In 2015, a study named Frisco as one of the top 10 places in America to open a restaurant. Judging by the number of new places popping up in the Dallas suburb recently, we're guessing that also applies to bars.
Here are two new beer-focused bars you should know about.
When Chicago-based Bottleneck Management was deciding the national markets in which to expand City Works, a craft beer-focused restaurant concept, Texas was a top pick.
"It was kind of the classic 'everything's bigger in Texas' situation," says Angela Zoiss, vice president of marketing for Bottleneck. "Some of the things we do are big and excessive, and we thought this seems to be a great fit."
She's talking about City Works' 90 draft beer taps, its 110-inch video walls for sports-watching, and a 1.5-pound Bavarian pretzel on the restaurant's happy hour menu. Couple those offerings with the founders' love of sports, and City Works couldn't pass up a location at The Star in Frisco, adjacent to the Dallas Cowboys' practice facility and headquarters.
City Works, which opened Aug. 16, is equal parts beer pub and sports bar complete with flat screen TVs and a large outdoor patio. Hungry? Choose from an array of burgers, sandwiches, tacos, bar snacks, soups and salads. Entrees include salmon, baby back ribs, fish and chips, and meatloaf, among other plates. The restaurant also begins serving brunch Aug. 19.
While is Frisco is home to the first City Works in Texas, it's not the only one. A location in Fort Worth is expected to open at the end of October.
City Works, 3680 The Star Blvd., Suite 1300, Frisco.
Cork and Growler
There will soon be a new place to fill growlers in Frisco. Cork and Growler is a shop from couple Vincent and Carmelle Martinez, who decided to turn their passion for craft beer into a business venture.
Vincent is home brewer of more than a decade and after the beer boom took hold in North Texas, he and his wife made a habit of trying the local growler shops. They're hoping to make craft beer accessible to less savvy drinkers.
"A lot of the growler bars, we felt, were like a boys club. You have you know the craft beer lingo or get out," says Carmelle. "Our plan to educate people on craft beer."
Cork and Growler, which opens September 2, has 45 draft taps -- 41 for beer and four for wine -- the majority of which will be dedicated to local brews, Carmelle says. Bring your growler or buy one of the many available onsite. Carmelle also anticipates selling crowlers -- can growlers, if you will -- shortly after the bar opens.
Since Cork and Growler doesn't have a kitchen, it's partnering with local food truck Tu Bones BBQ to offer drinkers something to soak up the suds on select days.
This spot isn't just for humans. The Martinezes, who are passionate dog lovers, have partnered with Simba's Barkery in Plano to offer dog beer (an alcohol-free blend of strawberries, apples, molasses and water) and other treats to four-legged patrons.
Cork and Growler, 8979 FM 423, Suite 100, Frisco.