Loews Hotels & Co on Wednesday marked the “crowning glory” of the $550 million Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center and announced the new signature restaurant for its hotel destination, Soy Cowboy, a pan-Asian concept from Houston-based Berg Hospitality.
The infill is a tradition among construction workers that commemorates the completion of the building structure when the final steel beam is placed.
The hotel, designed by HKS Architects, is expected to open in early 2024. Looney & Associates is the interior designer and JE Dunn is the general contractor. Con-Real, an Arlington company, is involved in the construction, officials said.
“Arlington, Texas is already one of the top sports and entertainment destinations in the United States, and we anticipate that once Loews Arlington opens, the city will also become a premier meeting and events destination” , said Loews Hotels President and CEO Jonathan Tisch. in a report.
Also in attendance were Arlington Mayor Jim Ross and members of the Arlington City Council; Ray Davis, managing partner and majority owner of the Texas Rangers Ray Davis; and Benjamin Berg, founder and CEO of Berg Hospitality.
Berg Hospitality owns and operates eight concept restaurants in Houston and Fort Worth, including B&B Butchers & Restaurant Fort Worth’s Clear Fork, and plans to open 10 more by 2024.
According to a press release, Soy Cowboy, Berg’s first pan-Asian concept, will be an upscale pan-Asian concept, “carrying guests on an adventurous tour through the flavors of China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand , Japan and more”.
“Berg Hospitality has worked across Texas to create unique upscale dining offerings for nearly a decade, making them the perfect partner to develop, own and manage our new signature restaurant inside the Loews Arlington hotel,” said Alex Tisch, president of Loews Hotels & Co., adding that Soy Cowboy will “redefine the dining scene” in Arlington’s entertainment district.
The Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center is part of the second phase of the Arlington Entertainment District development. It is a public-private partnership with the City of Arlington, Loews Hotels, Texas Rangers and the Cordish Companies.
Located between Globe Life Field and AT&T Stadium, the Loews Arlington Hotel and Convention Center will be accessible to Live!, another 300-room Loews property, by skybridge. The two hotels combined offer nearly 1,200 guest rooms and over 300,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
The Arlington Convention Center, also operated by Loews Hotels & Co, will be located in the hotel.
“The City of Arlington has seen firsthand what it’s like to partner with Loews Hotels and innovative minds like Jon and Alex Tisch,” said Arlington Mayor Jim Ross. “They take our tourism options to the next level and create jobs for our community.”