New Frisco eatery offers lower-priced meals
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FRISCO – Main Street’s latest eatery – the Frisco Depot, on West Main – will cater to the “wallet-weary and budget conscious” locals and visitors, said owner Charlie Eazor.
“It’s an atmosphere like eating at your kitchen table,” Eazor said, explaining that the new restaurant, which opened just a week ago, is aiming to keep almost all its meals, except large pizzas, under $10.
“We’re quite pleased that we hit our objectives,” Eazor said. “We want two adults to be able to eat here for under $20, and family of four, with two small kids, for under $30,” he said.
Since the cost of food is about the same for all restaurants, Eazor tackled the pricing issue from the service side. The new restaurant is operated diner-style, where patrons can help themselves to drinks at a soda fountain, for example, to keep labor costs down.
“We had to figure out a way to keep the prices down without paying our people less,” Eazor said.
Eazor said the 88-seat Depot – formerly the A-Train restaurant – is intended to complement the existing restaurants on Main Street, offering a respite from high prices and a relaxed atmosphere. An outdoor patio can seat about 30 more people during the warmer months.
Breakfast is offered Saturdays and Sundays and will surely be popular with skiers headed toward Copper. Prices start at $3.95 for a two-eggs, meat and home fries plate.
The lunch and dinner menu includes a $5.95 burger basket, a large plate of fries for $2.45, and a chicken-fried steak platter for for $6.95. A 10-inch Pacific pizza, with ham, pineapple, peppers and onions, is $10.75.
“We’ve had some decent nights already. People are checking us out and they’re definitely loving the food and prices,” said co-manager Lenny Page. “We’re definitely catering to locals,” he added.
“I’m a chicken person, so I go for the chicken sandwiches,” said server Maria DiPasquale. “The portions are really reasonable. Everyone is impressed by the quality, the quantity and the price, especially for this area,” she said.
Eazor said he was really focused on maintaining the unique qualities of Frisco’s Main Street as he planned the restaurant.
“We don’t want people to say, ‘We’ve got that at home, so we don’t need to go there,” he said, referring to chain eateries.
Eazor, who purchased Frisco’s venerable Blue Spruce restaurant in August, said he noticed people were coming into that establishment and sometimes deciding to leave because of the prices.
“Even if you’re just having burgers in the saloon, it can get pricey,” he said.
The Depot gives people an alternative in the same part of town and helps keep people in Frisco’s commercial corridor, he added.
“We were blessed to find 10 good people,” Eazor said, referring to his new staff. “They’ve really taken pride of ownership and helped design the menu.”
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