Restaurants with expansive outdoor spaces are all the rage around Dallas-Fort Worth, and now McKinney has one: The Stix cooler is a new restaurant-bar and outdoor space that celebrated its grand opening this weekend at 301 Eldorado Pkwy.
It is a 14 acre resort that offers not only food and drink but also a nine hole disc golf course, wiffle ball, corn hole, ping pong table, swings, a treehouse and ample space available for events.
The Stix Icehouse is the vision of downtown McKinney advocate Don Day and food and beverage veterans Mike Luther and Rae Phillips-Luther (Jamba Juice, Zoe’s Kitchen, UP Inspired Kitchen).
âWhen I bought this 14-acre property several years ago with its beautiful old trees, I wanted to find a way to share it with surrounding communities, families and friends,â Day said in a statement. âStix is ââhow we chose to do it. I was fortunate to be able to convince Mike and Rae to bring their expertise to work with me to build and develop the property. “
Rae Phillips-Luther says their goal was to be family friendly.
âInspired by some of our favorite Texas water spots and our love of food and family, my husband Mike and I wanted to create a fun and relaxing place where our community could come together and connect with their family and her friends, âshe said. “The Stix is ââa place for ALL the family – where kids can run around in a safe place and adults can enjoy great company.”
The other thing they are pushing is its profile as an event space for parties of all sizes.
âWe will also have local musicians playing in regular and athletic tournaments,â Phillips-Luther said.
The menu is comforting American cuisine including:
- catfish n chips
- grilled bourbon salmon
- fried chicken
- soups and salads
They also serve cocktails like the AppleMoon Magic Cocktail (moonshine enriched with apple cider) and 24 beers on tap.
They’re not over yet, Day says.
âWe have even more ambitious plans on the horizon to activate the entire woodland area and I invite all of McKinney, Allen, Fairview and the surrounding communities to come in and have some old school fun,â he says.
Hours are Tuesday to Thursday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday from 3 p.m. to 12 p.m. and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. they are closed on Mondays.