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 northwest corner of State Highway 114 and Kimball Avenue continues to transform into a welcoming gateway to the city. Kimball Park, the 15.5-acre mixed-use commercial development that anchors the area, is already home to Cambria Hotel & Suites and The Offices at Kimball Park. A third building is under construction that will add a restaurant and 4,000 square feet of retail space, including a day spa, to the development this year.
According to Kimball Park developer Jeff Medici, The Offices at Kimball Park – the city’s second stand-alone Class A office building – is 87 percent occupied and new tenants have moved in since the building was completed last summer. There are two remaining restaurant sites for sale and plans are in the works to begin development.
“As the final pieces of Kimball Park near completion, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say the entire development – originally envisioned in 2012 – is a home run for the City of Southlake,” Medici stated. “Kimball Park has brought jobs, hotel tax revenue and increased the city’s tax base by more 30 times since the land was purchased five years ago. ”
The Cambria, which is Southlake’s second hotel, has also seen changes since opening its doors in late 2016. A new management team has implemented aggressive sales strategies targeting business travelers, group meetings and social events, while also bringing in locals to its restaurant and lobby bar. In its first year, Cambria received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Loved By Guest award from Hotels.com, and was voted a top hotel by readers of Society Life.
“We believe the Cambria experience is unique, exciting and offers more sophisticated technology that other hotels don’t have,” said Beverly Brantley, Cambria’s director of sales and marketing. “One of our goals going forward is to continue to engage with the community and draw in residents from the local area with happy hour specials and live entertainment.”
For more information about Kimball Park, contact Medici Development Partners at 817-527-5601.
Known for its authentic Greek fare, original sauces and signature pasta, Taziki’s Mediterranean Café will open its first Texas location July 1. Located in Wyndham Plaza at 2750 E. Southlake Boulevard, suite 100, this is the 35th location in nine states. To celebrate the grand opening, a ribbon-cutting will be held July 1 at 10:30AM and the public is welcome to attend. Greg McElroy, who recently retired as a NFL quarterback and also played at The University of Alabama and Southlake Carroll, will be in attendance to celebrate Taziki’s support of Kids Matter International and his personal friend, Bryce Saldi.
Dallas resident, J.W. Mulkin, will serve as the operating partner for the 2,600 square foot Southlake location. A Birmingham native, where Taziki’s was founded in 1998, Mulkin is excited to bring Taziki’s to his new home state and plans on opening other locations throughout the Dallas area.
“I grew up a regular customer of Taziki’s and knew that I wanted to become a part of this growing company when I heard of the opportunity to expand in Texas,” stated Mulkin. “Southlake is a city that embraces new businesses and genuinely wants to help them succeed. When you are in Southlake, you get an intimate hometown feel. The people of Southlake carry that Southern charm that we as a company believe is the foundation of our customer service.”
The restaurant concept began after founder, Keith Richards, was inspired by Mediterranean cuisine during a trip to Greece. The menu will feature freshly grilled meats, original sauces and healthy side dishes, as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options. A best-selling dish at other locations, the Taziki’s Signature Pasta includes a bed of mixed lettuces with penne pasta and grilled chicken, tossed in homemade balsamic vinaigrette, topped with tomatoes, feta and fresh basil.
Diners may choose between rotating daily specials and fixed menu items for lunch or dinner. The Southlake location will feature indoor dining with Mediterranean-inspired décor, as well as al fresco dining on the patio. Take-out and catering options will also be available.
Taziki’s Mediterranean Café cares about making customers feel like family, but also shares a passion for charitable giving. Taziki’s takes pride in helping worthy causes through donations of food, time and funds. The Southlake location is honored to support Kids Matter International. The Texas-based nonprofit serves orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children locally and internationally.
“Every single Taziki’s location is involved with at least one charity as our way to give back to the community that supports us. We understand the importance of helping others who might not be as fortunate,” stated Mulkin, noting that the Southlake location will also make a donation to Bryce Saldi, a former Southlake Carroll High School football star who suffers from a debilitating brain injury.
For more information, visit Taziki’s online at TazikisCafe.com or call 817-203-8296.
Always striving to better serve its customers, Southlake’s Chick-fil-A reopened on Monday, July 15 with a new look. The restaurant closed temporarily on Saturday, June 1 for renovations. Crews worked for approximately six weeks to give the entire restaurant a make over.
Renovations included an extended kitchen, new front and back counters and updated decor. Other improvements include new paint, wood and decorative tile accents and enhanced lighting. Chick-fil-A Southlake says these changes will enhance the restaurant’s customer service to the community. Additionally, the restaurant features a beverage refresh station where guests can refill their drinks as they please.