EpicCentral Grand Prairie Hotels, Restaurants & Conference Center Break Ground
Grand Prairie gets more entertainment options
Grande Prairie, Texas – At 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 21, 2021, the city of Grand Prairie and its hotel, conference center and restaurant partners will open the land at EpicCentral, 2960 Epic Place, Grand Prairie. The 172-acre park site is located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex next to the George W. Bush Toll Freeway (Hwy 161) and Arkansas Lane.
The city is building two interconnecting hotels with a common conference center, six dining areas, parking and creating a water / light show on the lakes as well as interactive technology experiences on the ground. EpicCentral will focus on the family, friendly and fun culture of Grand Prairie and provide exciting new food and entertainment experiences.
Hotels, conference center. Grand Prairie will build two interconnecting hotels with a conference center at EpicCentral, the two hotels being Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites which will open in 2023. Concord Hospitality provides construction development and procurement services. The Hilton Garden Inn will offer 129 deluxe guest rooms, an executive lounge, restaurant, swimming pool, gym and business services. Homewood Suites will offer 147 studios, one and two bedroom suites with full kitchens.
The conference center will offer a 10,000 square foot ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,000 people. Ballrooms can be divided into five conference rooms in addition to an executive conference room that can accommodate 10 people in the lobby. The complex is designed by Merriman Anderson Architects and built by Arch-Con Corporation. Interiors will reflect the flora and fauna of the North Texas prairie in shades of blue, green, and white, with accents of orange and red.
The city is building six dining spaces designed by Merriman Anderson Architects and built by Hill & Wilkinson Construction Management at EpicCentral to open in late 2022 and has negotiated terms with Milkshake Concepts to bring Vidorra Cocina from Mexico City; a modern American concept; Serious Pizza, Sliders and Shakes; and a new breakfast / brunch concept called Poach’d. Larry Lavine, the founder of Chili’s, will open Loop 9 BBQ in a fifth space. The city offers entertainment options for the sixth food court. This all takes place just north of Chicken N Pickle, offering farm-fresh food and indoor / outdoor pickleball courts, and opening in December 2021.
The Modern American Restaurant will be an accessible neighborhood bar and restaurant suitable for all gatherings in life; a business lunch, a happy hour cocktail, an intimate meal or a casual place to eat and relax with friends. Its artisanal menu offers a variety of unique delicacies for all palates.
Vidorra Cocina de Mexico celebrates Mexican food, drink and culture. The restaurant offers bold and exciting Mexican flavors, a unique cocktail program, a lively social experience and a rooftop terrace. Serious Eats will present the infamous Serious Pizza and present Serious Sliders and Serious Shakes.
The restaurant space will feature ample seating, a full bar, and a live music stage that faces both the inside and the lawn. Finally, Milkshake Concepts will launch their new breakfast / brunch concept called Poach’d.
Loop 9 barbecue
At a fifth restaurant site, Dallas entrepreneur Larry Lavine, who founded Chili’s in Dallas in 1975, and his partners, will open Loop 9 BBQ. Lavine helped launch Ten50 BBQ in Richardson in 2014. Loop 9 fare will woo guests with great barbecue, tender brisket, burnt ends, pork ribs, prime rib, sausage, pulled pork and fresh farm poultry. Side dishes from scratch include hand-cut fries, mouthwatering mac and cheese, crispy coleslaw, hand-breaded onion rings, and Grandma’s creamy potato salad. Golden crusted fresh fruit pies and handmade cobblers provide a sweet end to every barbecue celebration.
The city offers entertainment options for the sixth food court.
Open space. Around hotels and restaurants is a large open outdoor space with a covered stage for events, concerts and programs.
Water / light show and terrestrial experiences
The City of Grand Prairie is working with Outside the Lines (OTL), 900 Creative and Final Design Books to design and manufacture creative and innovative place-building attractions at EpicCentral, which will begin construction in 2022 and open in late 2022. OTL, a design-build construction company specialty, creates unique water features, rock works and thematic environments. 900lbs is an interactive design agency that creates a diverse range of interactive initiatives and visual content to showcase the art of the possible using an arsenal of cutting-edge technology.
End Design is a leader in the manufacture of high quality custom products and breathtaking public art installations. The experiences will be repeated daily and will be refreshed 3-4 times a year. Design concepts can incorporate technology, water, lighting, image projection, and other inventive ideas.
EpicCentral is also home to leisure facilities
Reflecting innovation and community investment, EpicCentral is also home to the Epic Waters indoor water park; The Summit Recreation Center for adults aged 50 and over; The epic center of arts, fitness and entertainment; PlayGrand Adventures, an all-inclusive playground; Prairie Paws Adoption Center; Central Bark dog park; and the Grand Prairie Public Safety Building. Facilities include five lakes, a large lawn, boardwalk, and pad sites for future retail opportunities.
Chicken and pickle
Opening in late 2021 just south of the hotels is Chicken N Pickle. Chicken N Pickle is the hugely popular indoor / outdoor entertainment complex focused on pickleball. They also offer a variety of games, a casual chef-run restaurant, and a sports bar. The 77,000 square foot site will feature a dining hall, six indoor pickleball courts, five outdoor pickleball courts (two indoor) and 7,500 square feet of outdoor play areas. A large rooftop bar, stages for live entertainment and the iconic lawn games Chicken N Pickle is known for. In this joint venture between the company and the City of Grand Prairie, the City will own the land, develop parking needs and lease to Chicken N Pickle. Chicken N Pickle will operate the facility.
Additionally, Bolder Adventure Indoor Adventure Park opened at EpicCentral in August 2021. Bolder Adventure is an indoor family entertainment center that will feature adventure-based attractions in a 66,000 square foot air dome structure. Guests will be offered a unique opportunity to experience rock climbing, zip lines, via ferrata, ropes courses, tube slides, synthetic ice skating, adventure nets and more . The site is scheduled to open in the summer of 2022, and Grand Prairie would be its first nationwide location.