The restaurant industry in Plano and the rest of the U.S. experienced an unparalleled halt in business when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States back in March. Though take-out meals helped many stay afloat, restaurants have continually faced challenges throughout the pandemic like closed dining rooms and staff testing positive for COVID-19. Many eateries have adapted, though, and with proper precautions in place, have been able to offer a safe dine-in experience for customers. Thankfully, business is beginning to pick up, and that means that many new restaurants are freshly open or about to be open here in Plano. Now let’s get out there and support them.
Restaurants Coming Soon to Plano:
Bar-Ranch Steak Company
This dry-aged beef retail shop and restaurant announced its opening in Downtown Plano in 2019, but faced delays due to the pandemic. Bar-Ranch Steak Company owner Lane Rainwater is planning for an Oct. 14 opening, with meat products to please a range of carnivores.
1016 E 15th Street
Beerhead Bar & Eatery
The owners of this beer-centric eatery, Ashish and Anthony Patel, originally planned to open in spring, but the pandemic has pushed the expected opening to late December. Beerhead Bar & Eatery will offer an extensive beer menu and dishes that pair well with the brews, including a giant pretzel big enough for four to share.
5805 Preston Road
Zachary Bergenholtz, Plano native, opened Blu’s BBQ in north Dallas in June 2019. Now, Blu’s is coming to Plano, hopefully by the end of this year. The barbecue restaurant is currently hiring for its new location.
Will be located near Collin Creek Mall redevelopment
Brasão Brazilian Steakhouse
In the spring of 2021, The Shops at Legacy will be adding Brazilian fare to its dining selection in the former Henry’s Tavern spot. Brasão Brazilian Steakhouse specializes in authentic, rodizio-style dining. Its menu will include premium cuts of meat, a salad bar, cheeses and cured meats, desserts and a full-service bar.
5741 Legacy Drive Suite 100
Delucca Gaucho Pizza and Wine
With plans to be open by the end of this week, Delucca Gaucho Pizza and Wine allows guests to forgo the decision-making process as there is no menu offered. Delucca serves its pizzas rodizio-style. The moment guests are seated, they are welcomed with lobster bisque, Kobe beef meatballs and fresh salad before roaming servers begin offering multiple types of pizzas fresh from the wood-fired ovens. For one fixed price, guests may try as many different pizzas as they’d like, eating on a sweet note with a slice of one of its dessert pizzas.
8240 Preston Road #100
Dutch Brothers Coffee, a drive-through coffee shop founded in 1992, has locations all along the West Coast. In the summer of 2021, the brand will expand to DFW. Its menu includes specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, freezes, teas, Blue Rebel energy drink, nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee and its own unique takes on shakes, chocolate milk and Italian soda.
750 W Spring Creek Parkway
OMGelato plans to open Oct. 10, offering gelato and sorbet made on the spot with liquid nitrogen, and customized with the customer’s preferred choice from more than 60 base flavors, including pistachio, saffron, rose, caramel, bubble gum and hazelnut. Customers may choose to have toppings mixed in, such as Nutella, fruits, nuts, candy bars and even cake! The shop also offers milkshakes, coffees and teas.
3829 W. Spring Creek Parkway Suite 103
Scrambler Café is set to open this week, and will be offering classic American dishes with a modern twist. Its menu includes offerings like pancakes, scramblers, omelets, skillets, breakfast burritos, paninis, sandwiches, salads, burgers and wraps.
7000 Independence Parkway Suite 104B
The Standard Pour
The Standard Pour is a popular spot in Dallas for food and craft cocktails, and it’s expanding to Plano. It’s been named one of the top places for bourbon in America for the last several years by the Bourbon Review, and serves both brunch and dinner. The opening was originally been planned for summer, but has been delayed due to COVID-19.
7201 Bishop Road Unit E4
Velvet Taco will be launching another DFW location Oct. 12, bringing its delicious food to a newly constructed building where Steve Fields Steak & Lobster once stood. The menu consists of creative and playful tacos made with from-scratch ingredients. Brunch tacos are served all day, and the place is known for its house-made Kick Ass Margarita.
5013 W Park Boulevard
In Case You Missed It: New Restaurants in Plano Open Since March
Plano resident A.J. Kim opened his restaurant Ai Sushi at the beginning of September. Menu offerings include sushi, oysters, dumplings, skewers, calamari, bento boxes, rice bowls and other Japanese fare. All of its hand rolls are made-to-order with fresh ingredients.
151 W Spring Creek Pkwy Suite 501A
David Jeiel and Alex Nunes, business partners and restaurateurs, opened Bavette Grill in August, near The Boardwalk at Granite Park. As an American bistro, its menu consists of dips, salads, sandwiches, steaks, and rich sides like mac & cheese and garlic herb fries.
8100 Dallas Pkwy Suite 115
Captain’s Club at Legacy
Taking over shuttered restaurant The Keeper, Captain’s Club at Legacy opened in August, offering rental space for private gatherings and corporate events. Because it is owned by Front Burner Restaurants, guests can have Sixty Vines, Whiskey Cake, Haywire, Ida Claire, or any of its other restaurants cater the event.
5840 Legacy Circle D100
Corky’s Gaming Bistro
Corky’s Gaming Bistro opened in late July, and has been safely offering Planoites fun activities like axe throwing, duckpin bowling, classic arcade games, as well as delicious food. Its menu is a modern take on the classic American diner with food like funnel cake fries, sliders, Paul Bunyan fries – crispy fries with melted shredded cheese, bacon pieces and chives – burgers, bone-in wings, mac & cheese, hot dogs, street tacos and plenty more.
1900 N Central Expressway
Cruzito’s Cocina Mexicana
Open since July 1, Cruzito’s offers a “true taste of Mexico,” according to its website. The owners, José Cruz Gómez and Elvia Ortega, have worked in the restaurant industry for 37 years and finally decided to open their own spot here to serve Mexican cuisine. The menu includes enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos, and burritos – all made with their hand-made fresh tortillas. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
2300 14th Street Suite 135
Dosanko Ramen opened in September inside Mitsuwa Marketplace. Dosanko has been around since 1961, starting in Tokyo. Its ramen offerings are varied, and it also offers fried chicken karaage, fried rice, chasu bowls and barley water.
100 Legacy Drive
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream
Founded in Ohio in 1945 and now with locations across the country, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream opened in Plano March 5. Its flavors range from horchata to strawberry cheesecake chunk to the always-classic chocolate. Handel’s also offers sherbets, sundaes, milkshakes and pints to take home with you.
4200 Legacy Drive
The largest fast-food brand in the Philippines, Jollibee came to Plano in late August of this year. Its menu consists of some Filipino classics including Jolly Spaghetti, Palabok and ChickenJoy (their take on fried chicken). Jollibee also offers burgers and other typical fast-food items.
1016 Preston Road
This ristorante and pizzeria opened in July and is run by a chef with over 20 years of experience in fine Italian dining. Its vast menu includes an array of appetizers, salads, soups, toasted subs, pastas, chicken entrees, veal entrees, seafood entrees and brick-oven pizzas.
2707 W 15th Street Suite B
Mac’s Boba Café
Mac’s Boba Café opened August 1. It specializes in milk teas, fruit teas, and Italian sodas. Its menu includes drinks like a mango milk slush, taro milk tea, strawberry milk, and sea salt café.
8240 Preston Road Suite 177
Brazilian-American Martha Ware opened Mallow Box’s first location at Willow Bend in the fall of 2019, and then opened a second location at Legacy Hall on Aug. 10 of this year. Its menu consists of a s’mores bar, skewers, s’mores bowls, shakes and gourmet mallows.
6121 W Park Boulevard FC-109
7800 Windrose Avenue
This Chinese restaurant opened in Plano this summer. Its specialty is the Huaxi Beef Rice Noodle, a famous dish from the Huaxi area of Guiyang, China. Mifen Prince’s menu also includes vermicelli noodle dishes and soups.
1002 Coit Road Unit 165
Nashville Hot Chicken Shack
Nashville Hot Chicken Shack, originally started in downtown Nashville, now has expanded to locations around the country – including Plano. Its chicken is notoriously spicy, and marinated in a secret sauce. On top of fried chicken, it also offers sliders, fried pickles, white cheddar bites and mac & cheese. This location offers delivery only through third-party apps including Uber Eats and Grub Hub.
4900 W Park Boulevard
Plano residents Omar and Fatimah Ammar opened Pita Town Sept. 28. Pita Town serves beef shawarma, chicken shawarma and falafel in the form of both pita sandwiches and plates. It also serves hummus, baba ghanoush and other traditional Mediterranean sides. Pita Town products can also be found at farmers’ markets in the DFW area.
700 W Spring Creek Parkway Suite 106
Rum Cakes Factory
Rum Cakes Factory was originally started by Jorge Saab in Carrollton, and he recently opened a location in Plano this August. The menu offers a variety of cakes and cupcakes: strawberry, flourless, chocolate, red velvet, Grand Marnier, amaretto, lemon, carrot, coconut, chocolate, marble and vanilla – all infused with rum.
6101 Windhaven Parkway #140
Treat Yo Self
Treat Yo Self is a family-owned and operated froyo and nitro brew shop. It originally opened Feb. 29 and closed 18 days later due to the pandemic. The shop reopened May 1 and has been providing frozen yogurt and nitro coffee to East Plano ever since. It offers 12 daily flavors of frozen yogurt including dairy-free, sugar-free, fat-free and gluten-free options. There are over 50 toppings available to choose from.
4141 E Park Boulevard Suite 102
Urban Nutrition Lounge
Business partners Kelady Wendland and Lely Williams opened Urban Nutrition Lounge in July. Its shakes are a meal placement option and include flavors like Pecan Pie and Cookie Parfait. All of the shakes are filled with nutrients and antioxidants, and are meant to taste like a sweet treat.
1145 14th Street Unit 2117
Vitality Bowls is based out of San Ramon, California but has a Plano location that was opened in June by locals Mike and Suzette Crews. The menu consists of healthy bowls, smoothies, juices, paninis, soups and salads. The bowls all have ablended fruit base and then can be filled with an assortment of fruits, veggies and other toppings like honey and granola.
2100 Dallas Parkway Suite 132
Wasabi Sushi Bar and Bistro
This Japanese restaurant opened Sept. 15, providing authentic sushi cuisine to the Plano area. The owners are passionate about sharing fresh, healthy, flavorful food with their customers. Wasabi’s menu includes an array of sushi rolls, sushi starters like the tuna tower or shrimp ceviche, nigiri and sashimi.
6145 Windhaven Parkway Unit 120-B
WOW! Donuts and Drips
WOW! originally opened in Dec. 2017, but closed down temporarily when the pandemic hit in March. It reopened in September with a new addition to the menu: a croissant-donut hybrid, which the owners call “ooh-la-las.” There are plenty of other donut options as well as coffee beverages.
6509 Park Boulevard