New this August in HARWOOD Restaurants

Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar debuts an all-new happy hour menu beginning August 1. 

Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar debuts an all-new happy hour menu beginning August 1. 

A new month brings new menus, specials, and more around the HARWOOD District! Here's what to expect this August: 

Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar Debuts New Happy Hour Menu
Your new favorite spot for happy hour is here! Saint Ann rolls out a brand new menu of specials available Monday through Friday beginning August 1 from 4 - 6:30 PM. Six specialty signature cocktails, house wines, and a menu of eight appetizing favorites are just $6 each! For beer lovers, enjoy a domestic for $3 or indulge in an import for $4.

Featured Drinks at Magnolias: Sous Le Pont
Whether you're going for a java jolt or a refreshing non-coffee beverage, the innovative baristas at Magnolias: Sous Le Pont have the perfect concoction for you! There are seven featured drinks this month like Rose-Infused Pour Overs and the Grapefruit Fizz made with cold brew, grapefruit juice, and sparkling water with a hint of mint. Ask about the shop's new patron loyalty program to learn how you can get a free drink! 

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Summer Wine Features at Dolce Riviera
Indulge in an endless summer with Dolce Riviera's summer wine features. Crisp and refreshing, these curated selections are the perfect way to wind down on the gorgeous patio.

Stay tuned for more additions! 



Swexan Day in HARWOOD

Did you know HARWOOD has its own Swiss roots? CEO and Founder of Harwood International, the developer of the neighborhood, Gabriel Barbier-Mueller was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland and moved to Dallas in 1979. Swiss influence can be found in designs for the buildings and restaurants, and also in the Swiss cows that line the border of HARWOOD.

Merging the Texan and Swiss hospitable way of thinking, we call this union our “Swexan” connection. In honor of Swiss National Day on Tuesday, August 1, you’ll notice our Swexan pride displayed around the district with custom flags and specialty offerings at select restaurants. 

Swiss cuisine is a harmony of many regional influences, especially French, German and Italian cuisines. Chefs from the HARWOOD eateries crafted specials with their own unique interpretations of traditional and contemporary Swiss dishes. 

Dolce Riviera
Dolce Riviera joins the district in honoring Swiss National Day with an exclusive one-day special featuring four dishes. Start with the Swiss Cheese Board, which includes Tete de Moines, Raclette, and Emmental Cheese served with Homemade Marmellate. Then, end on a sweet note with the Malakoff Cake or Classic Meringue served with double cream sauce. 





Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens
While undergoing exciting renovations until early September, Marie Gabrielle offers a menu of breakfast and lunch selections in the lobby of HARWOOD No. 2 - 2728 N. Harwood St. The restaurant will continue its weekly hot entree specials showcasing Saffron Risotto with Prawns on August 1. 




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Mercat Bistro
Sit back, relax, and go back in time with Mercat's absinthe cocktail. The anise-flavored spirit dates back to the 18th century and originates from the Jura region of Switzerland. Many notable figures like Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Oscar Wilde were all known absinthe drinkers of their day. 










Magnolias: Sous Le Pont
Order up the Swexan Latte, a chocolate latte served with Toblerone Chocolate and decorated with red, white, and blue sprinkles. 



Exciting Changes Coming to Marie Gabrielle

HARWOOD's first restaurant and venue, Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens, is getting a makeover! The exciting renovations begin Tuesday, August 1 and will be unveiled in early September. 

Even though Marie Gabrielle will be closed to the public during this time, the restaurant will offer select breakfast and lunch offerings in the lobby of HARWOOD No. 2 - 2728 N. Harwood St. 

Three Harwood International divisions were tapped to complete this project: Harwood Design Factory (HDF), Harwood Construction Management Services (HCMS), and Sphinx Construction.

To learn more, visit



Wine Down Wednesday with Frost Bank

For one HARWOOD District tenant and partner, building long-term relationships is at the core of their mission. This fall, Frost Bank continues their community program of sharing kindness at a new location in HARWOOD - Dolce Riviera.

"Our partnership with HARWOOD has been the key to our success in building these relationships," said Pilar Johnson, relationship administrative specialist at Frost Bank

As part of the Wine Down Wednesday intiative, all guests 21+ will receive a glass of wine compliments of Frost Bank. Make plans to join Frost Bank, network, and enjoy the Italian ambiance August 9 and September 13 from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM!




Follow The Samurai Collection During #MuseumWeek

The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection will share fascinating new stories and facts about the samurai with #MuseumWeek on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter from June 19 through June 25. #MuseumWeek is known as the first worldwide cultural event on social media and each year it takes on a different theme. The Samurai Collection joins museums from around the world in showcasing this year's theme of #womenMW, a dedication to all women - past, present, and future. 

Samurai women have a particularly interesting history. In fact, women were some of the fiercest samurai warriors and made significant impacts on the history of Japan. To kick off #MuseumWeek, here are five of the most interesting facts that you probably didn't know about women of fuedal Japan and The Samurai Collection. For more, follow The Samurai Collection! 

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These Dallas Patios are Where Everyone will be Hanging out this Summer

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If there's one thing Dallasites love, it's a patio. That insatiable desire to sit outside can be fulfilled in the HARWOOD District, where the patios are as unique as each restaurant and its cuisine.

The buzz for Happiest Hour is stronger than ever, with it snagging a nomination for best bar in the 2017 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards. The hot spot made headlines when it opened in 2015, mainly for its two-deck, indoor-outdoor, 12,000-square-foot patio and the killer downtown views from the rooftop. The lower deck has gigantic ceiling fans to keep the breezes constant, and garage doors that can roll up to open the indoor dining space to the patio. To ensure that you never have to wait long for Frozé or a pint, there are four bars total, including the tiniest bar in HARWOOD, measuring only 295 square feet. It sits on the lawn and serves the crowds that gather to play garden games, along with the influx of concert-goers or sports fans headed to or coming from the nearby American Airlines Center.

If lawn games are really your thing, then The Grove at Harwood is your go-to hangout. This "ultimate urban backyard" is all outdoors with picnic tables, hammocks, and plenty of lawn space for BYOB (bring your own blanket). The onsite taco truck takes care of any rumbling tummies, while the adult snow cones can cool you off in a flash. There are bocce ball and volleyball courts aplenty, and four-legged friends are more than welcome. In fact, all of the HARWOOD District patios are dog-friendly, so feel free to bring Fido along when you want to kick back, al fresco style.

When you're craving vitamin D but aren't in full activity mode, Magnolias: Sous Le Pont is the ideal compromise. The relaxed coffee shop opens all its doors during nice weather, linking to indoors to the sidewalk cafe seating (where — you guessed it — pups can hang out). Its bright turquoise walls and cascade of blooming flowers were made for Instagram, and create a lovely evening backdrop for the monthly Late Night Open Mic series, held from 5:30-8 pm on the last Thursday of every month.

You'll also find live music at Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar, which hosts live music on the patio every Sunday during brunch and on Wednesday and Thursday nights from 7-10 pm. Saint Ann has long been considered one of the prettiest patios in Dallas, and its recent upgrades have only further cemented its status. A retractable roof makes the patio climate-controlled, meaning that diners can now enjoy the garden views no matter the weather. The building itself has been standing for 90 years, with the Our Lady of Guadalupe mural commemorating its history as the city's first school for Hispanic children. But Saint Ann is firmly in the now, having just introduced a new menu and rolling out an array of wine flights.

Mercat Bistro is also enjoying its new patio, dubbed the Rococo Pavilion. The Baroque-style seating area matches the restaurant's quaint European vibe, and provides shade while remaining open-air on all sides. Sip a glass of wine at twilight or during a light rain, and it's easy to imagine you're people-watching in Paris.

The patio at Dolce Riviera also has a European flair, thanks to the impressively large, 18th-century Venetian terra cotta pots that dot the landscape. Walls of leafy palm trees shield you from the real world outside, while bubbling fountains delicately drown out the sounds of the city. In nice weather, the dining room's glass walls are opened and the glamorous bar offers outdoor seating.

And perhaps the area's largest patio is Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens, with its 1.5 acres and 8,265-square-foot pond. The popular event space is open to the public when it's not hosting a party (such as the recent opening night bash for Savor Dallas), so claim it as your secret escape from everyday life. There are plenty of private nooks for quiet reflection, or let the epic soundtrack that plays gently in the background inspire a victory with the larger-than-life chess set. Its two restaurants — one grab-and-go, one elegantly sit-down — are open for breakfast and lunch too.

And don't forget about the DJ Brunch Series: the beats-and-bubbly event rotates through participating HARWOOD District restaurant patios from noon-3 pm every Saturday through July.

With Harwood No. 10 on the horizon comes La Rue Perdue, a pedestrian passageway that connects to the neighboring building. The charming side street of shops and restaurants will include one more important addition: more patios.



Summer Fiesta with Dallasites101

For the second year in a row, Dallasites101 celebrated their anniversary with the HARWOOD District at The Grove at Harwood in the form one of one, big SUMMER FIESTA!

Guests enjoyed jams by Northern National and beats from DJ Blake Ward, drink specials from Lone Star Tequila and Local Press, lawn games, volleyball and special popups from our vendors!

Check out the video and photos below from the event and stay tuned for more events in HARWOOD!



Happiest Hour's Summer Lunch Lineup

Happiest Hour rolls out a refreshing summer lunch lineup with fare that's light and fresh. Here's a look at these offerings that are served daily from 11:30 AM - 3 PM: 

  • Blackened Ahi Tuna Salad
    Sliced cucumber, chopped Brussels sprouts, and perfectly grilled ahi tuna top a bed of fresh romaine lettuce. Garnished with avocado, scallions, cilantro, and poquillos then served with Black Garlic Vinaigrette. 

  • Turkey BLT
    A lunch favorite taken to the next level. Stacked on sourdough, Happiest Hour's Turkey BLT features a delicious avocado aioli you can't resist. 
  • Steak Salad
    Topped with Fresno chilis, Happiest Hour's new steak salad has a bit of a kick. Dressed with summery Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette and fresh sliced avocado. 

  • Seared Salmon Salad
    Tarragon is the star ingredient of the Seared Salmon Salad. The refreshing aroma and flavor nicely complements the omega-rich seared salmon and the Red Wine Vinaigrette.

HARWOOD District tenants craving a taste of these new offerings can look forward to a special announcement on June 15, 2017. 

View Happiest Hour's full menu of burgers, flatbreads, entrées, and more at LIke Happiest Hour on Facebook and follow @happiesthourdal on Instagram






Sendai Delegation visits HARWOOD

The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection recently welcomed very special guests from the City of Sendai, led by Vice Mayor Akira Fujimoto. Along with leaders of the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, guests explored The Samurai Collection and learned the story behind one of Harwood International Inc.'s latest developments, The Rolex Building.

The Samurai Collection is open Tuesday through Sunday and is free to the public. Recurring monthly events include Family Day and the After-Hours Cocktail Tour. Learn more about these events by clicking hereLike The Samurai Collection on Facebook and follow @samuraimuseum on Twitter and Instagram



Kengo Kuma Visits HARWOOD

Last week, HARWOOD District was honored with a visit from Kengo Kuma, world-renowned architect who was also selected to design the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium. He toured the new @rolex building with HDF architects to see his design coming to life!



Marvel at the Cool New Buildings Helping to Shape Dallas

Paying homage to an area’s history while boldly shaping its future is something that’s incredibly hard to pull off — unless you’re talking about the HARWOOD District.

There are important nods to Dallas’ past scattered throughout these 18 city blocks, the most recognizable being the mural outside Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar and the eatery’s building itself, which was built in 1927 as the city’s first school for Hispanic children.

On the second floor is The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection, which houses the world’s largest collection of samurai armor and objects outside of Japan. The museum, which has free admission, is so renowned that even couture design house Hermès used it as inspiration for its latest scarf collection. You can also spot pieces from the collection in the lobbies of each of the HARWOOD District buildings.

There are also groundbreaking new buildings going up from developer Harwood International which will contribute to the HARWOOD District’s lasting impact on Dallas as a whole.

HDF architects has had a lot to do with giving the HARWOOD District its many distinctive looks. The award-winning, in-house firm is behind the intimate Parisian setting of Mercat Bistro, the chic and relaxed atmosphere of Magnolias: Sous Le Pont, and the massively welcome vibe projected by Happiest Hour.

The architecture and design firm partners with international architects to help shape the district, including some of its most high-profile upcoming structures: Bleu Ciel, Harwood No. 10, and the new Rolex building.

Designed in collaboration with Paris-based Jean-Michel Wilmotte (who designed the Musée d’Orsay), the luxury condo tower Bleu Ciel will redefine the Dallas skyline with its floor-to-ceiling glass walls and sweeping terraces. Curated garden environments designed by world-renowned landscape architect Sadafumi Uchiyama will add to the resort-like ambiance.

The same firm selected to design the stadium for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo is also a partner on the new Rolex Building. Kengo Kuma & Associates and HDF crafted a seven-story building with 56,422 square feet of office spaces. World-renowned landscape architect Sadafumi Uchiyama has included a Japanese-inspired tiered garden featuring rampart stone walls at the base of the building, with reflecting pools and cascading waterfalls spilling over the sides. A motor court is nestled within the gardens and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks tie the site to the gardens of Saint Ann Court.

Harwood No. 10 will also create a new kind of high-rise by exploring the relationship between interior space and the outdoors, and will be designed 100-percent in-house. The 22 stories of office, retail, and restaurant space will be broken up by outdoor terraces, redefining the typical “box” space. On the 10th floor will be a 12,000-square-foot garden and fitness pavilion, including a squash court and golf simulator. A pedestrian passageway dividing this building from its neighbor will be transformed into La Rue Perdue, a charming side street of shops, restaurants, and patios.

So next time you’re in the HARWOOD District, stop and take a good look around — soon, it’s going to look even better.



8 Stress Relieving Stretches You Can Do at Your Desk

By Special Guest Mai Lyn Ngo, founder of

For many that work in an office, it's easy to forget to get up and move. Having worked in a corporate setting, it's crazy how hours can fly by, hunched over a keyboard while trying to meet deadlines, answer emails, and finish projects without so much as a bathroom break. Sound familiar?

Regardless of pressing deadlines, taking a few minutes for yourself throughout the day can improve your concentration, mood, and lessen stress. I worked with Cubefit Yoga, a corporate yoga company, to show you 8 simple stress relieving stretches you can do at your desk. And guess what? It's actually yoga! Anyone of any age, fitness levels, and experience can do it. Bendy pretzel bodies not required.

4 Moves You Can Do While Seated

You can do all of these seated poses in sequence or one or two when the mood strikes. They can all be done at your desk and don't require any equipment or even a change of clothes. While the moves may look simple, they do a whole lot of good for the body.


As a tenant in the HARWOOD District, you can also take these stretches to one of the many gardens throughout the neighborhood or to the gym! Hope you took away some great tips from this post. Trying any of these stretches will hopefully bring awareness to your body and how stiff it can feel after sitting for long periods of time. You only have one body, so show it some love. 


Mai Lyn Ngo is a Dallas-based food & fitness blogger with a motto all of us can live by: “I workout to eat.” She founded Deep Fried Fit to share her unconditional love of food and fitness, while promoting a balanced lifestyle of green juice and fried chicken. She hopes to inspire readers to step out of their comfort zones and try new things, whether it be a trendy restaurant or hot fitness craze. Mai Lyn has also been featured as an "influencer to follow" in several leading publications in Dallas; including Modern Luxury, CW33, D Magazine and GuideLive. When she's not working out, you can find her binge watching shows on Hulu or soaking up the sun on a patio with a cold one (in each hand).


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