A North Carolina restaurant chain that specializes in biscuits is headed for Texas. Rise Biscuits & Donuts will open its first location in Texas at 950 W. Stacy Rd. It's going into Stacy Village, a new shopping center underway at the busy intersection of Stacy and Watters roads in Allen.
Rise was founded by Tom Ferguson in 2012 in the Raleigh-Durham area, where it has seven locations. The restaurants are open for breakfast and lunch only and specialize in the hot foodie trend of biscuit sandwiches, filled with options like ham, sausage, eggs, and fried chicken.
There are also some good-looking doughnuts, another big trend. They are organized under categories called "old school," such as raspberry jelly-filled, and "new school," such as maple bacon.
Ferguson, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has local ties: He grew up in Grand Prairie and still has family here. The Dallas-area stores will be overseen by his brother and sister-in-law, Dax and Brandy Ferguson. Dax runs a construction company called Heritage Construction and Consulting Services, so he'll manage the build-out, while Brandy, who runs a blog called The Marathon Mom, will oversee the restaurant operations.
Opening date for the Allen restaurant is fall 2016, but there are more on the way.
"We're planning on opening six stores in the area," Dax says. "We're looking at Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Prosper, and the corridor by Nebraska Furniture Mart. They're all in Collin County. No Dallas stores — yet."