Nancy Nichols reports Sunday morning on DMagazine.com that Smoke will be closing its doors in Plano, Texas, on Preston Road.
We’ve never known Nancy Nichols to be wrong. She beat everyone to the story.
Smoke’s post on Facebook on Sunday confirmed the story a little later.
“After 2 1/2 years of business, we are sad to announce that we are closing our Smoke Plano location after our brunch service August 13th.
We’d like to publicly thank our landlords at Eden, the City of Plano, the neighborhoods of Willow Bend, Prestonwood, and the other surrounding 13 neighborhood associations. We would also like to thank the many employees, past and current, who have contributed their time to help us try to succeed. We have made many great friends and employed a ton of great people.
We will be relocating our current staff to our other restaurant concepts. We truly tried to make it work, but to put it simply there is no more gas left in the tank. Thank you for your support. We could not have made it this far without you.
Please don’t forget to join us at our Smoke Restaurant Dallas location for the same great food. We would also love to serve you at our other sister restaurant concepts: Bolsa Restaurant The Theodore Chicken Scratch The Foundry Bar.”
Is it tough to make it in the restaurant business today. Consider: The average household income within a mile of Preston and Park is more than $100,000 a year per household in Plano.
Plano has already lost a number of restaurants recently such as Pollo Tropical, Spaghetti Warehouse, TGI Friday’s, Corner Bakery (because of fire).
One of our CPA friends said the she notes the average person between the ages of 20 and 50 no longer has as much free spendable income to go out to eat with the family, when meals for three or four could cost more than $50, including drinks.
She has been advising young families to not buy tea or soft drinks, because those now average almost $3 per person. Ask for water instead.
Also, the CPA notes, people are waiting longer to get married. Plus, many families now have one parent. And, CPA notes many no longer have extra money because health, auto and home insurance costs have erased dining out money. Whatever the reason some big names are closing, we continue to support local restaurants, shops and chambers of commerce and the BBB (see Brian Reagan in McKinney for way’s to build your local business http://bbb.org/dallas).
Here are local restaurants with locations we like because of the food and customer service. Continue supporting these …
Angelo and Vito’s Pizzeria in Plano (Legacy and Independence)
Babe’s Chicken in Frisco near railroad downtown
Bavarian Grill in Plano (west of 75 on Parker)
Brother’s Pizza in McKinney (on Eldorado)
Bill Smith’s Cafe in McKinney (Hwy. 380 east of U.S. 75)
Cadillac Pizza in McKinney (downtown square)
Campisi’s in Plano (Parker and Preston)
Covino’s in Plano (Parker and Independence)
Eddy’s Pizza in Plano (Custer and 15th)
El Norte in Plano (near the DPS driver’s license location on Parker)
Fishmonger’s in Plano on 75 near bridge
Harry’s at the Harbor in McKinney (Adriatica)
Hedary’s in Allen
Jasper’s in Plano at Shops of Legacy
Kula Revolving Sushi Bar in Plano (75 and Legacy)
Latin Pig in Plano (Custer and Parker)
Lockhart Smokehouse in downtown Plano
Norma’s Cafe in Frisco and Plano
Pie Five pizza
Rick’s Chophouse in McKinney (Downtown Square)
Rio Bravo in Plano (Alma and Legacy)
Salsa TexMex in Frisco and Plano
Sea Breeze Fish Market and Grill in Plano
SMOKE in Plano (Closed Aug. 13, 2017)
Steve Fields Steak and Lobster in Plano
Sushi Shack in Plano (Parker and Independence)
The Original Pancake House in Plano (on 75 or on tollway)
The Pantry in McKinney (Downtown Square)
Tino’s Too in Plano north of downtown on Ave. K
Tony’s Cafe of Plano (Alma and Spring Creek)
Yama Izakaya and Sushi
and all the new spots at Legacy West
and you know what, we say thank you to the hard-working people at Fuddrucker’s, BJ’s Brewhouse, Market Street, Jason’s Deli, McDonald’s, Whataburger, In and Out and Denny’s and all the pizza and chinese delivery folks …
TRIP ADVISOR Best restaurants in Plano
We left a few good restaurants out. Wish ones should be recognized?
Be sure to leave a comment to tell everyone your favorite local restaurant that deserves attention and local support … Thank you for sharing, and supporting local chambers and business.
And thanks again to the great reporting by Nancy Nichols. Read all of her reviews in D Magazine and subscribe