Houston-based Kolache Factory rolls into Dallas, with new Plano shop and more onthe way
Kolaches — the small, sweet, filled rolls of Czech origin — are all over Texas, served mostly at mom-and-pop spots or as a side treat at doughnut shops. But Dallas has a bigger player in Kolache Factory, which opened in Plano in September at Coit Road and Plano Parkway.
A Houston-based chain founded in 1982, Kolache Factory has 42 branches around Texas, Colorado, Kansas and Missouri. The company website reads that it's been recognized as one of the "Top 5 Drive-thru's in America" by the Food Network.
Kolache Factory has been eyeing Dallas as a destination for expansion, says spokesperson Aaron Nielsen.
"You name it, we’ve put it inside the kolache bread," says spokesperson Aaron Nielsen.
"Dallas and Houston are similar, size-wise, and we've wanted to get up to Dallas for a couple of years," he says. "We have a franchisor who's committed to open two more stores in the Plano area in the next two and a half years, and we're looking for more expansion in the rest of Dallas-Fort Worth."
Baked pastries, especially yeast-based, are fairly rare in Texas. Kolaches do have yeast, but true to their Eastern European tradition, they're more doughy than raised. Fillings usually include prune, poppy seed, sausage or cottage cheese, plus fruit fillings such as cherry, peach, apple and apricot.
Kolache Factory has some signature options, like chocolate-cream cheese, spinach, Italian chicken, and sausage and gravy. Nielsen says the flavors are more savory than sweet.
"The majority of our menu is the kolache, although we offer cinnamon rolls and croissants as well," he says. "For those who like to try something new, we have a flavor of the month. One month it was caramel apple with cream cheese. We have a Philly cheesesteak. You name it, we’ve put it inside the kolache bread."
They also have a great "coffee concept," he says, with espressos and cappuccinos.
Our kolache options have been limited to driving to West, Texas, the kolache capital of the state, or hitting one of the random shops in the 'burbs, such as Duffy's Kolache Bakery in north Fort Worth and Kolache Station in Plano.
"There are tons of mom-and-pop shops that have one or two branches, but there's probably no one doing it on the scale that we are," Nielsen says.