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New European-Inspired Market Fig & Favor Becomes 12th Concept for Harwood Hospitality Group in Dallas’ ‘Walk to Life’ Neighborhood

By David Seeley / April 10, 2023 / Dallas Innovates

New European-Inspired Market Fig & Favor Becomes 12th Concept for Harwood Hospitality Group in Dallas’ ‘Walk to Life’ Neighborhood

You’ll see plenty of vehicles moving through the 19-block Harwood District northwest of downtown Dallas. But increasingly, you’ll see something else: people walking. And not the kind of walking you do on the Katy Trail to burn calories. It’s walking, strolling, and exploring with destinations in mind.

Now the “Walk to Life” neighborhood has added one destination: Fig & Favor, a local market concept from Harwood Hospitality Group, is now open at 2850 N. Harwood Street, Suite 110.

It’s the 12th hospitality concept from HHG, a division of Dallas-based global real estate firm Harwood International. Fig & Favor has been curated and designed to fit with HHG’s other concepts in the neighborhood: Dolce Riviera, Elephant East, Happiest Hour, Harwood Arms, Magnolias: Sous Le Pont, Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens, Mercat Bistro, Poco Fiasco, Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar, Te Deseo, and The Grove at Harwood.

The 1,000-square-foot Fig & Favor market is located in Harwood’s cobblestoned La Rue Perdue, a narrow, walkable, European-like pathway lined with 14,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The market offers “daily essentials, gifts, gelato, meals on the go, and an impressive wine program,” HHG says.

Adding one more reason for the district’s ’94 Walk Score’

The Harwood District currently has a 94 “Walk Score” from a neighborhood rating division of Redfin, which classifies Harwood as a “walker’s paradise” where daily errands don’t require a car and where attractions like the Dallas Arts District and Klyde Warren Park can be reached on foot as well.

Harwood International established the district in 1984 with the opening of the Rolex building, the first office development in Uptown Dallas. Today it says that over 100 notable dining, art, shopping, and entertainment venues can be found within a 10-minute walk.

Solving a ‘missing component’ in the district

Fig & Favor’s offerings are curated by Taylor Kearney, HHG’s VP of culinary, and Hospitality VP Warren Richards, and add something the district had been missing, Kearney says.

“With eleven existing Harwood concepts, a market has been a missing component in the district,” Kearney said in a statement. “We took our customer’s favorites from its sister concepts and put them all together at Fig & Favor. Look forward to Dolce Rivera’s pasta dishes to take home for an easy dinner, Magnolia: Sous Le Pont’s coffee beans, a sandwich inspired by Mercat Bistro’s, and steak and jerky from our HWD Beef program, just to name a few.”

Designed by Harwood’s in-house team like ‘a corner shop’ in Bordeaux

Fig & Favor was designed by HDF, Harwood International’s in-house design and architecture team, to offer “a clean, light, bright, and airy facade to bring in the outdoors.” The design incorporates “antique woods, brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, and woven accents with tones of white and green to display the rustic charm of a residential pantry style.”

“Fig & Favor is curated for the local provisions creating a sense of community to work and live,” HDF Design Director Melinda Clark said in a statement. “It’s more than just your typical marketplace. We designed the space to feel intimate, fresh, and cozy—as though you’ve left Dallas and found yourself in a corner shop on a charming street in Bordeaux, France. You can expect to find a fix for your snacking cravings, a bottle of wine fit for a client gift, and a perfectly balanced shot of espresso.”

Offering wines that line the menus of nearby restaurants
“The restaurants of The Harwood District are becoming increasingly well known for their wine lists,” said Richards. “From the wines of the Italian peninsula at Dolce Riviera to the wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and beyond at Mercat, our celebration of Spanish and Latin American wines at Te Deseo, this new concept allows us to embrace the world of wine through the eyes of our sommelier team.”

Richards added that “affordable wines for the experimental wine-drinker” and “underexposed wines from esteemed and celebrated winemakers” will also be on offer.

In addition, HHG says it’s launching its Harwood Wine Club, offering three tiers: A.O.C., Premier Cru, and Grand Cru. “There’s a package for every type of oenophile and within each tier members can select to receive three, six, or 12 sommelier-selected bottles each month,” HHG said.

For visiting urban strollers, a 22-story boutique hotel is coming this summer

Harwood International is currently under development on a 22-story boutique hotel, Hȏtel Swexan, which will also be operated by HHG and is slated to open this summer.

As we wrote in December, the hotel aims to be a little bit Swiss, a little bit Texan, and a whole lot of gleaming, mirrored modernism. Its name was inspired by the idea of “Swiss meets Texan,” a nod to Harwood International founders’ generations of Swiss-Texan family heritage.

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Harwood International, the global Dallas-based real estate firm today, announced the company’s flagship boutique hotel property, Hôtel Swexan.

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