After months of slow business, Edith's French Bistro is glad to return to some normalcy at each of its three locations, according to manager Steven Brantley.
With more traffic coming in at each location, the restaurant has been able to return to its full menu and move away from some specials that were less profitable.
"We did what we could to get people's attention," Brantley said. "We've slowly simmered back down to the way that things need to be run ... standard operating procedures and all that."
Sales have moved in a positive direction, and Brantley is enthusiastic that it will continue in that way.
The Plano location was the first to reopen its dining room, with the Allen and Richardson locations following not far behind, according to Brantley.
Brantley works primarily at the Richardson location but spends days overseeing the Plano location as well. The differences between the two are largely due to location, he said.
In Plano, with five separate dining rooms nestled along Granite Park, servers are more likely to wait on a business man or an older couple. The Richardson location, in comparison, was designed with an open floor plan in the still developing Waters Creek area and often serves a more millennial and single crowd.
Popular items at Edith's tend to be consistent across all locations, with items like the French Dip and Chicken Paillard maintaining popularity. In addition to all-day options, Edith's offers a brunch and drink menu, with unique cocktails like French Pressed Sangria and Frose.
"What makes us different is the quality of our food ... and the drinks we have," Brantley said.
Before becoming manager, Brantley was a bartender and server at Edith's.
He said he knows first-hand the over-the-ear ache that comes with
wearing masks all day, but that it is a small price to pay to be working
again, he said.
"Everybody's fine with it," Brantley said. "Overall, people were glad to get back to work."
Edith's French Bistro
5864 SH 121, Plano
Hours: Mon.-Thu.: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri.: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat.: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun.: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Edith's French Bistro in Plano makes comeback post COVID-19 shutdowns
(Left to right) Among Edith's French Bistro menu offerings are the Almost Naked Salad (Small $7/Large $12), Brie and Fig Tartine ($8) and the French Dip ($9) sandwich. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)