austin, and The Parke, a shopping center in Cedar Park that will feature the region’s first 365 by Whole Foods Market store.