Cabo Flats coming to CityPlace

It’s another Tequila operator for some prime party space at CityPlace in West Palm Beach.

Cabo Flats Cantina and Tequila Bar will be taking the space occupied by Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill, and its sister venue, WannaB’s Karaoke Bar.

Sussman Realty’s Jeff Sussman, who brokered the deal for Cabo Flats, said the space is expected to reopen as Cabo within 45 days.

“Yes, it’s pretty fast,” Sussman said. “We’ll work around the clock to do that.”

Sussman said the CityPlace Cabo Flats will feature a valet queue in front. The exterior of the building will be painted to add sizzle to the site.

Sussman said Cabo Flats bar and restaurant will take up 7,000 square feet. About 2,000 of the WannaB’s space will be for private functions, a use Sussman said is in demand at CityPlace.

The Cabo Flats location at CityPlace would be the latest store by the homegrown company.

Cabo Flats started at Downtown at the Gardens’ Palm Beach Gardens, and now has a location at the Delray Marketplace in suburban Delray Beach as well as in Stuart.

New locations are planned for Jupiter, expected to open in two weeks; at Miami’s Dolphin Mall; and Doral, another project by CityPlace’s developer, The Related Cos.

Cabo Flats owner Stephen Giordanella has said Cabo is three concepts in one: A family-friendly restaurant, with waits for the Delray location sometimes two hours long; a sports bar with plenty of television sets; and a weekend bar scene that’s not a full-blown club but a place featuring a DJ and plenty of party-goers.

In bringing aboard Cabo Flats, CityPlace will gain a festive restaurant and bar that could add life to the northern portion of the dining and entertainment center.

Tequila Cowboy started out promising when it opened in August 2013. But money troubles soon dogged the Nashville-based company.

The bar that dubs itself a “little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll,” became a little bit too many lawyers.

Landlord CityPlace Retail sued the restaurant in 2014, claiming it owed back rent. But Tequila Cowboy countersued, claiming CityPlace and its developer, Related, didn’t paid for extra construction costs they promised to cover.

The lawsuit later settled, but more money woes dogged Tequila Cowboy, including lawsuits from some vendors who claimed their bills were unpaid.

Meanwhile, another CityPlace space that is about to become something new is the old B.B. King’s Blues Club. The prime, second floor space is being transformed into Lafayette’s Music Room.

Lafayette’s website describes the place as a restaurant and live music venue showcasing local and touring acts “playing rock ‘n’ roll to jazz to blues and everything in between.”

Lafayette’s was supposed to have opened last year, but now it will open at the end of the month, possibly as soon as May 22. Stay tuned.