20 of the Hottest Attractions Opening in 2020

A new year means new adventures in The Colony. There’s even more to see, eat, and do in the city come 2020. Check out some of our top picks to discover this year.

Renown Restaurants

Foodies rejoice! Even more one-of-a-kind culinary experiences are on their way. Multiple restaurants are set to open within Grandscape, a 400+ acre development filled with retail, attractions, and entertainment. Grandscape features many restaurant concepts never seen before in the state or country.

Crossing cultures and merging cuisines is an art form at Akira Back. The Michelin Star Chef and restaurant’s namesake, Akira Back, brings together the bold flavors of Korean and Japanese flavors with a sense of whimsy and adventurous presentation. The Colony joins other international cities like Seoul, Jakarta, and Dubai as a home to Chef Akira Back’s culinary creations. Enjoy upscale dining as you’ve never experienced before when Akira Back opens later this year.  

New to the South, Twigs American Kitchen will be shaking things up with a new menu to reflect Texas’ regional cuisines. Their distinctive approach to New American cuisine is highlighted through their Fresh Sheets, weekly menus showcasing seasonal ingredients and flavors. Twigs works directly with farmers and taps into farmer’s markets to create only the freshest and finest foods. 

Italian food, recognized by the Italian government. Quartino Pizzeria & Wine Bar brings authentic, regional specialties and small plates to Texas. This two-story eatery, located in The Grotto inside Grandscape, will feature a wide variety of artisanal salumi, house-made cheeses, Neapolitan pizzas, and hand-made pasta crafted in the restaurant’s dedicated pasta kitchen. Quartino will highlight an array of family-owned, small-production Italian wineries with an extensive wine list available by the quartino (quarter-liter), half-liter, carafe, and bottle. Skip the trip to Italy and sample the authentic dishes that uphold the traditions of Italian culture named in the 70 Best Restaurants with A Pizzeria by Ristorazione Italiana Magazine.

A couple of local favorites are expanding with their second locations in North Texas. The killer burger and live music joint, LSA Burger, brings a Lone Star Attitude to the city’s food scene. Get ready to dive into their life-changing brisket queso, garlic parmesan fries, and eclectic mix of burgers. Sister restaurant Barley & Board brings creativity and sophistication to the gastropub game. The influence of seasonal and high-quality ingredients can be seen throughout the current menu. Barely and Board will pay tribute to their original location by adopting select menu items at their new location in The Colony. Get ready to enjoy a night out with friends or family at either one of these North Texas classics.

Is reading about all the food making you hungry – check out our Eat Page for restaurants now open in The Colony.


 Sweet Treats

Since 1947 Kilwins has earned a reputation for high-quality chocolate and confections made in-store. Get ready to sample favorites like their signature creamy Mackinac Island Fudge, “The Perfect” Caramel Apple, hand-crafted Corns & Brittles, and assorted chocolate truffles. Stop by Kilwins later this year for the perfect sweet treat or gift for a loved one.

The Baked Bear offers true indulgence for your next ice cream craving. Create your own custom ice cream sandwich, perfect for those warm Texas days. All cookies are made from scratch following original recipes then hand-scooped on-site. Their signature ice cream is churned with pure cane sugar and R-BGH-free cream for the highest quality possible. Treat yourself to a scoop or sandwich your favorite flavor between the cookie or brownie of your choice. Don’t forget to add any topping you want before getting your sandwich creation warmed up.

Another local favorite, Julie’s Sweets Bakery, returns to The Colony with a new location inside Grandscape. Each decadent cake, cookie, and pie at Julie’s is baked with love and locally sourced ingredients. Treat yourself to their all-natural sweets, made with unbleached flour, unrefined sugar, and healthy oils, without sacrificing any of the richness you crave. Stop by the new location when it opens later this year and take a bite out of baked goods like your mother used to make.

A mix of savory and sweet, Triple T’s Popcorn offers up truly gourmet popcorn for any taste. Whether you’re in the mood for classic Kettle, refined Toffee Almond, or wild Zebra (caramel with milk and white chocolate drizzle), you’ll find it at this family-owned popcorn shop. Don’t forget to try some of their savory flavors when you stop by. Check out the spicy Buffalo Rub, spicy Jalapeno Ranch, and addictive Dill Pickle.

For more sweet treats currently available in The Colony, visit our Bakery Page.


 Attractions & Experiences

Some of the most anticipated openings are right around the corner. Andretti Karting & Games brings unsurpassed family entertainment to The Colony on March 3, 2020. Named after famed racer Mario Andretti, this entertainment destination offers innovative, high-speed karting for all ages. Reach up to 35 miles per hour along the straightaways, make hairpin turns, and race your friends for the ultimate bragging rights across a multi-level track. After karting, refuel with multiple gourmet dining options. Sit down at the Sky Bar for shareable, salads, brick-oven pizzas, and chef-crafted entrees. If you’re in a hurry to play any of the 90 state-of-the-art arcade games or latest VR tech, grab a bite from their indoor Food Truck Plaza and get back to gaming. Andretti’s is the perfect destination for a night out with friends, birthday celebrations, or team-building events. Stop by The Colony Convention & Visitors Bureau for a buy-one-get-one-free $20 gameplay coupon.

The World’s largest all sports store opens its doors April 4, 2020. SCHEELS offers an entire day’s worth of shopping and entertainment across the 331,000 square feet store. Browse more than 85 specialty shops ranging from golf equipment and hunting gear to women’s apparel and fashion footwear, all staffed with knowledgeable team members. SCHEELS is more than just a store, it’s a shopping destination with entertainment for the whole family around every corner. While at SCHEELS be sure to ride the 65-foot indoor Ferris wheel, watch exotic fish swim around the 16,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, and sample hand-made fudge from the cafe. Follow us on social media for updates on the Grand Opening celebration April 4, 2020.

Spanning over 10,000 square feet, RifleGear will feature 28 gun ranges, educational classes, and on-site retail store specializing in rifles, handguns, and high-end firearms. The most anticipated aspect of RifleGear is the four, 100-yard indoor rifle lanes. Enjoy the comfort of an indoor range with the safety of designated long-range rifle lanes.

Watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster in the comfort of Galaxy Theatres’ luxury recliners. Before the flick grab a drink or snack from the full-service bar and restaurant. Galaxy Theatres offers the newest releases and special film series all with Sony’s latest world-class 4K laser projection and superb sound. Grab a ticket to this new theatre when it opens later this year inside Grandscape.

Shop for specialty Texas goods during your visit to The Colony. New retailers will be opening this year including, Bull Zerk, a gift shop selling custom North Texas apparel and souvenirs, Norman Roscoe, an eclectic print shop selling on-trend t-shirt and sticker designs, and Odin Leather Goods, a store full of handmade leather goods ranging from belts and bags to coasters and keychains.


 Vivid Nightlife

When the sun goes down, there’s even more to see and do in The Colony. The city’s rich nightlife scene will expand in 2020 to include some one-of-a-kind concepts. Straight from Bangalore, India’s nightlife capital, Windmills Craftworks brings a fresh take to the gastropub game. The microbrewery offers an intellectual feel with library walls surrounding the Jazz Theatre stage. Experience live music up-close and personal with phenomenal sound quality at this intimate and refined venue. Windmills will bring their brewing knowledge to the city, serving stouts, IPAs, and light ales exclusively made in-house. To learn more about the city’s local music scene, check The 10 Best Places to Find Live Music in The Colony.

Walk-On’s is more than your average sports bar. This Cajun bistreaux is the perfect spot on game day or for a night out with friends. Some of their signature drinks include a Blueberry Coconut Mojito, frozen Moonshine Swirl, and Bandita with tequila, mango liqueur, and a hint of citrus. Grab a seat at the bar and settle in for the perfect night out.

Expanding on the success of Truck Yard, two additional bars will be joining the Honky Tonk beer garden on Grove Lane. Limin’ Lounge will offer a retro-tiki bar with an easy-going atmosphere. Walk up to the bar and grab a specialty tiki drink and party the night away at the karaoke bar or card room. Another concept introduces small-batch Belgium-style beers to The Colony. The brewpub will focus on the classic sour beer fermented in wooden tanks called foeders.

 New Home Away from Home

During your next trip to The Colony, stay nearby in one of 10 modern hotels. Whether you’re in town for a family vacation, business meeting, or sports tournament, there’s a perfect hotel for you. Keep an eye out for two more hotels opening soon. The city will welcome Hilton Tru and Homewood Suites, adding more options for budget-conscious and extended-stay travelers. Check out our Hotels Page to book your stay in The Colony.

Discover your next adventure. Visit our Anticipate Page for a full list of restaurants, attractions, hotels, and retailers opening soon in The Colony.