After years of running Tex-Mex restaurants, husband-and-wife duo Kevin and Jenny Galvan said their next step was to break into the burger business.

“It’s simple, and everyone loves burgers,” Jenny said.

The Galvans then opened the first Haystack Burgers & Barley in Richardson in 2013. Seven years later, the fast-casual restaurant is now open at three other locations, including in Frisco’s Rail District.

But the owners did not want Haystack to be just known for its fresh quality burgers, they said.

“We know that you can’t eat a burger every day,” Kevin said. “So we focused on sandwiches, salads, appetizers, desserts—a full-rounded menu.”

Haystack Salad, which comes with chicken tenders, avocado and bacon, is a customer favorite, Kevin said. When it comes to burgers, popular picks include the namesake Haystack Burger as well as the Avocado Ranch Burger.

Burgers are lightly seasoned with salt and pepper and grilled to order, the Galvans said, and the buns are bought fresh daily. The restaurant’s spicy ketchup is made in-house, they said.

“Since we have a Tex-Mex background, everything has just a little bit of a spice to it or a Tex-Mex flair,” Kevin said.

A strong community is what pushed the Galvans to open the Frisco restaurant in September 2019, Jenny said.

“We like being part of the community,” she said. “We just like to be a part of the guest experience.”

The restaurant building on Main Street is owned by Kevin’s father who opened the former Manny’s Tex-Mex Grill in 2000. While the Galvans said the building fell into their lap, the Rail District location was exactly what the couple was looking for.

“I think it just matches our brand and what we’re trying to do,” Kevin said.

In the recent months of the coronavirus pandemic, Jenny said Frisco residents have been supportive of local restaurants like Haystack. The Frisco restaurant has seen an uptick of dine-in customers the last two months, she said.

“It’s been very humbling to see how much people care about our business and care about their community,” Jenny said.

Haystack Burgers & Barley

6705 Main St., Frisco


Hours: Sun.-Thu. 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.