New English pub The Derbyshire will furnish Frisco with all the pub perks
The British are coming to Frisco Square — via a new pub called The Derbyshire, opening at 6142 Frisco Square Blvd., with a goal to become the go-to destination for people seeking an authentic British experience in Frisco.
Named after a pub in the UK, The Derbyshire will draw on influences from England, Scotland, and Ireland but will skew toward North London. According to owner Matthew Hunsicker, it's slated to open in early 2024.
Hunsicker is most recently a VP for IKEA, with 14 years of experience in the food & beverage industry with Marriott and other brands. The Derbyshire is his first restaurant-bar, which he felt inspired to do after perceiving the lack of an authentic British pub in the Frisco Square area.
This authenticity will extend to the menu with dishes such as fish & chips, bangers & mash, steak & potato pie, and an English pub salad; and the decor, with traditional British pub memorabilia such as framed vintage posters, a London-style red phone booth, sports memorabilia, and historic photographs.
"It’s going to be very professional in nature, not a dark wood, Irish pub," Hunsicker says. "We want people to feel comfortable coming in off the golf course or entertaining business clients over lunch."
They'll supplement the pub fare with American dishes include a chicken cutlet sandwich, smash burger, wedge salad, and wings. The menu will top out at about a dozen items, which Hunsicker describes as "intentionally limited."
“We wanted to have something for everyone but not be overwhelming,” he says.
And they're keeping prices low: $14-15 for entrees and a commitment that no draft beer will cost more than $5.
It's going into the former Tavern on The Square, where they've made a huge investment by building out a commercial kitchen. There will also be an outdoor patio and two-story seating options, including creative and modern ways to execute the classic pub booth called the "snug."
With a close proximity to Medical City Frisco, The Derbyshire will be there for the business crowd — but leave the kids at home.
"We’re decidedly adult," Hunsicker says. "We're not going to have a kids' menu or highchairs. There are plenty of other places to go for family dining in Frisco. We want to be a respite from that experience."
While not technically a sports bar, the pub will have 15 TVs featuring football and soccer matches, and will open early on weekends for English football.
If all that's not enough, it'll be open with exceedingly user-friendly long hours: seven days a week, from 11 am to midnight.
"A lot of people don’t work the standard 9-5," he says. "We want people to be able to get the same quality meal at 11:45 am as 11:45 pm."