Urban 8 Local Food Courts World’s First Argument Ender

Urban 8 Local Food Courts World’s First Argument Ender

Urban 8 Local Food Courts
World’s First Argument Ender

by Steve Gamel

Most people would have looked Stanley Rose right in the eye and told him he was nuts the second he decided almost five years ago that he was going to get into the food court business.

You read that right: food courts – the overcrowded staple of every mall in the country where no matter how much you make it look nice, junk food is still the name of the game, and there’s never enough options to please everyone. On paper, it was hardly the most exciting of entrepreneurial endeavors, and the funny thing was that Stanley totally agreed.

He didn’t like the food court model, either – which is why he wanted to reinvent the entire concept.

“I Googled my idea, and there was nothing like it,” Stanley said. “I thought, ‘Maybe there’s something to this.’ And by golly, there was. There isn’t a soul who has come in who hasn’t been impressed by it. It’s a food court on steroids.”

Allow us to introduce you to Urban8 Local Food Courts. Located in The Colony, Urban8 is a free-standing, local food court with seven chef-driven restaurants and a craft cocktail bar that serves up specialty drinks, healthier dining options, and an upbeat, atmosphere that caters to families, friends looking for a fun night out, and even coworkers looking to blow off steam. Urban8 has fun activities going on all the time, including dueling pianos on the weekends, local musicians, trivia night on Tuesdays, singo (a combination of singing and bingo) on Wednesdays, karaoke Thursdays, and so much more.

You can’t find this concept anywhere else. From burgers to tacos, pho, and pizza, Urban8 is sure to excite any appetite.

“It’s the food court model with much better food, and we’ve designed it in such a way that if one concept isn’t working or needs to be changed, we can switch it out to keep everything relevant,” Stanley said. “I’ve surrounded myself with great people; I have a five-star chef on staff named Sean Cahill, and he’s really good. And our bar makes drinks that you can’t find anywhere else. It’s a pretty neat concept when you see it for yourself.”

Urban8 opened in September, but Stanley and the team have planned a grand re-opening July 11 where they will unveil three new restaurant concepts that will include prime rib and steak on the weekends as well as pizza, Italian dishes, and a full-service deli that is out of this world. The slate of restaurants is Pho Corner, Urbano8, Taco Cielo, Sushi Corner, Monster Yogurt, U8 Burger & Grill, Urban Station Deli and, of course, the wildly popular Str8 Up Bar.

Stanley, who now lives in Little Elm, said the idea for Urban8 was born from his own frustrations with the food court industry. When Life in Castle Hills magazine caught up with him, he was quick to recount the day nearly five years ago when he was trying to settle his son into college in Colorado Springs.

“It was noon, and I was bored and hungry driving around looking for something,” Stanley said. “I drove by the mall thinking, ‘Man, I’d like to have more choices in that food court.’ I knew I’d just be eating junk, and on top of that parking was a big issue. So I went down the street to a Jason’s Deli just to find something a little healthier. I got a salad, and while I was sitting there, I sketched out my idea on a napkin.”

He added, “I didn’t have any experience in this beforehand, but I wasn’t afraid of jumping in and making it work.”

In an age where you can’t please everyone, Stanley and his team at Urban8 are coming pretty darn close. Not only have they created a diamond in the rough in the heart of The Colony, but they are just as much a community partner and are working hard to be involved with the local Chamber and schools.

Next time you’re looking for fun things to do today, Urban8 is your answer! Come eat, drink, dance, and be part of the Urban8 family any day of the week!

469.301.2416 | www.urban8food.com | 5265 State Hwy 121 • The Colony, TX 75056

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