A $145 million re-imagining and renovation has transformed The Shops at Willow Bend into a multi-faceted core for shopping, dining, and entertainment in Plano. In addition to Plano Children’s Theater, the Crayola Experience and Equinox, Willow Bend has opened “The District” a new restaurant area that is home to local chef-driven restaurants, second-story terraces, and a grand entrance to the property.
Restaurants at The District
The first five restaurants are now open completing a significant milestone in Willow Bend’s evolution into a phenomenal dining and entertainment destination:
Dallas-based Australian-style coffee shop, Ascension Cafe, is a European-inspired company that offers various types of coffee, pastries and lunch options. This coffee shop and wine bar has a fun twist; stop by and show your ID to get a wristband and a glass of wine and wander the mall shopping and sipping wine.
Mexican Bar Co.
Texas-born Mexican Bar Co. offers the full scope of Mexican cuisine; handmade corn tortilla tacos, freshly prepared ceviche, guacamole, salsa, and an exceptional selection of regional dishes. James Beard featured Chef Patricio Sandoval stays true to the classic delicacies of Mexico and its legendary food markets while adding his renowned layers of flavors. Additionally, the restaurant uses a rustic wood and coal-burning grill to prepare meat, whole fish, poultry and vegetables adding a key touch of authenticity and flavor.
Knife is the highly anticipated restaurant created by nationally acclaimed, James Beard-nominated and Bravo’s “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar. A reinvention of the steakhouse experience, the restaurant features all-natural born and raised Texas beef, pork and lamb in dry-aged prime cuts and specialty cuts such as chuck flap, beef tongue, and Akaushi beef.
From the brothers that started the popular Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill in Dallas, Terra Mediterranean originated in Fort Worth with the same carefully prepared, fresh, and delicious meals. The restaurant is known for creating authentic dishes featuring staples of the Mediterranean diet. The combination of fresh fruits and vegetables, quality meats and seafood, and authentic international ingredients create flavors that are distinctly delicious.
Serving tasty, juicy, and crunchy chicken in a variety of ways. Whistle Britches‘ pickle-brined bird, farm-fresh ingredients and soulful cooking will leave you wanting more because comfort food never goes out of style. Don’t leave without tasting their fresh buttermilk biscuits and inventive cocktails.
Açaí & Alchemy, described as a “superfood lab,” is expected to open spring 2019.
Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas
Cinépolis USA, a leading world-class cinema exhibitor known for its enhanced movie-going concepts, will be the latest addition to the mall’s growing roster of entertainment options with the 2020 opening of Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Plano. The 10-screen, 40,000-square-foot multiplex will be the cinematic entertainment anchor for Willow Bend.
The third upgraded and further-enhanced cinema house and fully cohesive restaurant set to open in Texas, Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Plano will add to Cinépolis USA’s Luxury movie theater category. Theater auditoriums will offer guests fully reclining leather seats, a full Luxury Cinemas Menu and in-theater waiter service available for guests to order dine-in food direct to their seat at the push of a button, or to order in advance through the Cinépolis USA mobile app.
In an effort to provide a place where guests can feel pampered before, during and after watching a film, Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas feature sophisticated and approachable décor, cutting-edge sound and projection technology, an elegant lobby space, kid-friendly menu items, gourmet snacks and a curated selection of beer, wine and cocktails help create the ultimate movie going destination. In addition, the theater space will be fully integrated into Willow Bend, with a direct mall entrance providing guests with easy access to world-class retail.
Screening movies seven days a week, Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Plano will provide an exciting new experience for visitors.
More About The Shops at Willow Bend
The Shops at Willow Bend offers visitors a unique blend of Texas-style ambiance and world-class shopping. The center is anchored by Dillard’s, Macy’s and Neiman Marcus. With stores like H&M, Banana Republic, American Eagle, Swarovski and Sephora everything you need is around the bend, The Shops at Willow Bend. Plus, Restoration Hardware, Z Gallerie and Crate & Barrel make The Shops at Willow Bend the premier destination for stylish home decor.
The inspiration for The Shops at Willow Bend comes from the turn of the 20th century architecture and interior design’s movement to prairie-style. You can see it in the lush landscaping, soft lighting, rich wood, masonry, and etched glass. You can feel it in the cascading fountains, the spacious parking garages, the openness of the walkways, and the comfortable and convenient seating.
The redevelopment of The Shops at Willow Bend is rolling out in phases through 2020, so there is more excitement to come!
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