Fort Worth’s popular downtown restaurant, Little Red Wasp Kitchen + Bar, is expected to open a second location in Southlake’s Kimball Park in 2019. The casual eatery will be adjacent to the Cambria Hotel and Offices at Kimball Park inside the third building to be completed at the 15.5 acre mixed-use commercial development.
Known for “fork + knife sandwiches,” including customer favorite Crispy Chicken, in addition to daily and nightly features, like Shrimp + Grits and Spaghetti + Meatballs, Little Red Wasp also serves up unique starters, soups, salads, brunch favorites, imported and local craft beers, and a full bar. Little Red Wasp, the casual sister restaurant to Fort Worth’s fine-dining restaurant Grace, is owned by Dain “Adam” Jones, restauranteur and founder of DAJ Restaurant Management.
“Based on demographics, Southlake is a great fit for Little Red Wasp and Kimball Park offers the perfect, convenient location right along Texas State Highway 114,” stated Jones. “I live in Tarrant County. My chef lives in Tarrant County. Most of our staff live here, too. It’s important for us to be a part of the market we serve and we’re excited to expand to Southlake,” adding that capital is currently being raised for the Southlake location, which is expected to open late summer 2019.
Within Kimball Park, Little Red Wasp will occupy 5,500 square feet of a recently completed building that also has 4,000 square feet of available space designated for a health spa.
Kimball Park is also home to the 175-room Cambia Hotel, which opened in December 2016 and the Offices at Kimball Park, which was completed in August 2017. Major tenants of the Offices at Kimball Park include Keller Williams, Liberty Mutual, Independence Title and Executive Medicine.
“Currently, 100,000 square feet of the building’s total 112,423 square feet have been leased. We recently signed GP Construction and Kindred Homes, both of which are scheduled to move into their leased spaces with the next 90 days,” stated Jeffrey Medici of Medici Development Partners, the developer of Kimball Park. “There are two restaurant lots remaining within Kimball Park and we anticipate moving forward with the development of those lots by the end of 2018.”
The transformation of Southlake’s eastern gateway took a giant step forward December 3 with the opening of Cambria Southlake DFW North. The 175-room hotel anchors Kimball Park, a mixed-use commercial development underway at the northwest corner of State Highway 114 and Kimball Avenue.
What was once the site of a large MESCO metal fabrication facility since the 1950s is now a 15.5-acre project that will combine the Cambria hotel with office, retail and restaurants into a walkable, park-like setting.
“This piece of property is a Cinderella story with a happy ending,” said Southlake Mayor Laura Hill. “Not only are we thrilled to welcome a new hotel to our city, but this provides another reason for people to visit – and contribute sales tax dollars – to Southlake.”
The Cambria hotel joins the Hilton Southlake Town Square in contributing to the seven percent hotel occupancy tax, which funds the city’s Tourism Division that was created in 2009 to proactively bring visitors to Southlake.
“Although I spend a majority of my time promoting tourism to non-residents and touting the benefits of Southlake, it’s equally important for our citizens and local business owners to realize the importance of tourism in our community and support our hotels,” explained Jill Lind, Southlake’s tourism and marketing manager.
Described as “upscale, but never uptight,” Cambria Southlake combines a contemporary environment and comfortable furnishings with smart technology and sought-after amenities to provide business travelers and local visitors a new hotel experience:
According to Sam Cannon, general manager of Cambria Southlake DFW North, the upscale boutique hotel incorporates many elements that the Cambria chain is known for, but the property has been customized, and upgraded, for this market.
“The Southlake hotel continues the Cambria brand of being comfortable, contemporary and technically advanced – allowing guests to sit down and relax or be productive on the road. But, we’ve taken it to the next level with larger rooms, free and faster wi-fi, a guest texting platform, and 55” smart televisions in every room that allow for unlimited streaming,” states Cannon. “We’ve also gone to great lengths to make this property reflect the region and the city, featuring Southlake-specific references and curated art by Texas artisans – from the hand-blown glass longhorn in the lobby to the sliding barn doors in the bathrooms.”
Patrick Barrett of Fillmore Hospitality, the developer and management company of the hotel, believes the “relaxed, Texas chic” atmosphere will appeal to business travelers, along with close proximity to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, that the hotel is targeting during the week.
“Our research indicates that approximately 20 percent of business travelers to Southlake end up staying in Grapevine because there are no rooms available here,” Barrett stated, noting that is not the only reason Southlake was chosen as the second location in Texas for a Cambria Hotel & Suites (with the other property being in Plano). “Southlake is a dynamic, growing community and we saw the need for more hotel rooms. We feel this upscale property will do well here and be embraced by the local residents.”
In honor of the holiday season – and to let local residents take a first-hand look – hotel management is hosting “Santa Comes to Cambria” December 17 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The festivities include photos with Santa, a pancake breakfast (with coffee and cocoa), cookie decorating station, and tours of the property. The event is free and online reservations can be made via the hotel’s Facebook page.
Cambria Southlake DFW North is located at 2104 E. State Highway 114. For more information or reservations, visit www.CambriaSouthlakeDFW.com or call 817-329-1010.
This article was provided by Tracy Southers with WordPlay, LLC.
Cambria® hotel & suites Southlake DFW North, located along State Highway 114 minutes from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, is 80 percent complete and scheduled to open in November. Exterior bricking will be finished this month on the four-story building and interior work is well underway, including painting, floor tile and installation of kitchen equipment.
As the second hotel to open in Southlake, the 175-room property includes an on-site restaurant and lounge, fitness center, outdoor pool, and 5,000 square feet of event space. Cambria Southlake DFW North anchors Kimball Park, a mixed-use development under construction at the northwest corner of State Highway 114 and Kimball Avenue in Southlake.
Cambria hotel & suites is an “upscale, but never uptight” brand within Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world’s largest hotel companies. This is the second Cambria property to open in Texas. Cambria Southlake DFW North is being developed in conjunction with Fillmore Capital Partners and Fillmore Hospitality. For more information, visit www.cambriasouthlakedallas.com or call 817-416-4396.
This press release was provided to the City of Southlake by the Cambria hotel and suites Southlake DFW North.
Development in Southlake continues as the new Cambria hotel & suites Southlake DFW North in Kimball Park moves closer to it’s grand opening in a few short months.
One of the world’s largest hotel companies, Fillmore Capital Partners and developer Fillmore Hospitality announced two appointments for the new Cambria hotel & suites Southlake DFW North opening October 15: Sam Cannon has been named general manager. The 175-room hotel is anchoring Kimball Park, a mixed-use development under construction at the northwest corner of State Highway 114 and Kimball Avenue in Southlake.
As general manager of the full-service hotel, Cannon will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations, hiring staff and leading local community relations activities.
With 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Cannon brings a wealth of knowledge to the Southlake location. Previously, Cannon served as the dual property general manager of Cambria hotel & suites and MainStay Suites in Rapid City, South Dakota. During Cannon’s more than four years of dual management, he oversaw the opening and staffing of one of the hotels, as well as directed both hotels in surpassing goals, brand standards and ratings, positioning both hotels in the top five within their respective brands. Before his dual management role, Cannon worked as the general manager for the historic Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City, where he moved the hotel from an independent to an affiliate hotel, re-positioned the property from a two diamond to a three diamond property with AAA, and oversaw other significant hotel achievements, including receiving several hospitality awards. Prior to management positions with hotels in South Dakota, Cannon held various leadership roles with hospitality institutions in Colorado, Michigan, Ohio and Texas.
Still under construction, the Cambria in Southlake continues to make progress towards its October grand opening. “Where everybody is somebody,” Cambria hotel & suites is an upscale brand within Choice Hotels, offering modern, stylish rooms for leisure and business travelers. Managed by Fillmore Hospitality and customized for the Southlake location, the four-story hotel will include an on-site restaurant and bar, fitness center, and complimentary high-speed WiFi throughout the property.
To see the progress live, CLICK HERE. For more information, visit www.CambriaHotelandSuites.com or call 817-416-4396.
Good weather has helped propel the developments of the Granite Place office building and the Cambria Hotel. Travelers along SH 114 may have recently noticed a couple things sprouting in Southlake that have nothing to do with plants.
The framing work on the Cambria Hotel at SH 114 and North Kimball Ave. has now reached the fourth floor of the 175-room project. The hotel, in the mixed use Kimball Park development, is expected to open this fall.
Further to the west along SH 114 near the Hilton Hotel in Town Square are foundation pilings rising out of the ground for the six-story, 160,000 square foot Granite Place office building. The office building is expected to be open by this Christmas and is the City’s first Class AA environment.
For more information about these projects, contact Economic Development and Tourism at 817-748-8037.