Chef Graham Dodds is heading up a new concept that sounds like a perfect fit. Called the Farm Stand Cafe & Market, it's a restaurant and market located at Light Farms, a master-planned community in Celina from Republic Property Group.
The cafe will offer a full menu with lunch, dinner, and desserts, and will be open daily.
The market portion will feature cafe-style seating and goods for grab-and-go purchase, organic produce, pastries, school-kid lunch boxes, sandwiches, and more. It will carry fare from local producers, including beverages, coffee, breads and baked goods, pre-packaged snacks, organic produce, meat, cheese, eggs, milk, floral, and more.
Dodds was most recently at Greenville Avenue restaurant Wayward Sons, which closed in February; before that he was at Hibiscus, Central 214, and Bolsa, where he fine-tuned his devotion to hyper-local and ultra-seasonal cuisine. He's been consulting on projects such as Quincy Shack, the chicken place from restaurateur Jason Boso.
According to a release, the Farm Stand Cafe & Market is the first time a restaurant has been created within a specific community in North Texas, engineered with environmentally conscious practices and in partnership with a renowned local chef.
Dodds is a longtime supporter of local farmers and producers, and came on board with the goal of bringing residents and the surrounding areas fresh seasonal menu items while leading by example with respect to supporting local communities.
Light Farms will have an on-site school, Light Farms Elementary, plus five resort-style pools; a fitness center; a tennis and pickleball complex; bocce ball, basketball, and sand volleyball courts; a bike-sharing program; and a central community lawn for movie nights and concert series.