A new tavern concept that aims for world domination is coming to Plano: Called CraftWorks Kitchen, it's a hopeful chain-in-the-making from food & beverage team Troy Cooper and Mike Hutchinson, and will open in Plano's LakeSide Market in October.
According to a release, the address is 5809 Preston Rd., #578, which was most previously home to Ziziki's. Before that, Olea. Remember Olea? Mediterranean oasis with fine cuisine, a relaxing atmosphere, and romantic music? Best tiramisu of 2008? The same year it closed? Anyway.
Hutchinson, who will serve as COO and culinary lead, most recently ran operations for Kenny's Restaurant Group, the collection of restaurants that includes Kenny's Wood Fired Grill. Prior to that, he worked with Rockfish, Twin Peaks, Plano Café, and more.
Cooper, who will serve as president and CEO, has a long history of growing brands across multiple markets, having led such brands as Rockfish, Boston's, Front Burner, and more.
Their menu is still being finalized but offers an elevated take on modern American cuisine, at a moderate price point. Signature appetizers so far include candied bacon, blue cheese chips, and New Orleans-inspired chicken wings.
Entrees include steaks such as a duck fat sous-vide filet, seafood such as salmon and ahi tuna, and pasta dishes. There are also entrée salads, soups, and sandwiches, including a Reuben with house-cured pastrami.
The team plans a signature cocktail list that includes frozen cocktails, plus beer and wine with numerous by-the-glass options.
They'll be open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.
The restaurant has 3,100 square feet, with 70 in the dining room, 15 in a clubby bar, and a patio with seating for 50, with live entertainment on weekends.
This is but the first; the team plans to open additional CraftWorks Kitchen locations across North Texas.