The Omni Frisco Hotel opened this week, and Dallas Cowboys owner/part-time innkeeper Jerry Jones enticed Nick Badovinus to open a northern outpost of Neighborhood Services as the hotel's anchor restaurant. The third iteration of Neighborhood Services brings much of what made it successful in Dallas and Addison to The Star, including most of the popular lunch and dinner dishes on the menu. Inside feels familiar, too, with soft, warm lighting, rich wood textures and an expansive bar and patio area that overlooks the outdoor practice field of the Ford Center. With seating for 200, the space still manages to feel cozy, as if it held half as many patrons.
Jerrier also commissioned local artist Clay Stinnett to add some colorful paintings to the decor, many of which are larger-scale versions of Star Wars-themed art that decorates Jerrier's home. Jerrier describes the decorating process: "I'll call up Clay and say, 'What if we took the Run DMC picture and made them all stormtroopers?' and we go from there."
Cane Rosso's pizzas get a Frisco twist: They're cut and baked into star shapes. The house pizza, eponymously named The Star, comes with arugula, pepperoni, heirloom tomatoes and shaved Parmesan. The points of the pizza are stuffed with ricotta before getting a high-temperature blast in the helmet oven, and the results are predictably spectacular.
Cow Tipping Creamery. The brick-and-mortar spot serves up the soft serve you know and love but also makes life easier for Cow Tipping's food truck that still lives in Carrollton. Instead of running the entire operation from the truck (a challenge made more difficult in the Texas heat), the Frisco store will serve as home base for deliveries and production for both locations. As a bonus, the additional space for prep will let Cow Tipping Creamery experiment with additional flavors and specials, all of which will surely make bubble cone converts of people in Collin County.
Later this year, additional dining options such as Liberty Burger and Mi Cocina are also expected to open in The Star. The Ford Center is set to host Cowboys training camp before a regular schedule of high school football games this fall, and we imagine the new restaurants will benefit greatly from traffic generated by these events. Two years ago, we would have never imagined Frisco as a dining destination, but the development of The Star is doing its best to change our minds.