Summer dining: Check out Fish City Grill in Watters Creek – Allen TX on 75 south of Bethany

Allen TX – What can you tell us about The Convention Center and hotels at Watters Creek?

The Allen TX hotel and convention center will feature 290 guest rooms, 64,200 square feet of convention space and a 1,000-car parking garage
The Allen TX hotel and convention center will feature 290 guest rooms, 64,200 square feet of convention space and a 1,000-car parking garage

How did the convention center and hotel project come about? The Allen City Council approved a development agreement for the construction of The Convention Center at Watters Creek.

Where is it? The $85 million, four-star facility developed by TCH Altera is being built at Bethany Drive and North Central Expressway. It is projected to open in January 2017.

What will it mean to Allen TX and Collin County? The hotel and convention center will feature 290 guest rooms, 64,200 square feet of convention space and a 1,000-car parking garage. It will allow Allen to host larger meetings and conferences, with enough space to accommodate groups of 500 people or more.

How big is the Allen convention center and hotel? The space is comparable to some of DFW’s most significant convention centers, including the Gaylord Texan, Hilton Anatole and Sheraton Dallas Hotel, according to a study by HVS. The HVS study estimates that revenue from the convention center will reach $3.6 million annually by its fourth full year of operation.

The City of Allen, Allen Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) and Allen Community Development Corporation (ACDC) agreed to jointly contribute $12.3 million toward the capital investment in the project. In addition, the City of Allen TX pledged up to $10 million in hotel occupancy tax over a 12-year period toward the management operations of the convention center.

5G Studio Collaborative will complete the architectural design. Plano-based Aimbridge Hospitality has been chosen to manage the hotel, offering a wealth of experience working with cities for management of convention center properties.

The corner of Bethany and 75 will soon have a new hotel when Aloft opens in 2018
The corner of Bethany and 75 will soon have a new hotel when Aloft opens in 2018

Across Bethany, Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced this week that a 136-room Aloft hotel will be opening along Central Expressway in Allen TX in 2018 in Watters Creek.

In addition, more apartments are going in at the popular area that offers a place to live, walk, shop, entertain, enjoy the outdoors, dine and work.

Stonebriar getting new steak restaurant; Collin County weekend update

By Brian Bearden

Look for news today on Bret Michaels, Glora D’Arezzo, the Edgefest, a Centennial celebration, Scott Sanford, Scott Turner, Zane Williams, beer gardens, discoveries in Frisco, concerts by the creek in Allen, a new steak place to try in Frisco and much more …

Did you know? In downtown McKinney, Patina Green Home and Market is raffling off a vintage egg basket from France. Are you on the chicken coop tour today? Stop in to get a free iced tea and enter the raffle. … The beer garden is now open at Top Golf in Allen at the Stacy Road exit off U.S. 75. … In Plano, Bavarian Grill has a dog friendly Biergarten just for you and your pets at 75 and Parker Road. … On Saturday night, Zane Williams performs live at Hank’s! Adrian Johnston will open the show! Music starts at 9 p.m. at White Ave. and U.S. 75 in McKinney. In Allen, Gloria D’Arezzo and Friends will be performing at Watters Creek at the Concert by the Creek.

Troop 1066 presents the 9th-annual Spaghetti Dinner and Show at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26. The talent showcase starts at 6:45 p.m. at 2700 Roundrock Trail in Plano. The event is the Scout’s Summer Camp and High Adventure fund-raiser.


Pass the word: Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille will open its doors at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco in November 2014. … State Highway 5 in Fairview has been re-opened to thru traffic between FM 2786 (Stacy Road) and FM 1378 (Country Club Road). Work on the project will be ongoing through May for completion of final project tasks. … In McKinney, TxDOT says the entrance to Craig Drive from the U.S. 75 frontage road (north of Eldorado Pkwy.) is expected to remain closed through Wednesday, April 30, while the intersection and new ramp to Eldorado Parkway are completed.

Prosper Centennial Celebration Opening Ceremony will be today. Check the Facebook link for some updates and photos.


The Frisco Mini Maker Faire will be Saturday and Sunday at the Sci-Tech Discovery Center! Suggestion: Bring the family to check out what more than 50 “makers” are creating—prepare to be impressed and inspired!



At Frisco’s Mini Maker Faire, Howard Greisdorf’s jewelry making booth displays many gorgeous pieces! Mothers’ Day IS coming up, after all! — at Sci-Tech Discovery Center.

Road Warriors – Rumble about roadways and the future of transportation in the region at a Transportation Town Hall meeting presented by State Rep. Scott Sanford at 7 p.m. April 30 at the Collin Higher Education Center, 3452 Spur 399 and U.S. 75 in McKinney. For more information and to RSVP to the Town Hall, contact or 972-548-7500.


In Austin, Scott Turner is running for Texas Speaker of the the House. Turner says: “I believe in America and I believe in the future of Texas. Ingenuity, innovation and hard work have made Texas the best place to live and work. But this is fleeting unless we stand firm on our principles of faith, family and freedom. As Texans, we must strive to be the absolute very best in all we do and we must have leaders with uncompromising integrity, who govern with transparency and accountability.

“As Speaker of the House, I will take swift bold action against federal encroachment, require a fiscally responsible balanced budget and ensure we are eliminating wasteful spending, fight for tax relief for small businesses and hard working Texans, and call for education reform that is focused on what is best for our children.”

Edgefest 24


Edgefest 24 rolls into Frisco on Saturday at Toyota Stadium at 9200 World Cup Way. Edgefest 24, Beck, The Avett Brothers, Bastille, GROUPLOVE, The Neighbourhood, Switchfoot, MS MR

The Dallas Cowboys signed Pro Bowl defensive end Anthony Spencer to a one-year deal, according to agent Jordan Woy. Last year, Spencer missed all of training camp, plus 15 of 16 games with a leg injury. The Cowboys say he underwent microfracture knee surgery and has been rehabilitating the leg in Dallas during the off-season. Dallas has lost DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher to free agency.

You can be transported back in time to the Prohibition-era music of yesteryear with Matt Tolentino and The Singapore Slingers Orchestra, a quirky retro jazz group presented by McKinney Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Friday, May 2. General admission tickets are $15 and available for purchase online at, at MPAC, 111 N. Tennessee St. or by calling MPAC’s Emerson Ticket Office at 214-544-4630.

McKinney Performing Arts Center and the Arts and Music Guild present the opening of the Juried Art Show Saturday, May 3. Artists from the Juried Art Show will be at the public reception at 7 p.m. and winners will be announced in Noble Hall at 8 p.m. Winning artwork will be become permanent pieces of the MPAC Public Art Collection and will be on exhibit in the Gallery at MPAC for public viewing May 3–21.  Visit or call 972-547-2650 for additional details.

Mark your calendar for May 31 – Color Up 5K


Let’s get colorful! A 5K is fine, but the Color Up 5K is fun fun fun! Register for the May 31 race, where you’ll start out wearing pristine white, and finish wearing every color of the rainbow!


Music in the Square concert series returns to Simpson Plaza in Frisco every Friday evening in June from 7:30 to 9p.m. Motion will open the season on June 6 with its blend of Motown, R&B, pop, and top 40, so save the date!

Bike the Bricks 2014 in historic downtown will be racing into McKinney on Friday, May 23.

Smiles Charity


Smiles Charity says each ticket gives you the opportunity to win one of these prizes AND the grand prize 2015 Cadillac Escalade (72K value) AND helps us to build a home for a 100 percent disabled Veteran!!
*Griffin Jewelry Diamond Earrings (3K value)
*Kenny Chesney Autographed Rogue Guitar
*Keith Urban Autographed Stratocaster Guitar
*Bret Michaels Autographed Dean Guitar
*$1,000 Orisons Art and Framing Gift Certificate
*Cooper Fitness Personal Training ($300 Value)
*HP Pavilion Laptop
*HP Notebook Computer
*Premier Hair Salon Beauty Basket ($200 value)
*Tivoli Radio ($260 value)
*2 Traxxas Stampede Remote Control cars (30 mph-$249)
*Hot Air Balloon Ride for 2($450 value)
*Universal Studios Orlando Trip for 4-includes 3 night stay and park passes for 4($2500 value)
*Cooper Fitness 1 year Membership ($2293 value)
*Spa Day at Cooper Spa (2 spa treatments and hair service from Jovie Salon)-($450 value)
*Two months of advertising on “Outdoor Competitor” Website and Social Media ($1400 value)
*2 Traxxas Slash remote control cars (30 mph-$299)

Tickets are $100 each/ only 2000 sold. DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO WIN!!!
Go to to purchase your ticket


Fashion’s Night Out in Allen on Sept. 6

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Where can you watch Mavs?

Brian Bearden’s notebook:

Bonnie Ruth’s Bistro at Watters Creek in Allen says: Let’s do a Mav’s special in the bar tonight. $2 Corona lights, $2 Shiner and Franconia on tap. $5 1/2 pound Black Angus American cheeseburgers, and half price calamari. This is good from 4-Cl in the bar.

Ringo’s Pub
says: Another great way to “Beat the Heat” today…$3 Wells All Day! Game 3 tonight at the AAC 7p.m., Go Mavs!

Hank’s Texas Grill
in McKinney says: MAVS vs. Heat tonight on the big screens!! $2 Maveritas! Game 3, LET’S DO THIS!!

Ebby Halliday,
REALTORS says: It’s National Open House Weekend! Click here to visit where you can search the almost 2,000 open houses in the North Texas MLS. you can even pick your favorites and generate a tour map with turn-by-turn driving directions!

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc. has this deal going today: Executive 2-Button Patterned Sportcoat. Reg $395 NOW $57 One Day Only while supplies last.

Metroplex Cadillac Dealers say: Three great competitions today! French Open: Nadal v Federer. NBA Finals: Mavs v some team from Miami. And the Metroplex Cadillac Best of the Best Chefs! VOTE and SHARE to help us end childhood hunger right here in North Texas. Post on our wall which competition you’ll be watching today!!!

Chestnut Square Historical Village
in McKinney is looking for 15 to 20 great volunteers for the Ice Cream Crank off! We are looking for people to scoop ice cream, help children make ice cream, run supplies,s ell refreshments and/or tickets, and so on. You get a FREE T-shirt, lunch and drinks and, if you need them, volunteer hours.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. If you are interested, or know someone who is, let them know ASAP.

Thought for the day:

Milton Friedman
‎”I am in favor of cutting taxes under any circumstances and for any excuse, for any reason, whenever it’s possible.”

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