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Upscale’ Mexican restaurant among latest tenants coming to Mauldin development

Ross Norton //February 16, 2023//

Upscale’ Mexican restaurant among latest tenants coming to Mauldin development

Ross Norton //February 16, 2023//

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Three more businesses have signed on at BridgeWay Station, bringing the search for retail tenants almost to a close for the Mauldin development.

Hughes Investments Inc. said in a news release that El Guapo Mexican restaurant, Le Chic Nails Lounge, and a coworking space called The Works at BridgeWay have joined enterprises ready to place their placards at the new development. BridgeWay Station this morning had just one remaining empty retail spot, the news release said.

El Guapo is billed as an upscale Mexican restaurant, brought to BridgeWay Station by Dean White, entrepreneur, investor and dealmaker based out of Charlotte. White opened Fiore Lounge in Charlotte in 2017, an American cocktail, wine and tapas restaurant in the heart of Ballantyne Village. White’s newest venture, El Guapo, will occupy 4,500 square feet of ground floor retail space on BridgeWay Boulevard, and will feature both indoor and outdoor dining, the release said.

“We are very excited to welcome El Guapo to the ‘Dining District’ at BridgeWay Station,” Phil Hughes, owner and president of Hughes Investments Inc., said in the release. “My whole family loves Mexican food, and we’re very excited about their incredible plans for BridgeWay. They are a perfect fit with their exciting atmosphere and delicious food.”

Le Chic Nails Lounge will occupy 2,850 square feet of ground floor retail space on BridgeWay Station’s Main Street. The nail salon will offer a variety of manicures, pedicures, specialized nail art and waxing services. This will be the second salon by Owner Ashley Tran, who owns Rosy Nails and Spa on North Pleasantburg Drive at E. North Street.

Tran said in the release that her goals are to make customers feel rewarded and relaxed with each beauty treatment, and leave her salon with a sense of renewed vitality.

“At BridgeWay, we’re building a community,” Hughes said in the release. “We’re thrilled for our exciting new restaurants, and we’re equally excited for these two new spaces — Le Chic Nails Lounge and The Works at BridgeWay — that will serve the residents and community in different ways. We see these tenants not only as amenities for our community members, but also as ways to keep our tenant mix well-rounded, serving a multitude of desires and needs.”

The Works at BridgeWay will occupy approximately 2,000 square feet of ground floor retail space adjacent to the residential lobby. The Works will be managed by Hughes Investments Inc. and will offer memberships to both residents of BridgeWay Station and non-residents, with priority given to on-site apartment residents. The Works will feature four private offices, community high-top tables, community banquettes, a private office room, and an onsite kitchenette, providing a collaborative environment for entrepreneurs, small businesses and hybrid workers.

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El Guapo, Le Chic Nails Lounge, and The Works at BridgeWay join Cohesive Coffee, Belladina’s Italian Market, The Junkyard, Plum: A Lifestyle Boutique, Yogi’s Cups and Cones, Cocobowlz, City Market at BridgeWay Station, BridgeWay Brewery, Old Europe Desserts, Stella’s Restaurant Group, Rocco and The Plank by Dine Development Group, and Table 301 as other retail tenants. This comprises 96% of the project’s retail space. Poogan’s Southern Kitchen, a previously announced tenant, will no longer be a part of BridgeWay Station, the release said. The remaining 3,000 square feet of 6,000 square feet of space originally leased to Poogan’s Southern Kitchen is the last retail space available. BridgeWay Station broke ground in April 2021 and is currently under construction, featuring 69,939 square feet of retail, 210,824 square feet of residential, 81,000 square feet of institutional development (GREEN Charter Upstate High School), 75,000 square feet of office, 24,691 square feet of plaza and pavilion public space, and more than five acres of parks connected to the Swamp Rabbit Trail via a new pedestrian bridge spanning Interstate 385. The pedestrian bridge, also still under construction, is slated to open within the next few weeks. The BridgeWay Station’s grand opening is slated for this spring.