It's up, it's down, and now it's up again for Wild About Harry's, the Dallas custard shop that was nudged out of its former storefront on Knox Street in May after 22 years for operating without a proper permit.
Just in time for Fourth of July, Wild About Harry's will reopen its doors in a new location with a new landlord, thanks to the heroic intervention of The Retail Connection, a Dallas-based full-service brokerage, advisory, and investment firm.
The Retail Connection, which recently acquired a substantial portion of the Knox District through a partnership with MSD Capital, felt that the hot dog and custard shop must go on — hopefully this time with the proper permit — and provided a temporary space on Travis Street.
The new space is at 4527 Travis St., in what used to be part of the Sur La Table store (which is now on Cole Avenue), and is scheduled to open July 1.
According to Steve Hefner, a representative from The Retail Connection, the lease is currently month-to-month, "but we hope to have them stay in Knox District long-term."
Sydney Coley-Berglund, daughter of Wild About Harry's founder Harry Coley, says in a release that the offer was a no-brainer. "We have been blessed with so much support from our customers and neighborhood friends," she says.
Meanwhile, the Wild About Harry's location in Deep Ellum has a "For Lease" sign planted in its front yard. A representative from the store said that the shop is still open but that their lease is up for renewal, and that there was nothing unusual about having a for-lease sign.
Oddly, the Deep Ellum location is closed on Sundays, and on other days closes at 5 pm. It's almost like they don't want to serve you custard.
The Deep Ellum landlord was unavailable for comment.