When Arsim Ibishi moved to Texas from Illinois three years ago, he arrived with a lifetime of experience in restaurants. Ibishi’s father, Nebi Ibishi, owned restaurants in Illinois for 32 years. For as far back as he can remember, Ibishi was ensconced in the family business. His childhood was spent in the kitchen.

“I would go to school, [and] after school I would wash dishes from 5 to 9 [p.m.],” he said.

When he was 18 years old, he started cooking.

Ibishi opened Hydeout Cafe in McKinney on Oct. 27, 2018. He said he chose this location because Eldorado Parkway is a well-traveled road in a good part of town.

At first, Ibishi kept the menu how his father had it in his restaurants.

“Our first menu was for senior citizens because that was what we were used to in Illinois. Our focus was on eggs, biscuits and gravy.”

Over time, he added menu items, such as vegan and gluten-free dishes, to reflect local demographics and the fact that his restaurant is also attracting a younger crowd.

Hydeout Cafe serves breakfast, brunch and lunch. Breakfast is served all day.

Approximately 80% of their clientele are repeat customers, Ibishi said. A group of 13 retired men meet at Hydeout Cafe every Wednesday morning. When the pandemic hit, the group took a one-year hiatus. During that time, Ibishi and staff members kept up with the group via texts and Zoom calls. Ibishi is happy to report the group has recently returned to their weekly dine-in breakfasts.

Ibishi said what brings their customers back is the quality of food and the customer service.

“Anywhere you go, let’s be realistic, an egg is an egg, a burger is a burger. It’s how you present the egg or the burger to the customer that makes a difference,” he said.

Hydeout Cafe

1751 Eldorado Parkway, Ste. 300, McKinney



Hours: Daily 7 a.m.-3 p.m.