As Downtown Plano continues to grow, some local favorites may fade away as new stops come around. At Angela’s at the Crosswalk, this process began in April when the restaurant’s namesake, Angela Murphy, retired and moved to Colorado. Owners Julie Holmer and David Rankin continued to run the business unchanged for several months until recently the restaurant sold and became the new home of Plano Kitchen & Bar.
With both having over 30 years of experience in the restaurant business – working for national restaurant corporations like Brinker International as well as local favorites Gas Monkey Bar and Grill and Kenny’s Restaurant Group – new Plano Kitchen & Bar owners Chip and Michelle Stroup have plenty of experience to bring to the table. Chip was drawn to Plano after noticing the growth of the area and the expanding nightlife. When Angela’s location became available, the couple saw it as a chance to bring something new to Downtown.
The revamped restaurant now focuses primarily on specialty burgers, though Chip says they plan on expanding their offerings in the future. The menu features unique options like the Honey Espresso BBQ Burger with Tillamook cheddar cheese, grilled onions, honey espresso BBQ sauce and a sweet hot mustard sauce. For those wanting something different, try the Nacho Burger with pickled jalapeños, pico de gallo, crunchy tortilla strips and chili cheese sauce, or the Green Chile Burger layered with roasted poblanos, three-pepper goat cheese and an orange chile aioli.
Not a meat eater? No problem. Plano Kitchen & Bar offers a vegetarian Portabella Burger topped with spinach, sliced tomatoes, three-pepper goat cheese, grilled onions and sweet hot mustard. For something lighter, the restaurant also offers a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches.
Chip and Michelle decided to keep some of the favorites from Angela’s menu. Diners can still find chicken and waffles, chicken fried steak and the chicken club sandwich. They also still serve breakfast on the weekends, with select breakfast items available anytime.
Perhaps most importantly, fans of Angela’s can still grab a slice of the incredible pies! As the transition to the new menu began, customers lamented the loss of Angela’s wonderful pies, and Chip says, “The voices have been heard.” The Stroups hired an expert baker, and they offer a variety of pies that still carry Angela’s name.
As Plano Kitchen & Bar continues to make itself known in Downtown, Chip and Michelle want to consistently guarantee quality customer service and delicious food. Because of this, they are shifting their focus away from the open mic nights and live music previously found at Angela’s at the Crosswalk. However, not all the popular events will end. Guests can still learn something new once a month at Sips of Science or put their minds to the test with Wednesday Night Trivia hosted by Mike Mazur,and Curtis Gittinger.
Plano Kitchen & Bar boasts an all day happy hour with drink specials on beer, wine and specialty cocktails. The bar features a variety of wines and spirits as well as six beers on draft, including local favorites like Revolver and Lakewood.
The restaurant has no grand opening scheduled, but it is now revamped and ready for customers. The ongoing soft opening has allowed the staff to work out any flaws natural in transitioning from one business to another. Plano Kitchen & Bar is open seven days a week, between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays, 8 a.m. to midnight Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.Plano Kitchen & Bar >