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.



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Steak ‘n Shake closing more locations

Texas-based Steak ‘n Shake restaurants announced that about 10 percent of its restaurants won’t reopen.

The COVID-19 slowdown of the economy is cited as major reason. Steak ‘n Shake, owned by Biglari Holdings in San Antonio, Texas, has been offering free french fries for all and discounts for “essential” workers.

Gus Belt founded Steak ‘n Shake in 1934.

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