Will Churchill and Corrie Watson, owners of Frank Kent Motors, said they expect to open Kent & Co. Wines on the city’s near south side in May — an upscale wine bar that will also serve as an automotive drop-off service center.
They say the concept is unique in the United States, though it’s not their first wine venture.
The owners of Frank Kent Motors, which sells Hondas and Cadillacs, bought an 8,000-square-foot property at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Adams Street for the project last fall, and construction began this month.
The building will also showcase a rotating collection of their hottest new and classic cars.
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“The location will be very convenient for our clients who live and work near downtown,” said Will Churchill. “They will be able to drop off their car before work or after work, and can get to their destination via our chauffeur service or a loaned vehicle.”
Construction began this month on the “industrial-chic” project. It will feature refined wood, metals, brick walls, garage-style doors, luxury leathers and modern furniture and fixtures, as well as hints of the Frank Kent signature purple hue. Plans include a large patio with an outdoor fireplace, along with bar and lounge seating inside.
Kent & Co. Wines, which is developing their own private label, will initially offer fine wines, cheeses and desserts. Wine will also be available for purchase.
Watson and Churchill, Frank Kent’s great-grandchildren, also operate Cadillac Wines, a hummus bar and 1,600-bottle boutique wine shop inside Frank Kent Cadillac in southwest Fort Worth.
Omni Fort Worth celebrates fifth birthday
The Omni Fort Worth Hotel celebrated its fifth anniversary earlier this week. To show the impact it’s had on the city, it released some fun facts about what’s happened since the confetti-filled opening ceremony on Jan. 12, 2009.
For example, the hotel’s Bob’s Steak & Chop House location has served 95,000 steaks and 150,000 carrots, while all its restaurants have had 2.6 million tickets, or bills. About 163,000 bottles of wine have been served at the hotel, located across Houston Street from the Fort Worth Convention Center.
The hotel has hosted 167 weddings and other receptions, and served 1.4 million people at banquets. And the 614-room hotel has had 750,000 occupied room nights. Employees have worked 3.9 million hours, the hotel said.
Jaycees trying to revive
The Fort Worth Jaycees Past Presidents and Fellow’s Club is close to having the Fort Worth Jaycees reinstated and will host their final membership drive next week.
The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Sammie’s BBQ, 3801 Belknap St. It is open to women and men between the ages of 21 and 40. Initial dues are $60.
Logan Swords, president of the group, said the organization needs 20 new members to be reactivated, a Texas and U.S. Jaycees requirement. The group’s past presidents recently began a push to reactivate the club.
“We are confident that we will exceed the minimum number of 20 new members and once again be seen in 2014,” Swords said.
The Fort Worth Jaycees began in 1932 but disbanded in 2010. Throughout the years, the club sponsored many community projects such as the city Christmas tree downtown, the Miss Fort Worth Pageant, and the Outstanding Young Leader and Outstanding Young Educator of Fort Worth programs.
Boston Proper in Southlake
Boston Proper, a brand of women’s apparel retailer Chico’s, will open its first Texas store this spring at Southlake Town Square.
The 1,897-square-foot store will be located near Chico’s, in the center of the Grand Avenue district.
“Southlake Town Square is already home to three of the Chico brands, including White House Black Market, Soma Intimates and Chico’s, which are some of the highest performing locations in the country,” said Jason Kasal, vice president and a senior leasing director with Retail Properties of America, which owns the shopping center.