The Hub, new food hall and outdoor venue, makes Texas debut in Allen
An entertainment venue that is described in a release as first-of-its-kind has opened in Allen: Called The Hub, it’s part of The Farm in Allen, the 135-acre mixed-use development from JaRyCo Development and original landowners Bob and Doris Johnson.
The Hub is a three-acre open-air venue and 15,000-square foot indoor heated food hall with live music, outdoor movies, sports parties, and 23,000 square feet of restaurant space.
There are at least 10 restaurant concepts listed on the website, with six currently open:
- Crave Roadside Sliders, doing sliders
- Local Smoke BBQ, doing BBQ duh
- Republic Kitchen & Bar, the local concept whose menu includes spicy fried chicken sandwiches
- SuperFreeze, a beverage place
- Spoke, a bar
- Spout, also a bar, with mixed drinks on tap, beer, wine, cocktails, and boozy milkshakes
Other concepts listed but not open include The Salty Butcher, Flora Pizzeria, Macho Taco, All Purpose Coffee & Doughnut, and Hooked, a seafood place.
The Hub was founded by Brad Zeitlin, CEO of Hub Entertainment Group, a Dallas-based developer of entertainment districts. They're planning more in Texas, including Austin, slated to break ground in 2023, and Frisco, which their website says is coming soon.
Daniel Bowman, executive director of the Allen Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) celebrates the arrival, which he notes in a statement is just in time for the holidays.
“It will be a prime location for spending quality time with family and friends, offering an opportunity to enjoy typically mild Texas temperatures in a lively open-air setting," he says.
Fingers crossed that quote doesn't jinx this warm front we're enjoying right now.
Two other attractions are scheduled to open at The Farm in Allen in 2023: Chicken N Pickle, the Kansas City-based chain combining pickleball courts with in-house restaurant and sports bar; and High 5, an upscale Austin-based chain featuring bowling, laser tag, ax throwing, escape rooms, and miniature golf course.
The Farm in Allen will eventually have office, retail, a 150-key hotel, 60,000 square feet of restaurants, townhomes, residential units, a 1.5-acre lake, hike and bike trails, parks, and a greenbelt along Watters Creek.
“When we partnered with the Johnson family, we set the goal of creating a community space for the whole family and to heighten Allen’s reputation as a city with a family-first focus," says JaRyCo president Bruce Heller. "The opening of The Hub, and the upcoming openings of Chicken N Pickle and High 5 set the stage."