Healthy Dallas restaurant chain bails on plagued Frisco neighborhood
Frisco lost a healthy dining option in March with the closure of Start, a small Dallas-based restaurant chain dedicated to healthy fast-food to go.
The restaurant announced its closure via a note posted on its website, stating, "We are sad to tell you that we are closing our doors today, March 12. Unfortunately, the development of the area immediately surrounding Start on Lebanon Road has been halted."
"We are thankful for the support and enthusiasm of our guests, and for the commitment of our hard-working staff," it said.
Start was founded in 2012 by mom and former attorney Erin McKool as a place to get from-scratch food on the go, as a healthy alternative to fast-food joints, with a drive-through window being key.
She opened her first location at 4814 Greenville Ave., then a second at 4023 Lemmon Ave.
Open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant serves egg sandwiches, burgers, empanadas, and butternut squash bisque. Fan favorites include quinoa salad with avocados and sweet potato tater tots.
The Frisco location opened in August 2018 at the northeast corner of Lebanon Road and Parkwood Boulevard, a strip of Lebanon Road with only a RaceTrac gas station nearby.
"It was hard because they're still trying to build up the area," said a Start employee.
The development that's being "halted" is Wade Park, the troubled project by Atlanta developer Stan Thomas that was due to open less than a mile away. The project had commitments from Whole Foods Market, Hotel ZaZa, and Bread Zeppelin, but after it repeatedly went into foreclosure, they all walked away from the deal.
The property was acquired in February by an invisible Delaware LLC called WP Development Partners.