Heard It Through the Grapevine
A new branch of Main Street Bread Baking Company opens soon in Coppell, but this one has a new name: Bistro M. This location, the fourth, leads the charge in a new direction for the small bakery-restaurant chain.
Changes include a bigger menu, a bar and later hours — all steps the other three branches eventually will adopt, says Cindy Gaston, who is opening the Coppell store.
Gaston left her job at American Airlines five years ago to enter the world of franchising. She originally had a coffee place in mind when she met owners Fabien Goury and Yasmine Bohsali, who opened the first Main Street Baking in Grapevine in 2000.
"They hadn't started franchising yet, so we're kind of going through this together," Gaston says.
The vibe at Bistro M will be a little more upscale, rather than the brunchy profile it's had up until now. "There will be appetizers on the menu and more dinner items," she says. "The Coppell branch will have a full-service bar and live entertainment some nights."
One typical new menu item: the salmon and avocado "Napoleon" with layers of seafood and avocado. Running the kitchen will be Dashonda Nunn, a Le Cordon Bleu trained-chef who owns a catering co.
"The premise of our menu is the same as Grapevine or Legacy or Richardson, but ... we'll have new menu items created specifically for this location that will roll over to the rest," Nunn says.
Richardson and Plano both do dinner already.
Bistro M is going into the old Fat Daddy's space, with a hoped-for opening in the next two weeks. Once it opens, they'll begin to revamp the Grapevine branch, adding a bar and extending its hours from the current 6 pm closing time.
"Hopefully we're all going to be on the same page," Gaston says.