It is no secret that the city of Frisco has been associated with trains, or the railroad, since day one. The railroad tracks off Main Street have been somewhat of a dividing line between the “new” Frisco and the old downtown. Over the last few years, both sides have seen a growth in residential and new businesses as the city of Frisco continues to grow and develop.
The Frisco Rail Yard HAS OPENED and will be a welcome addition to the city. As a mix of food truck park, live music venue, and bar, the Rail Yard is located just on the other side of the railroad tracks and acts as a “Welcome to Downtown Frisco” sign.
The Frisco Rail Yard has the capacity to operate six food trucks with Frisco’s very own 5th Street Patio Cafe having their food truck in one of the spots. While the concept is new to Frisco, it feels long overdue. Food trucks have been around in downtown’s of cities for years and people have been asking for food trucks to come to Frisco for some time.
We now have a permanent spot to enjoy an outdoor setting with trees, picnic tables, and a full bar with seating. The Rail Yard is going to be a place to enjoy live music and great drinks with a wide variety of options for food.
Recently, I had had the opportunity to sit down with owner Tamme Leff at her 5th Street Patio Cafe to discuss The Frisco Rail Yard as well as their huge involvement with The WhistleStop Jamboree and the Frisco live music scene. Here is what she had to say about the just-opened venue and what it means to Frisco.
LifeStyle Frisco: How did the idea of The Rail Yard come to be?
Tamme Leff: Frisco has many great venues but was missing out on the fun food truck craze. The Frisco Rail Yard is an outside venue with live music and rotating food trucks. So every time you visit, you’ll have a different experience. We will also be hosting special events benefiting local charities.
LsF: With the crazy, and sometimes extreme, weather that Texas has to offer, will the Frisco Rail Yard be open all year?
TL: Yes, the bar and deck with be covered with AC and heat for inclement weather. We will be open Tuesday – Thursday 11am – 10pm; Friday 11am – Midnight; Saturday 9am – Midnight; Sunday 9am – 6pm. We’ll be featuring breakfast trucks on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 9am.
LsF: What type of music are you looking to book?
TL: We will have a wide variety of music. Our goal is to support local bands and artists. We booked Larry Braggs who is a two time Grammy Award-winner and the lead singer of the Temptations. He’ll be playing Saturday, October 8th, 2016 from 7pm – 11pm. Plus, WhistleStop Jamboree which we couldn’t be more excited about on October 15th.
LsF: Have you planned out which food trucks will be part of The Rail Yard?
TL: 5th Street Patio Cafe will have a food truck there and will feature a new menu that is different from any of the items currently at our Cafe. We’ll feature a sliders food truck, lobster truck, shaved ice, bar-b-que, and many more.
LsF: We heard that The Rail Yard is going to be a featured stop on The WhistleStop Jamboree, is that true?
TL: Yes that is correct! We’ll start to feature bands on October 15th at noon. Bands like The Buffalo Ruckus, The Bodark’s, Mark Shelton and The Greater Good, and Matthew Bell and the Next of Kin will be at The Frisco Rail Yard that day, plus many more.
The Frisco Rail Yard is a casual culinary new concept that’s sure to be a destination for for everyone living in Frisco and the area. This is just the start of connecting the historic downtown to Frisco Square to all the action around Toyota Stadium.
Tuesday – Thursday: 11am – 10pm
Friday: 11am – midnight
Saturday: 9am – midnight
Sunday: 9am – 6pm
9040 1st Street
Frisco, TX 75034