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Big-name restaurants join roster at stupendous Dallas Cowboys Center in Frisco

Big-name restaurants join roster at stupendous Dallas Cowboys Center

Mi Cocina shrimp salad
The Star in Frisco gets a lineup of fresh new restaurants. Photo courtesy of Mi Cocina

Just when you thought The Star in Frisco could not get any more stupendous, the new world headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys has lined up another round of openings that will include a retail center, walk of fame, and new restaurants.

The Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor Walk and Dallas Cowboys Community Ring of Honor, presented by Dr Pepper, is a little bit football, a little bit Hollywood, and a little bit Dr Pepper.

Inspired by the Ring of Honor at AT&T Stadium, it will honor the 21 members of the Dallas Cowboys Football Club who have made outstanding contributions throughout the team's history. North Texas community leaders will also be recognized via a rotating showcase that will introduce new honorees each year, starting in 2017.

At a media event on May 4, Super Bowl champions Roger Staubach and Drew Pearson were the first to cast their spikes in concrete.

The new restaurants announced include City Works, Dee Lincoln Prime, Liberty Burger, Mi Cocina, Neighborhood Services, Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip, and Tupelo Honey Café.

"With the combination of these great restaurant brands and the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor Walk and Dallas Cowboys Community Ring of Honor, presented by Dr Pepper, we are confident The Star will be one of the greatest destinations for fans, the community, and visitors from around the world," says Charlotte Jones Anderson, VP and brand officer of the Dallas Cowboys, in a release.

The retail space will be south of The Ford Center and Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters. Neighborhood Services will be located inside the Omni Hotel at The Star. More retailers within The Star will be announced; it's scheduled to be completed in early 2017.

City Works does American cuisine with more than 90 craft beers on draft. The menu has short ribs, a pork chop, burgers, grilled cheese, fish tacos, and filet mignon sliders. The concept debuted in Minneapolis in March 2016; this will be the fourth location and the first in Texas. Co-owner Chris Bisallon says in a release that the restaurant will feature "top-notch audio/visual, premium beverage program, and scratch cooking." So, "audio/visual," a sports bar component, then.

Tupelo Honey Café does Southern favorites, and has craft beer as well, for who does not? The menu has fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, meatloaf, and burgers. It opened its first location in Asheville, North Carolina, 15 years ago; this will be its 15th location and the first in Texas. CEO Stephen Frabitore says he's excited to be associated with one of the greatest franchises in the world, by which he means the Dallas Cowboys.

Neighborhood Services is the first in a joint venture with Omni and what the release calls a "three-meal-style shop." Which is to say, they'll be open for breakfast. This is the fourth and largest location in Texas. Chef-owner Nick Badovinus says in a release that his partnership with Omni has been a fantastic experience.

Dee Lincoln Prime will open in spring 2017 with steak, sushi, and seafood. No stranger to the Cowboys, Lincoln opened Dee Lincoln's Tasting Room & Bubble Bar at AT&T Stadium in 2009.

Liberty Burger is the gourmet burger chain founded by Mariel Street. This will be the first location in Frisco and the sixth in Dallas-Fort Worth. Owner of the Frisco branch is Luis Ibarguengoytia.

Mi Cocina at The Star in Frisco will be the 22nd location in Texas. CEO Rob Viveros says this branch will be unlike anything they've built in the past, with new and unique menu items.

Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip is known for its Nestlé Toll House cookies and cookie cakes, but the Frisco branch will also serve smoothies, ice creams, coffee, cold drinks, panini sandwiches, wraps, and savory crepes for lunch.

There's also a new training facility for dancers called Next Step Dance, which is moving from its current location on Frisco Square Boulevard. Co-owners Michelle Stafford, Rita Allen, and Russell Spearman said that they wanted the association with a world-famous organization, by which they mean the Dallas Cowboys, which they hope will expose students to an unparalleled atmosphere to learn and practice dance of all disciplines.