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The Rib Whisperer brings back the BBQ at 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House in Frisco

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Trace Arnold, 3 Stacks
3 Stacks co-owner Trace Arnold displays some of the ribs he's known to whisper to. Photo courtesy of 3 Stacks
3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House
"Pssst. Hey ribs, what's up?" Photo courtesy of 3 Stacks
3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House
3 Stacks has new booth seating where the cafeteria line used to be. Photo courtesy of 3 Stacks
3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House
The area behind the hostess stand at 3 Stacks has been reorganized. Photo courtesy of 3 Stacks
Trace Arnold, 3 Stacks
3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House
3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House
3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House

The smoked meat is back at 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House in Frisco, which reopens Monday, February 3. The reopening follows a three-week renovation that improved the layout and allowed the restaurant to offer full service.

3 Stacks opened in February 2013 as a hybrid between self-service and sit-down dining. The idea was that diners would come through the line to order; once seated, a server would bring drinks or desserts. But customers persuaded owners Trace "The Rib Whisperer" Arnold and Jason Hall to expand to a full-service experience from start to finish.

The cafeteria line has been removed and replaced by additional booths and tables. There's also a new merchandising area behind the hostess stand where customers can buy Arnold's signature rubs and sauces.

The menu was also tweaked, with the addition of some new dishes: fried dill pickles, cheese fries, cowboy Cobb salad, Contessa's salad, beef short rib burger, brisket cheesesteak, club sandwich and a BBQ Cuban sandwich. Other menu items include tacos, meats by the pound, pizzas, sandwiches and Frito pie.

"We've been overwhelmed by the positive response to our BBQ, but there were always questions about the serving concept," Arnold says. "Jason and I operate under 'the customer's always right' philosophy.

"We're pleased to now offer a full-service experience at 3 Stacks and give the people what they want."

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