"It was long, long, long process," Bill Cawley of CawleyInternational explains to GlobeSt.com. The lease was announcedabout three weeks ago, but VK time had everyone who could answerkey questions out of town until a few days ago.

Carlson's search started out three years ago with existinginventory in Dallas amid rumors, as recent as a few months ago,that it would just re-up at Park Central, owned by TrizecProperties of New York City. The restaurateur has special needsthat include test kitchen space and a culture that commands a classA address, explains Cawley, who led them to Park Central 10 yearsago.

When the existing inventory didn't fit the bill, Cawley turnedto talking about the B-T-S ops open in today's market. They lookedat many sites and ultimately settled, he confides, on "the lowestprice option that they looked at"--wooded acreage with a waterfeature. More importantly, the site is close to 80% of Carlson'semployees' homes. Marsh Office Partners Ltd. of Dallas, a group oflocal investors, owns the nine-acre tract at the crossroads ofHebron and Marsh lane.

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