Stories to follow in 2019: Rising rent rates, competition blamed for restaurant turnover

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What we reported

A number of prominent restaurants have closed in the past two years in Frisco. They include Mattito’s Tex-Mex, Double Dip Frozen Custard, PDQ and Nola Grill. Restaurant owners stated a number of factors for the closures, such as increased competition in new developments and rising rent rates.

Following a sharp rise in valid restaurant permits in Frisco in the first half of 2017, the number of valid restaurant permits leveled off in 2018.

The attention new commercial developments are getting in the area has made them an attractive place for restaurants to open. But the increased demand has also led to an increased cost of doing business in Frisco, according to industry experts.

The latest

New restaurants have taken over some of the empty spaces. Chitos Mexican Restaurant recently opened in the former Mattito’s location in Frisco Square. Other longtime restaurants closed later in 2018, such as 3 Stacks Smoke & Taphouse and One2One Restaurant and Bar. Owners stated increased competition of new dining options in new developments among the reasons for their closures.

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Nicole Luna is the Senior Reporter for Frisco. She covers development, transportation, education, business and city government. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Spanish from The University of Texas at Arlington and has been with Community Impact Newspaper since June 2015.
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