The Stix Icehouse owner Mike Luther said the concept was created by a desire to provide a fun experience for the whole family.

“We wanted to build a place where families can come with their kids that has really chill vibes where they can relax,” Luther said. “A backyard barbecue vibe where parents can have an adult beverage while their kids explore and be kids.”

What’s special about it?

Luther said he previously owned Up Inspired Kitchen in Frisco before selling the business in July 2021 after former McKinney City Council member Don Day approached him to open Stix Icehouse.

The restaurant sits on 14 acres and offers several amenities for patrons, including a tree house, a Wiffle ball or kickball field, a soccer field, nine-hole disc golf course, tetherball poles and more.

What’s on the menu?

The restaurant is a scratch kitchen, Luther said, meaning that most items, including sauces and dressings, are made in house.

He added that the menu has something for everyone. The most popular menu item is the chicken-fried steak, which is served with mashed potatoes, cream gravy and bacon green beans. For first-time patrons, Luther recommends the loaded fries—crinkle-cut fries topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions and served with ranch dressing—as an appetizer, followed by the Dirty Dawg, a hot dog served with chili, cheddar cheese and onions.

Quote of note

“I truly believe the secret to our success is hiring people that have a like mindset and a genuine care and concern for people in general,” Luther said. “It makes it easy when you have [employees] that you know by nature want to take care of things. ... That’s the secret sauce if you ask me.”