Auto shop owners trade in wrench for Tinman Social
Kenneth Wynn has worked on cars since he was a child, learning from his father at their local repair shop in Red Oak. Eventually, he inherited the business and planned to pass it on to his son, Thomas.
But a road widening project in front of the shop threatened the business and literally put a fork in the road – work around the construction and continue repairing vehicles as they have for decades or try a new business venture.
Ultimately, they decided to pursue a new family business, with Kenneth and Thomas being co-founders.
After several years of hard work, research and development, Tinman Social in Little Elm was born. The 34,800-square-foot entertainment venue opened August 29 on Eldorado Parkway with multiple group activities outdoors on the lawn and on two floors indoors. Tinman Social features bowling alleys, axe throwing, bocce ball, cornhole, ping pong, an arcade, billiards and shuffleball. There are places to sit and hang out with patios, bars and televisions showing live sports. They plan to add weekly bar trivia, live music and karaoke.
“We wanted to make sure that we offered a bigger variety of games with an emphasis on social activities.” Kenneth said. “The food and beverage service will also exceed what you think of as bowling alley food.”
The name refers to Little Elm’s nearby water tower that’s nicknamed the Tinman for its pointy top and silver exterior. The historic tower was incorporated into the venue’s logo and signage. The “social” aspect is self-explanatory, that’s what this place is all about, whether it’s a night out with friends, a birthday party or corporate event.
“CoServ is proud to power this one-of-a-kind entertainment venue on the burgeoning Lake Front development,” said Jennifer Elliott, a CoServ Relationship Development Manager. “This place has something for everyone whether they want to gather around a fire pit on a cool evening, play cornhole or ping pong or have a friendly competition on the bowling alley or axe throwing lanes.”
199 Main St., Little Elm