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Frisco’s menu to soon expand by two options

FRISCO – When it comes to eating out in Frisco, options traditionally have been somewhat limited – at least, compared to a town like Breckenridge.

That all may change soon. At least two new restaurants are expecting to open their doors on Frisco’s Main Street next year.

Farley’s Chop House

Construction workers are busy building a 9,000 square-foot, two-story building on the northwest corner of Fifth and Main.

Already, 70 percent of the building space – which will include a restaurant, office and retail space and private residences – is leased, said local developer Rob Philippe. The building should be up and its businesses running by mid-January.

Farley’s Chop House likely will be the main attraction of the new building. That’s right, Farley’s is making a comeback in Frisco.

The traditional steakhouse and locals’ hangout spent more than 20 years in Copper Mountain before it lost its home at the ski resort about two years ago.

The restaurant will be dressed up a little more than the old Farley’s, but it will still offer quality food and good service for reasonable prices, Philippe said.

Owners George and Lisa Tousey and Seth Zeller were unavailable for comment.

Alpinista Pizzeria

Meanwhile, developers down the street at West Frisco Gateway are expecting to receive a permit to begin construction on a new building just west of Alpine Natural Foods.

The one-story, 2,475-square-foot building is modeled to look like a historic train station, said Mark Sabatini, vice president of Solleron Resources Inc., managing partner for the project.

Alpinista Pizzeria, a “nice, upscale” restaurant in Edwards has signed a lease with the developers to open a second pizzeria in Frisco.

If workers are able to break ground on the project in the next few weeks, Alpinista, too, may be up and running in the beginning of 2004.

More choice or tighter competition

Some Frisco locals and business owners have debated whether or not there is room for more restaurants in Frisco.

Some say there isn’t enough demand in Frisco and adding more restaurants to the mix will only make it harder for existing restaurants to prosper.

On the other hand, a wider variety of eateries in town might bring more people to Frisco, which could benefit everyone.

Frisco Mayor Bob Moscatelli said he’s not sure what the town’s capacity for restaurants is, but unless town officials limit the number of liquor licenses they issue, there’s no stopping new restaurants from coming to town.

“I guess we’ll know (the limit) when we bump up against it,” Moscatelli said. “I, personally, like variety. But I don’t want to see any of our current restaurants fail. If the town is more attractive because we have more variety, then we’ll attract more people and everybody can be profitable. I hope that’s the way it turns out.”

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