The developer behind bold downtown Dallas makeover

The developer behind bold downtown Dallas makeover

You can’t accuse Mike Hoque of thinking small.

In the last 20 years, he’s grown his business from limousines and event management into one of the largest restaurant operators in downtown Dallas.

His Main Street eateries, including Dallas Chop House, Wild Salsa and Dallas Fish Market, are local favorites.

Now, the 43-year-old Bangladesh-born businessman is playing in the property big leagues with a proposal for a massive Dallas redevelopment project. For the last few years, he’s been buying up blocks of scruffy real estate on the backside of downtown.

The area between Dallas’ city hall and the Interstate 30 canyon is the last large undeveloped section of the central business district.

Teaming up with North Texas’ biggest commercial developer — Toyota headquarters builder KDC — Hoque is proposing an eight-block area of towers and greenspace that would connect downtown with the nearby Cedars neighborhood.

As large as some suburban development sites, the property is in the shadow of Dallas’ skyline.

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