Dallas Business Journal – 21st Annual Best Real Estate Deal of the Year Finalist

Hula Hut LogoAfter endlessly and earnestly seeking out many leads that resulted in dead ends, EDC cold-called an iconic restaurant in Austin, and it worked. Hula Hut is known for many things: great food, its scenic location on Lake Austin, surfer & Polynesian inspired décor, outdoor patios, and multiple bars with unique drinks.

Hula Hut broke ground on June 19, 2014 and opened its doors to many hungry residents on October, 2015. With its cult-like following and be-ing the only DFW location, the Little Elm location has exceeded expecta-tions, continuing to be a top sales tax producer and attraction for the Town.

It has over 7,000 square feet of indoor dining space, not including an additional 5,000 square feet of outdoor patio space sitting over Lake Lewisville water. Typical Hula Hut décor adorns the facility, as does an artificial volcano in the water by the patios.

Coserv Economic Development Grant

Little Elm EDC Award

L to R: Craig Chambers with Coserv, Jennette Killingsworth, EDC and Mayor David Hillock.

Coserv awarded Little Elm EDC the Coserv Economic Development Grant that is funded through their Economic Development Fund. This donation will allow the EDC to redesign the new aerial  maps and marketing materials for Little Elm. We are proud of our partnership with Coserv and their continued support for the Town of Little Elm

CEDA Award

In 1995, the TEDC established the Community Economic Development Award (CEDA), to honor excellence and exceptional contributions of Texas communities in economic development.  The criteria used to determine the CEDA recipients include:


  • innovativeness
  • transferability
  • community commitment and leveragability
  • measurable objectives
  • ancillary benefits to the community

Little Elm was honored this year for it’s submission to recognize Hula Hut.