An opening date has been set for City Works, a beer-centric restaurant coming to the Star complex in Frisco. The taps will flow on August 16, with a dinner-hours-only soft opening on the first two days; full hours with lunch will commence on August 18.
City Works comes from a company called Bottleneck Management, which began in 2001 with Trace, a tavern in Chicago, and which now oversees a variety of concepts with names such as Howells & Hood, The Boundary, and Old Town Pour House.
City Works continues the company's emphasis on craft beer but with more of a restaurant focus. The first location opened in Minneapolis in 2016. Three other locations have since opened in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Miami; Frisco will be the fifth.
Located at 3680 The Star Blvd., it will serve American cuisine with a twist overseen by chef Aaron Thrash, and a beer list of more than 90 local, regional, and global brews.
Nearly half of the beers on tap will be sourced from breweries around Dallas, including Four Corners Brewing, Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Rabbit Hole Brewing, Community Beer Co., Revolver Brewing, and more.
Beers can be ordered in full-sized portions, as well as 6-ounce portions for tasting, or for lightweight drinkers who can't handle an entire pint. They'll offer flights in a pre-selected suggestion or build-your-own. The draft list will constantly rotate, so there will always a new brew on tap.
Menu items include duck confit nachos, flatbreads topped with chicken or mushrooms, and the namesake City Works burger with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and pickle, served on a toasted brioche bun.
Entrees include a pork chop, smoked BBQ ribs, and cannelloni with shiitake and oyster mushrooms. Appetizers include pretzel rolls with a Gouda cheese dip, battered fried cheese curds, calamari, truffle mac and cheese, white bean hummus, and chili with both steak and pork.
Sandwiches include a chicken-Caesar wrap, filet mignon sliders, fish tacos, a duck Reuben on pumpernickel bread, and a grilled cheese with short rib.
Brunch is offered on the weekends, with dishes such as French toast stuffed with Baileys Irish cream cheese. A "monster" 20-ounce Bloody Mary comes topped with one of those silly skewers hoisting six items that include shrimp and a Slim Jim stir stick.
The space has 13,000 square feet and includes A/V capabilities, 18 flat-screen HDTVs, and eight massive 110-inch quad screens. There's a two-story outdoor patio, plus private and semi-private event spaces for game-day viewing, parties, and business gatherings.