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Canadian sports bar circles Plano, Texas, for first location in U.S.

Canadian sports bar circles Plano, Texas, for first location in U.S.

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Bites at this new sports bar will include burgers. Photo courtesy of Shark Club

An upscale hotel from Canada is coming to North Texas, and bringing with it two places to dine — one that's new not only to Texas but to the United States.

The hotel is a Sandman Signature Hotel opening in Plano from Sandman Signature Hotel Group, a subsidiary of Vancouver-based Northland Properties Group. That's the group that's owned by Tom Gaglardi, proprietor of the Dallas Stars.

Launched in 2007, Sandman Signature Hotels is an upscale brand with high-end amenities including spas, restaurants, rooms, business centers, concierge, and valet service.

The Plano location has been in the works since 2014. According to a spokesperson, it's scheduled to open mid-2018 at 8451 Parkwood Blvd., at Dallas North Tollway and SH-121.

It will boast 236 guest rooms, a swimming pool, fitness center, business center, banquet facilities, and two on-site restaurants.

One of those restaurants: Moxie's Grill & Bar, the gastropubby "premium-casual" concept which made its debut in the DFW area — and for that matter, in the United States — in 2016, when it opened as part of an ongoing renovation of the The Crescent, the office, hotel, and retail complex in Uptown Dallas, where its burgers, sushi, and cocktails have made it a popular local destination.

The second eatery set to open at the hotel is the Shark Club, a sports bar sibling of Moxie's that's brand new to the United States.

Founded in 1993, Shark Club has 13 locations across Canada. The original location in Toronto is known for its 90-foot-long sports ticker.

Shark Club features include towering big screen HD TVs, multiple satellite feeds, pay-per-view events, and a comfortable "man cave" atmosphere.

Its menu shares some dishes with Moxie's — most predictably poutine, the Canadian signature dish in which french fries are topped with cheese curds and gravy.

Other appetizer options include edamame, nachos, sliders with beef and American cheese, fried pickles, blue cheese potato chips, tater tots, build-your-own tacos, pretzels with Guinness beer cheese, calamari, chicken tenders, and wings.

There are half a dozen burgers, including a loaded burger topped with bacon, cheddar, onions, and mushrooms; and a house-made veggie burger with a panko crust.

Sandwiches include roast beef dip, fried chicken, steak sandwich, and chicken quesadilla. There's a trio of pizzas, one topped with spicy chicken.

Entrees include steak frites, spaghetti and meatballs, and an Indian-flavored butter chicken with jasmine rice.

According to a company representative, the Plano Moxie's will open in the fall, and the Shark Club is targeted to open in November 2018.

Combining Sandman Signature hotels with Shark Club restaurants is a Northland Properties' tradition; the Gaglardi family has initiated the same setup in other locations including Newcastle, England.

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