There's a new Tom Thumb store opening near downtown Dallas, and it'll come with something extra: a bar and restaurant inside.
The grocery is opening at 2380 N. Field St., at The Union, the new complex that's also home to The Henry, Taco Lingo, and a slew of various restaurants to come.
Not having a supermarket has been a longtime complaint from the small but growing population of people who live within the Central Business District.
Supermarket companies will only open stores when a neighborhood has a certain number of residents. According to Kourtny Garrett, spokesperson for Downtown Dallas Inc., there are now about 12,000 residents in downtown Dallas and 70,000 people within a 2-mile radius. That is apparently enough.
A Whole Foods Market opened on McKinney Avenue in Uptown in 2015. And Tom Thumb is building another store, just a block or so outside the Central Business District, on Live Oak Street near the Latino Cultural Center.
The Union Tom Thumb is a block north of Woodall Rogers Freeway, which puts it also just outside of the official Central Business District. Close enough.
This being an urban location means there is no big suburban-style parking lot; parking is in an underground garage.
The new store comes with Union Tap, a bar with 15 beers on tap, a mostly generic mix with Bud, Coors, Shiner, and the standard locals, such as Community, Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Revolver, Peticolas, Lakewood, Tupps, and Four Corners, as well as 48 beers in cans. You can have a beer on-site or get it to go via growlers.
They also have nine wines by the glass in varieties such as chardonnay, prosecco, and pinot noir, and the prices look good, some as low as $4.
The eatery has sandwiches, quesadillas, fries with toppings such cheese and brisket, and a build-your-own burger bar. There's something they call an Asian bar with poke, a spicy tuna roll, and tacos.
There's a long bar plus booths and tables, and big-screen TVs.
Markets like Whole Foods have been doing this in-house bar and cafe type deal forever, but it's a big leap for Tom Thumb, says spokesperson Connie Yates.
"We do have one other bar like this at a store in Fort Worth, that's our first, but this is the first one like this in Dallas where beer and wine are served, and the menu is a little more expanded than Fort Worth," she says.
The store opens on April 5 and will host a grand opening party with festivities galore.