Frisco is getting some fried chicken, oh yeah, with the arrival of a Dallas institution: Park Cities staple Bubba's Cooks Country will open a location in Frisco at 4585 Preston Rd.
This will be only the second location for Bubba's, which has been doing fried chicken in Snider Plaza in a converted 1929 Texaco gas station since 1981.
Bubba's is from Paul "Bubba" Vinyard, who founded the Babe's Chicken Dinner House chain with his wife Mary Beth; her nickname was "Babe." She passed away in 2008.
Their mission was simple: share the family recipes they grew up on in West Texas. Bubba's serves fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, yeast rolls, and black-eyed peas.
They opened the first Babe's Chicken Dinner House in 1993. There are now nine locations including Roanoke, Garland, Sanger, Carrollton, Burleson, Granbury, Frisco, Cedar Hill, and Arlington, with another one in the works for North Richland Hills.
You may notice that list includes Frisco, but a representative for the company says there is more than enough room in Frisco for both a Bubba's and a Babe's.
"They are not the same concept," he says. "It's the same fried chicken, yes, but at Bubba's, you can buy the chicken by the piece, whereas at Babe's, the style is that you sit down and order lunch."
And to that point, the service model is different as well. "At Bubba's, it's walk-up service where you order at the counter," he says. "There are no waitresses. You take your tray and go back to your seat."
There are variation in the menu, too. Bubba's has Babe's mashed potatoes and biscuits, but it has other menu items that Babe's does not have, and vice versa.
One major difference is hours. Babe's is open for lunch and dinner, but Bubba's opens at 6:30 am for breakfast, too, with an entire breakfast menu.
Bubba's also has a drive-through, reinforcing its profile as a fast-casual to-go concept.
The Frisco location will open "possibly in the next few weeks," and takes over a space previously occupied by PDQ, a location of a Florida-based chicken tenders chain which closed in early 2018.
There's yet another member of the Babe's family: a steak house called Sweetie Pie's Ribeyes, which opened in Decatur in 2006.