High-end dining wish comes true

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Lone Tree’s 2012 survey showed that its residents are largely a happy lot, save for a few things: Among them a wish for more high-end restaurants. In 2014, their patience will be rewarded.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille will open in the Park Meadows shopping center in 2014. The Perry’s chain includes 10 existing restaurants, nine of them in Texas. It is self-described as “casually elegant.”

Seasons 52, a fresh grill and wine bar, also will join Lone Tree’s roster of dining options. It is part of the Darden Restaurants chain, which includes Capital Grille, Olive Garden and Yard House.

The Texas-based Perry’s will be in a new exterior structure planned near The Vistas on the center’s west side. Perry’s food earned 26 out of 30 points from Zagat, which lists its average meal cost at $55. It consistently earns 4- to 4.5-star ratings on the 5-star system used for Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews.

Seasons 52 plans to build on the site of the former Champp’s restaurant, located outside the mall on its east side. It receives equally high praise from reviewers and the food scored 27 out of 30 points from Zagat. The average meal cost is about $40, according to Zagat. Florida-based Seasons 52 prides itself on offering a low-calorie alternative to most of its competitors.

Another more moderately priced restaurant, Lyfe Kitchen, will open in a portion of the space inside the mall that once housed the California Café. The Chicago-based company also features low-calorie entrees. It, too, has garnered high ratings from reviewers.

Park Meadows general manager Pamela Schenck-Kelly said contractors build between 32,000 and 100,000 square feet of new retail annually in at the shopping center.

“A lot of what we did in 2013, we really did a lot with women’s ready-to-wear,” she said, noting the expansion of White House/Black Market, and addition of Francesa’s and Athleta. “It’s natural that we’re now focusing on that category of food.”

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