It’s holiday dining season, so mark your calendar for new restaurant openings in Summit County. While Oaxacan Bites has been around for a few months, La Francaise Bistrot will debut before Christmas with Suga Moon’s BBQ & Cocktails months later.
Here’s what you can expect from each new restaurant:
BBQ and cocktails from Suga Moon
When Teryn Guadagnoli envisioned the space that previously housed The Log Cabin in Frisco, she thought it was going to remain a breakfast spot, but then realized that wasn’t really what the city was. needed.
“Some people have been very, very angry with me for deciding not to make breakfast, but it works better for the staff and the city,” Guadagnoli said. “There are a lot of places to have breakfast, especially in Frisco, and I haven’t found anyone who is willing to work and manage enough breakfast room for the staff.”
Instead, she turned to what she and her husband had long dreamed of: a Kansas City barbecue. Guadagnoli already owns Modis in Breckenridge and is opening a second location in Denver. Now she and her husband – who is from Kansas City, Missouri – are diving head first into the barbecue scene.
When Suga Moon’s BBQ & Cocktails officially opens, customers will order at the counter and the waiters will bring the food. Guadagnoli said she hopes the new restaurant will embody Kansas City style, where the aroma of freshly smoked meat “hits you in the face”, the ordering is quick and the environment is relaxed.
The menu will feature traditional barbecue favorites including smoked meats like brisket, ribs and pulled pork. The sides will include staples like cheesy corn, coleslaw, and baked beans, and other side dishes will rotate in and out of the menu. Since her husband is from Kansas City, he will help train the kitchen staff and the chef on how to smoke and how to cook everything to perfection.
As for the bar, those details are still to be worked out, but whiskey cocktails and beer are sure to be served. Prices are still being determined.
When finished, Guadagnoli said she hopes Suga Moon’s will be a blend of Kansas City-based and casual Arthur Bryant’s barbecue with the gourmet vibe of Jack Stack Barbecue.
“We’ve eaten a lot of barbecue in Kansas City over the past few months,” Guadagnoli said with a laugh.
Although the restaurant is still a long way from opening – interior remodeling begins around the end of April – its hours will be set from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. or until the meat is gone.
Suga Moon’s will be located at 121 Main Street in Frisco. For more information about the restaurant, visit Facebook.com/sugamoons.
Bistro La Française
The creators of La Française Bakery in Breckenridge are also about to open a second version of their restaurant. Called La Française Bistrot, the new restaurant adjoins the bakery and will offer a modern take on traditional French dishes.
Margot Heraud-Hunsicker owns the bakery and her parents, Isabelle and Yvan Heraud, own the bistro.
“My parents were looking for a new business to take over in Breckenridge because we ultimately wanted to come together as a family, so this was the best opportunity to open right next to the bakery,” said Heraud-Hunsicker. “My father (has) 40 years of experience as a French chef who has done everything from bistros to fine cuisine.
Heraud-Hunsicker said his father owned a fine dining restaurant in Florida before moving to Summit County and opening La Française Bistrot. For this next venture, Heraud-Hunsicker said the menu will include simple but elevated dishes like French onion soup, charcuterie boards, steak tartare, bouillabaisse fish soup and savory pancakes.
Entrees range from $ 8 to $ 25 and entrees range from $ 25 to $ 40. The bistro will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday, and in the morning, the bistro space will be used as an additional seat for the bakery.
Heraud-Hunsicker said her parents hope the atmosphere will be warm and cozy with old French music playing in the background.
“We really want people to feel comfortable here and not too tense,” she said.
The restaurant does not yet have a website, but it does have a Facebook page on Facebook.com/lafrancaisebistrot. The restaurant is located at 411 S. Main St., Unit 4, Breckenridge and is expected to open within a week or two.
Debuting on the Breckenridge food scene in August, Oaxacan Bites food cart sells traditional foods like tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, as well as popular dishes in the Mexican city of Oaxaca.
“Me and a lot of my cooks here are from (Oaxaca), and a lot of them were born there and then they migrated to the US, and they like to keep their roots,” owner Lisandro Hernandez said. . “They like to stay true to their tradition. They always love to follow their cuisine, so we decided to open a little restaurant here to help bring a little Oaxacan taste here to Breckenridge.
Hernandez said one of those authentic menu items is a tlayuda, which looks like pizza. It is made with a fine tostada garnished with beans, cheese, vegetables, cabbage, avocado and meat.
Tacos start at $ 3, burritos cost $ 11, and quesadillas cost $ 12. Some menu items go up to $ 18, and some dishes offer three-meat options that can cost $ 21.
The food stand is located at 327 N. Main St. and is open daily from 9 am to 8 pm.