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Culver’s CEO – President Joe Koss retiring at end of year

PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. — Culver Franchising System LLC announced today the retirement of CEO and President Joe Koss at the end of 2020.

Culver’s is situated in McKinney, Texas, at 4200 W Eldorado Pkwy off Orchid Drive between Hardin and Lake Forest in McKinney, TX 75070.

After 23 years with this growing organization, to what is now nearly 770 restaurants, Koss made the decision to retire and spend more time with his family.

“Joe has positively impacted so many facets of our company in his time with us, especially his leadership through this unprecedented set of circumstances we’ve successfully navigated recently,” said co-founder Craig Culver. “That said, we certainly know how important family is and fully support his decision to focus there.”

Leadership at Culver Franchising System LLC is actively recruiting for a CEO to replace Koss.

Through the combined efforts of Craig Culver, an experienced leadership team, a dedicated support team, passionate owner-operators and an engaged Franchise Advisory Council, Culver’s continues to see strong same-store sales growth even amidst the pandemic. Culver’s also continues to enjoy a healthy pipeline of owner-operator interest in additional franchises.

Nearby Culver’s include 5100 TX-121, Lewisville, TX 75056 and 2475 Ridge Rd, Rockwall, TX 75087.

Nationwide estimated 100,000 restaurants closed since #Pandemic began

Six months after the first shutdown of restaurants for the coronavirus pandemic, the restaurant industry is in limbo. According to a new survey released today by the National Restaurant Association, nearly one in six restaurants (representing nearly 100,000 restaurants) is closed either permanently or long-term; nearly 3 million employees are out of work; and the industry is on track to lose $240 billion in sales by the end of the year.

Locally many North Texas restaurants have closed doors.

The survey, which asked restaurant operators about the six-month impact of the pandemic on their businesses, found that overwhelmingly, most restaurants are still struggling to survive and don’t expect their position to improve over the next six months. The findings include:

  • Consumer spending in restaurants remained well below normal levels in August. Overall, sales were down 34 percent on average.
  • Association analysis shows that the food-service industry has lost $165 billion in revenue March through July and is on track to lose $240 billion this year.
  • National Restaurant Association research estimates that for 2020, at least 100,000 restaurants will close, but the initial scope of closures won’t be known until government statistics are released in the months ahead.
  • 60% of operators say their restaurant’s total operational costs (as a percent of sales) are higher than they were prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • On average, restaurant operators say their current staffing levels are only 71 percent of what they would typically be in the absence of COVID-19.
  • In a recent consumer survey56 percent of adults said they are aware of a restaurant in their community that permanently closed during the pandemic.

“For an industry built on service and hospitality, the last six months have challenged the core understanding of our business,” said Tom Bené, President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association. “Our survival for this comes down to the creativity and entrepreneurship of owners, operators, and employees. Across the board, from independent owners to multi-unit franchise operators, restaurants are losing money every month, and they continue to struggle to serve their communities and support their employees.”

The survey also found that 40 percent of operators think it is unlikely their restaurant will be in business six months from now if there are no additional relief packages from the federal government.

“This survey reminds us that independent owners and small franchisees don’t have time on their side,” said Sean Kennedy, executive vice president of Public Affairs for the Association. “The ongoing disruptions and uncertainty make it impossible for these owners to plan for next week, much less next year.  Congress is about to leave Washington for the elections – we need them to focus on the short-term, basic solutions that have secured bipartisan support and passed one or both chambers.  We urge immediate passage of these while we work with lawmakers on the comprehensive elements of our ‘Blueprint for Restaurant Revival.’

“The food-service industry was the nation’s second largest private sector employer and pumped more than $2 trillion into the economy right up until our sudden shutdown,” Kennedy said. “Making an investment in an industry that consumers love and that powers the economy is a good business and economic move for Congress as they search for the biggest bang for their recovery buck.”

Going to be missed: Tony’s Cafe – All-Day Breakfast – shuts doors in Plano TX

The first place our family had breakfast after moving to Plano, Texas, was Tony’s Cafe. That was in the early 1990s.

Since then had been trying and alternating the breakfast specials and trying the lunches. The first time was two eggs scrambled, with bacon, toast, black coffee and a side of ham. The server was named Lina, and she introduced our table to the chef – who turned out to be Tony.

No matter how busy they were from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and they were always full for breakfast on the weekend, the owners would stop by tables to see if you thought your food was good. We never sent any back and had been ducking into Tony’s for breakfast since they opened in 1989 at Spring Creek Parkway and Alma across from the ball fields. … that was before our family moved to Plano.

It was over breakfast at Tony’s we made a final decision on which house to make an offer on, and our Realtor, who was part of the Hedgcoxe family, had recommended we meet at Tony’s for coffee.

Before Tony’s opened we had been going to the Little Chef on Independence at Parker for breakfast and later we added Little Gus at Coit and Legacy to our breakfast tour. Keeping it all in the family.

My last breakfast there was the grilled pork chops with scrambled eggs with orange juice.

NBC5 DFW news story on Tony’s Cafe closing




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Plano TX: Barnes & Noble Kitchen ending short story at Legacy West

Word is Barnes & Noble Kitchen and bookstore has decided to not reopen in Legacy West.

At the Kitchen, Barnes & Noble combined serving food with being a destination for books and reading material.

The B&N Kitchen looked like a cool place, and the food was good on our last visit in early March for a sandwich before the Covid-19 kept everyone from getting out of the house.

This is how B&N billed The Kitchen when it opened about three years ago: “The 9,000 square foot Legacy West new concept store will be a place to relax, discover new books, listen to an author speak and have a glass of wine.”

Shoppers still have Barnes & Noble bookstores locally at Creek Walk Village in Plano on U.S. 75 and 15th Street and in West Plano at Preston and Park.

In Frisco, B&N remains open at Stonebriar Mall on Preston Road.

Firewheel in Garland, and Dallas stores are also operating.

Most in-store events have been canceled because of the Covid-19 virus.

More now than ever, shop local.



Downtown Dine-Out Picnic #visitmckinney

Visit historic downtown McKinney for live music and great food May 23rd 2020.

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Music: Learn guitar on the McKinney Square. Discover Guitar Gallery on the Square. Hint go to Spoons first.

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