The lowdown on what’s up with neighborhood businesses

Soleo Mexican Kitchen to open at Hillcrest and Northwest Highway

A new restaurant, Soleo Mexican Kitchen, is moving into Hillcrest Crossing at Hillcrest and Northwest Highway. Owner Lupe Rodriguez says the menu is small, but includes a diverse selection of steak, fish and vegetarian options that are Mexican-style — as opposed to Tex-Mex. The owners come from the local chain El Paisa, a fast-casual concept with several locations around Dallas-Fort Worth. Rodriguez says that Soleo will be more of an upscale atmosphere with a full bar and outdoor seating.\

Soleo Mexican Kitchen
8611 Hillcrest, Ste. 100

Renovation planned for Cooper Fitness Center

The Cooper Fitness Center recently announced plans for a $6.5 million renovation and held a demolition ceremony with local celebs, including Dr. Kenneth Cooper and son Dr. Tyler Cooper, Roger Staubach and Randy Gier. The Cooper Center, which originally opened in 1972, will be expanded to 54,000 square feet with a new main entrance, cycle studio, two mind/body studios for yoga and Pilates, locker rooms and a retail boutique. The project is expected to be complete by March 2013 and also will include a new restaurant, Cedars Woodfire Grill, a fast-casual concept that promotes healthy food choices. It will serve grilled meats, salads, sandwiches and soups.

Dr. Kenneth Cooper was the first to introduce the concept of aerobics and has achieved worldwide success for public health.

Cooper Fitness Center
12100 Preston

Country-themed hair salon coming to Preston Center

Cowboy Up Men’s Salon will begin construction in September on a space in Preston Center and is scheduled to open by November. The salon offers men’s and boy’s haircuts and grooming services by female stylists, and customers receive a complimentary cold beer. Cowboy Up opened last year in Frisco, and this will be the company’s second location.
6030 luther

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Ristorante Nicola

Preston Center’s upscale Italian spot Ristorante Nicola has hired chef Justin Melnick, a “young, rising star” from the northeast. Melnick has introduced new dinner and lunch menus with a focus on local, organic ingredients from sustainably raised animals from small farms.
8111 Preston, Ste. 150


Goff’s Hamburgers in the Preston Valley Shopping Center at Preston and LBJ Freeway has closed. The original location in University Park remains open.
6401 Hillcrest


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