Construction of Local Waterfront Restaurant Complex Continues


Sapphire Bay Development | Image by Sapphire Bay

The second phase of a waterfront restaurant complex project is set to begin in November. Located on Lake Ray Hubbard, the development is a part of the $1 billion Sapphire Bay mixed-use project.

The Sapphire Bay development is established off Interstate 30 in Rowlett. The land faces the lake, which the City of Dallas sold to the City of Rowlett in 2015.

The project includes various developments, such as a seven-acre lagoon and resort. The resort features boat rentals, boat dockage centers, and dock houses.

Sapphire Bay will include offices, retail spaces, luxury homes, and apartments. The restaurant is a key piece that helps completes the area and provide residents with a place to eat.

Developers announced the restaurant project, which they named Baywalk, in February. It will be handled by private investor SBM LLC and Dallas’ Retail Street Advisors.

The space is designed by Dallas architect Omniplan who also worked on Stream Realty Partners’ development on the Quadrangle in Uptown Dallas.

The marina restaurant complex specifically will take up to 108,446 square feet of land, according to planning documents filed with the state, and is estimated to cost roughly $3 million.

In a statement, Aaron Stephenson, speaking for Retail Street Advisors, said that Baywalk will be “the fun front porch of the Rowlett community and a convenient retreat for the D-FW region.”

Developers hope Baywalk will make for an engaging and memorable environment with its combination of water views, local cafes and pubs, and interactive outdoor settings.

For Omniplan’s team member Randy Stone, Baywalk’s attraction lies in its proximity to many DFW neighborhoods, allowing for easy access.

Stone added that the restaurant complex will serve a wide range of customers, from families who want to spend quality time together to sports enthusiasts who seek an exciting lakefront experience.

Stone noted, “This unique boardwalk experience with waterfront views will create a vibrant spot to unwind in a casual environment with friends and family, exactly what communities and restaurateurs are seeking today.”

Rowlett mayor Tammy Dana-Bashian sees beyond Baywalk’s offering of a great environment for Rowlett residents, as she believes the restaurant will be an attraction for “the greater Metroplex.”

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Bill Williams
Bill Williams
5 months ago

Little Rowlett finally grows up. I spoke to the then Mayor, Tom Leppert, of Dallas about selling Robertson Park to the City of Rowlett around 2002-2003. We coached youth basketball together.

Only took 12 years to put it together. Dallas policed and maintained the park from a distance. Never worked. Lights out or going out, huge pot holes, police car visits were rare. Rowlett needed to own it.

These big developments take years, financing falls out, you get new investors and they will have to navigate through a recession. It’s a beautiful design. Hope it looks like the rendering.

Hamann Laura
Hamann Laura
5 months ago

All I see right now are 5 houses! I thought it was going to be a resort/entertainment area, not a neighborhood!

Current Rowlett Resident
Current Rowlett Resident
5 months ago

How can you quote a person in this article who hasn’t been the mayor of Rowlett In over a year?

5 months ago

I really question the validity of the whole article. The only thing currently being constructed is houses and Dana-Bashain is not the mayor so wonder how you got a “direct quote” from her?!?