Lifestyle & Culture Editor
Photo credit: Eva D. Coleman
The doors of 4Thirteen Kitchen & Sports Lounge are open. Let us all collectively say “Amen.” Founded by owner Angela Germany on the principles of well-known biblical scripture Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” she is truly a testament of getting it done.
The large, wooden doors at the entrance of the restaurant location off of State Highway 121 in Lewisville are tall and majestic. You cannot see through them, which makes one wonder what’s inside.
“They [the doors] were already here and we just refinished them,” Germany said.
Once opened, you enter into a place filled with music, smiles and laughter. A huge, rectangular bar in the middle with chairs all around it is a focal point. Round, highboy tables with seating surround the bar area. There’s a stage ready for performances, a game area with a digital jukebox and pool table, and an expansive outdoor patio, encouraged for use by cigar and hookah enthusiasts, with tables covered with red umbrellas to shield the sun. The venue has something for everyone.
“That’s exactly what it’s about,” Germany said. “I want people to enjoy different experiences.”
Germany is no stranger to Dallas and entertainment. The Wichita, KS native is a socialite affectionately known by many as “Angela Kiss-Dallas,” a moniker from her prior KISS Entertainment of Dallas event planning and promotions company. Since moving to the metroplex in 2008, she’s hosted several signature events and parties. She chronicled her journey from idea to the opening of 4Thirteen on social media. She shared the good, bad and unexpected experiences as a restaurateur, and admits there were times she wanted to give up. However, her story of fortitude and realities has inspired a legion of friends and family.
In the midst of #Journey2Open, she lost her sister, Stafon Jackson-Bishop, to a long battle with cancer. Within 10 days of Stafon’s death, her son’s father and ex-husband passed away from medical complications of COVID-19. Both were tremendous losses of which she publicly posted about her pain and mental anguish. The opening of 4Thirteen is a testament of her strength to persevere.
With over two decades as a pharmaceutical and information technology (IT) professional, she recently resigned from her full-time job to devote efforts to 4Thirteen. She gushes at how her resignation came as a surprise to many, including her co-workers and management. She shared that her boss even mentioned it was “never on their radar” that she would leave.
Typically in a faith walk, it’s not about what you “see.”
“Life is just too short,” Germany said. “I want to do things I’m passionate about.”
Greeting guests throughout the venue and providing guidance to staff was 4Thirteen General Manager Phillicia Bryant. Bryant made her mark on Dallas nightlife long ago as chief operating officer (COO) of the legendary Tephejez Nightclub. Bringing her experience to 4Thirteen was spiritually connected.
“Early on, I asked Angela about the name 4Thirteen and told her that was my favorite Bible verse,” Bryant said, adding, “she smiled and said ‘Mine too.’”
Bryant seemed at home in the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and says she hopes 4Thirteen can be a “destination spot.” Her presence lit the space more than the numerous screens displaying sports as she floated from entrance to tables to bar then patio.
“I’m a people pleaser. I love touching tables,” Bryant said. “I love seeing people excited and enjoying themselves and having a good time.”
Bryant’s keen sense of focus on service coupled with Germany’s faith-filled vision should keep guests flowing in.
“We can pack a venue, that’s no problem,” Bryant said. “How you handle the customer will dictate whether or not you will retain them.”
4Thirteen Kitchen & Sports Lounge is located right off of State Highway 121 Frontage Road on the southbound side, just past Lake Vista Drive.
“It’s so convenient, easy access for someone coming from anywhere,” Germany said.
From hot wings to fried chicken, authentic catfish, mac & cheese and greens, the comfort food is flavorful and tasty. The famed scripture of the venue’s name on the back of some staff members’ shirts, with “Established 2021 #By-Faith” on others, brings a different level of comfort. It’s a constant reminder all throughout of “I can do all things.” Angela Germany did. And no matter what we face on life’s journey, we all can. For more information, visit 4thirteendallas.com