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You can drink wine at cool new-concept restaurant-bookstore in Plano

You can drink wine at cool new-concept restaurant-bookstore in Plano

B&N Kitchen
You can eat and read books. Photo by B&N

The new Barnes & Noble with the unique in-house restaurant that's opening at Legacy West in Plano has a date: November 10. This is a new-concept store combining a bookstore with a full-service restaurant called the Barnes & Noble Kitchen, which features shareable dishes plus wine and craft beer. The store is one of the new smaller-format prototypes being tested by the company.

"Legacy West is an innovative new development that makes it an ideal location for one of our new concept stores," says Barnes & Noble's CEO Demos Parneros in a release. "This store is part of our ongoing effort to test new concept stores. We are still learning from all of the new stores that we have opened across the country, and we are excited about the knowledge we have gained in these markets."

The Barnes & Noble Kitchen menu reflects the seasonality of local ingredients. Dishes include herb-rubbed chicken, pan-roasted salmon, a brisket hickory burger, hummus, and a cheeseplate. Chef Robbie Nowlin, who is leading the restaurant team, was previously at Boudro's Texas Bistro and Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar in San Antonio.

The Kitchen at Barnes & Noble Legacy West features indoor and outdoor seating, full-table service, plus the usual informal spots for coffee or glass of wine. Indoors seating includes a community worktable with easily accessible outlets. You can also sit at the bar or at a table with table service. The patio has large accordion doors, a large water fountain, and an outdoor bar.

Other cutting-edge features at the store include mobile devices that provide detailed information on all products, and self-serve kiosks throughout the store where customers can discover books and other products and locate them in the store through an interactive store mapping tool. Customers can also order and ship directly to their home.

Community events will include book fairs for local schools, signings, and storytimes, wine and food tastings, and intimate music events.

The store is in Suite G170 on 7700 Windrose Ave.

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