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20-story residential tower to be built on former Hard Rock Cafe land

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Dallas-based Hunt Construction Group has been retained by investment group Stoneleigh Companies of Illinois to build a posh 20-floor residential and retail building at the corner of McKinney Avenue and Routh Street in Uptown. Construction is scheduled to begin by June and the first stage will be digging 65 feet deep to lay the foundation for a 480-vehicle parking garage. The tower will include 30,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space and 200 high-end luxury apartments upon the one-acre site. The land has been dormant for several years after the harsh razing of the historic building that housed the Hard Rock Cafe for a decade; across the street is the current construction of the new Whole Foods.


USA Film Festival launches their 44th Annual Spring Festival tonight at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station. The action will kick off with screenings of FADING GIGOLO and PARTICLE FEVER. John Turturro, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Mark Levinson are scheduled to be in appearance. The Spring Festival runs each night through Sunday; select tickets are still available.


The Dallas Morning News is asking people to chime in on what they think the future should hold for the city. To submit your ideas for possible inclusion in a June 15 edition, click on this link.


The crew over at Meddlesome Moth are celebrating their fourth anniversary by hosting a week-long party with rare beer. Matt Quenette is their beer director and has been hiding away select gems all year long in preparation for this one week so that the die-hard beer geeks will be tantalized by a fantastic menu. They are releasing info about the menu via their Facebook page at this link: