Blue Goose Cantina, a family-owned and -operated business, was started by friends Bob Peterson and Scott Holyfield, who opened the original location on Lower Greenville Avenue in Dallas in 1984. Peterson’s wife, Jill, and son, Nick, now run the business.
Blue Goose has added six more locations in the Dallas area, including one in Frisco, which opened in 2010. The restaurant is known for its strong margaritas, Tex Mex food made with fresh ingredients and fast service, management said.
While the business has grown significantly since the ‘80s, Frisco General Manager Matthew Frank said Blue Goose has kept the small business, family feel.
Blue Goose aimed to be a late-night margarita party location back in the ‘80s, but the business has since changed with its clientele, Frank said: The company has expanded and changed its hours to send employees home earlier. It also turned 36 this year.
“We’ve kind of grown up as we’ve moved out to the suburbs,” Frank said. “Now we just party ‘til not as late.”
Another dimension of the familial atmosphere that Frank described is the loyalty that employees have to the company. While there is generally a fair amount of employee turnover in the restaurant industry, Blue Goose has employees who have stuck around for 20-30 years.
Frank credited this loyalty to the company’s emphasis on work-life balance, treating each other like family and having traditions—like families do.
“We say we bleed blue for Blue Goose,” Frank said. “They take care of us so we in turn try to take care of our guests to keep this enchilada train rollin’.”
Blue Goose Cantina
9320 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 140, Frisco
Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Blue Goose Cantina in Frisco boasts familial environment
The Tacos Dorados ($14) are made with pulled chicken and are topped with salsa verde, lettuce, sour cream, pico de gallo and cotija cheese. (Photos courtesy Blue Goose Cantina)