Kona Grill will open in W. 7th area

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Kona Grill, where the specialties include Big Island Meatloaf, sweet-chile glazed salmon and pad Thai noodles, is preparing to join the mix on West Seventh Street.

The 7,500-square-foot restaurant will open later this year at the intersection of Crockett Street and University Drive, according to developer Cypress Equities.

It will become Kona Grill's fifth Texas location and second in the Metroplex. It has a location at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

The Arizona-based restaurant chain provides contemporary cuisine made from scratch, including sandwiches, flatbreads, soups and an assortment of entrees. Diners may also enjoy the restaurant's full sushi bar, as well as designer cocktails.

"This addition will provide our guests with even greater dining options and further establish West Seventh as one of the most popular destinations for Tarrant County foodies," said Michael Wheat, Cypress Equities' executive vice president.

Steve Ewing with EDGE Realty Partners represented the tenant. Rodger Chieffalo with Chieffalo Realty represented the landlord.

Family matter

It's still a family affair at Claffey Pools in Southlake.

The 27-year-old company, which has built more than 6,000 pools, is now run by a second generation of Claffeys: brothers Charlie and Brian and sister Shelly Claffey-Broder.

Late last year, the company was honored as a winner of the Texas Family Business of the Year Award from the Baylor University Institute for Family Business. (It won among medium-sized businesses, with 50-150 employees.)

The awards are given annually to businesses based on the level of family involvement, service to the community and strong performance.

The Baylor honor joined a bunch of other commendations that cover the walls of the company's headquarters on Brumlow Avenue. But in the eyes of her children, all of the professional awards pale in comparison to one that Barbara Claffey gave her kids last year.

"We bought the business from Mom and Dad on a 10-year note, and paid them off last year," Shelly said. "Mom gave us an award for it."

The award consisted of three puzzle pieces that spelled out a message to her children when they were put together.

"It says 'Congratulations! You did it the old fashioned way. You earned it.'" Charlie said.

Shelly said they didn't know any other way to do it.

"From Day One, our dad instilled in us to do the right thing, to take care of the customer," she said. "We have to feel good about our decisions, and keeping our word is more important to us than anything."

-- Terry Evans

Texas quality award

Arlington-based Texas Health Resources is one of two Texas companies being recognized for outstanding quality by the annual Texas Award for Performance Excellence, a state effort patterned after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The Quality Texas Foundation has presented the awards since 1994.

Cynthia St. John, director of THR's Journey to Excellence program, said the award looks at both processes in place at organizations as well as results. For example, processes in the workforce category might produce the result of high employee retention rates, St. John said.

Other process categories are leadership, planning, customer focus and operations. Results categories include those areas and financial outcomes. St. John said THR will receive a feedback report from Quality Texas, which it intends to use when it pursues a Baldrige award.

"The award confirms we're on the right path in our strategy to transform the delivery of healthcare and become the provider of choice in North Texas," Doug Hawthorne, THR's chief executive, said in a prepared release.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano received the award in 2008.

THR no longer enters individual hospitals in the program, St. John said.

Past local recipients include Cook Children's Health Care System and the Weatherford school district in 2011, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine in 2009 and Freese and Nichols in 2007.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727

sabaker@star-telegram.com

Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552

jfuquay@star-telegram.com

Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718

barry@star-telegram.com

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