Mike Hutchinson said when he and co-owner Troy Cooper opened CraftWay Kitchen in Frisco, they brought decades of industry experience to the table. They originally met years ago when they both worked for Rockfish Seafood Grill.

In 2019, when Cooper was the CEO of multiple restaurant chains including Rockfish and Hutchinson worked for Kenny’s Restaurant Group, they independently realized they were ready to take their career paths in different directions.

“We had the same idea for a concept and said let’s partner this thing up,” Hutchinson said. “Seven months later we opened CraftWay Kitchen.”

Utilizing their strengths, they have divided business responsibilities equally, Hutchinson said.

“He’s like our corporate office while I do the operations and menu,” he said. “I am the chef as well.”

Hutchinson said he and managing partner Eric Locker worked together to create the menu, which he describes as “American food that is elevated a little bit.”

“I wanted fine dining food but casual,” Hutchinson said. “We want to be affordable where you’ll come three times a week rather than once and spend a lot of money.”

He pointed to their use of sushi-grade tuna and organically raised Verlasso salmon as examples of elevating their ingredients. Hutchinson said their cocktails also feature high-end products such as Angel’s Envy Bourbon and Grey Goose Vodka.

They serve brunch every weekend, and Hutchinson said the Grand Mariner French Toast, topped with candied bacon, is a popular item.

“I had fun coming up with our candied bacon,” he said. “It’s sweet and has some spice to it.”

Hutchinson credits their great food and service with their repeat customers.

“I want genuine people who care about taking care of people,” he said. “If I have to tell you to open the door for a guest, it’s probably not going to work out for you.”

CraftWay Kitchen, 5729 Lebanon Road, Ste. 100, Frisco.

972-403-0555. www.craftwaykitchen.com.

  • Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.,
  • Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.,
  • Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.,
  • Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.