Daily Grinds owner in Frisco obsesses over detail to create bistro experience




Daily Grinds owner John Tran describes his eatery as a bistro. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
Daily Grinds owner John Tran describes his eatery as a bistro. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

Daily Grinds owner John Tran describes his eatery as a bistro. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The classic butter croissant is the base for many dishes served at Daily Grinds. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The almond croissant features a rich, frangipane filling and is dusted with sugar and almonds. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Daily Grinds coffee shop sits off Gaylord Parkway in the middle of Frisco’s rapidly growing Hall Park office complex. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
Attention to detail is what sets Daily Grinds coffee shop ahead of its competition, according to owner John Tran.

The small-business owner has been brewing beans and cooking confections off of Gaylord Parkway in Hall Park since December 2019. Tran said he chose to start a new venture in Frisco after up to five years of planning and that he ultimately chose Frisco for its exponential growth rate, friendly faces and what he said he perceived as an “untapped market.”

“I love being a part of this community, and I think there’s so much growth happening,” Tran said. “In the future, I hope to do something else and give back to the community. People here are really nice, too.”

Daily Grinds is better categorized as a bistro than as a coffee shop, according to Tran, which he said is because of his from-scratch brunch menu.

The drink menu features robust offerings, according to Tran, including classic espresso-based beverages, hot chocolate and tea. For food, guests can find flaky croissant pastries and sandwiches alongside any style of eggs as well as scones and yogurt.


Tran said the menu is small by design. The business owner spent time working in Houston’s fine dining scene, where he said he learned it is best to provide a high-quality selection of items instead of dozens of less-focused options.

“Coffee was just not going to be enough for me from a creativity standpoint. I started moving toward more of a brunch concept,” Tran said. “I really, genuinely think compared to the competitive market, we do coffee extremely well. And on top of that, ... the bakery side is just as equal.”

Moving forward, Tran said he hopes to continually learn more about the taste palate of Frisco locals and eventually expand his menu. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has put those plans on hold, so the Daily Grinds crew has continued to focus on the shop’s roots.

Still, sales are looking up in recent months, according to Tran, who expressed optimism about continuing to serve what he calls great cuisine to customers.

“Maybe by eating the food that we make here and drinking the coffee we make, they can see for themselves: Chase your dreams, do what you want to do,” Tran said. “That’s what I’ve come to Frisco to do, to show the world from a bigger standpoint what I have to offer in a creativity standpoint.”

Daily Grinds

6750 Gaylord Parkway, Ste. 130

469-777-3200

www.dailygrindscoffee.com

Hours: Tue.-Fri. 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., closed Mon.
By Matt Payne
Matt Payne reports on Frisco City Hall and its committees, Collin County Commissioners and McKinney business. His experience includes serving as online content editor at Fort Worth Magazine and city editor at the Killeen Daily Herald. He is a 2017 graduate of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton.