From shopping to dining: Local businesses making moves to Wolflin Square

From shopping to dining: Local businesses making moves to Wolflin Square

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Leal's Restaurants have decades of history in West Texas, with 14 years in Amarillo.

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For owner Victor Leal, the experience has been a positive one.

"We've had tremendous reception here, all the folks in Amarillo and surrounding towns have been very, very gracious to us," said Leal.

However, as businesses grow, the space needs to fit.

"Simply put, we've just outgrown this space," said Leal. "It's been a fabulous location for us but we seat about 150 people."

A move is now in the works to go from Wellington Square to the Shops at Wolfin Square. With more than 10,000 square feet of space sitting vacant in the old Furr's location, the restaurant plans to take more than 80-percent of that space.

"We get to do a lot of the things now in the new location that we're not able to do here," said Leal.

They will now be able to sit about 250 people, with seating for 100 people in a banquet space, and will also have a larger bar, a patio-style addition and a new feature following a family tradition.

"We've been in the tortilla business since about 1920, so almost 100 years," said Leal. "We're going to be making our corn flour tortillas up front in a really cool kitchen area where people can see that."

For the Shops at Wolflin Square, the newest tenant is a welcomed one.

"Any time you have an opportunity to partner with a multigenerational business with a track record of success, that's just a special day," said Austin Sharp, Vice President of the Mays Group.

Also moving into a corner of the old Furr's space in the southwest end of the square is clothing store Makie Black Boutique.

At the southeast corner, party and play venue for children, Little Bees Play House, is preparing to move in.

On the west end, recently-closed Taste Dessert Bar is rebranding as Imbibe Cocktail Company, now specializing in events and catering.

In addition to new tenants, Wolflin Square is also putting on quarterly events like community markets and movie nights to bring in new customers.

"It gets people to the center, it draws awareness," said Sharp. "You usually see a sales spike on the day of the actual event, but the most important thing is we'll get new people coming to Wolflin Square that will say things like, 'Oh, I didn't know that business was here.'"

As for Leal's, they say the new move will help them better serve the community.

"We look at it as just one more way that we get to serve the folks of Amarillo and the surrounding areas," said Leal. "It has been the honor of our lives, for our family, for our staff to get to serve and this just gives us a better tool to do it with."

With renovations still in the works at the old Furr'slocation, Leal's expects to move in by January of next year.

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