Members of the Convention and Visitors Bureau advisory board participate in the ceremonial ground-breaking at the site of the new convention center. Members of the Convention and Visitors Bureau advisory board participate in the ceremonial ground-breaking at the site of the new convention center.

 

After several years of planning, the City of Denton, in partnership with O’Reilly Hospitality, LLC, RED Development, and the Denton Convention and Visitor Bureau, broke ground on a complex that includes an Embassy Suites hotel, Convention Center and Houlihan's restaurant, located in the Rayzor Ranch Town Center.

IMG_2770“The City of Denton, again, I cannot be more impressed with the eccentric nature and the wonderful town you have here," said Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly Hospitality. "It has a great community feel and vibe, with the great artists, musicians, restaurants. It couldn’t be a better place to partner with and place this facility.”

The hotel will have 318 rooms, a 70,000-square-foot convention center, and a Houlihan’s restaurant. The convention center meeting and banquet area is planned at 37,850 square feet, and will include space to accommodate conventions with up to 750 participants and a grand banquet room that will hold up to 1,750 people for larger events.

“This is a great example of partnerships that exist in the city of Denton, because this is truly a win-win situation," Mayor Chris Watts said. "I want to thank former mayor Mark Burroughs, as well as Chuck Carpenter and Kim Phillips for all the work they put into this. This has been in the works for many, many years and I want to thank the O’Reilly Hospitality Group and Red Development Group. It’s a great day for Denton.”

Read more about the ground-breaking of the convention center in Kim Phillips' column on Sunday.