Edith's French Bistro in Richardson makes comeback post shutdown

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)
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)

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)

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Edith's French Bistro offers a variety of pastries at each of its three locations. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
After months of scarce business, Edith's French Bistro is glad to return to some sense of normalcy at each of its three locations, Richardson manager Steven Brantley said.

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 confident that this will continue.

The Plano location was the first to reopen its dining room, with the Allen and Richardson locations following not far behind, according to Brantley.


The Richardson dining room, which opened in January, is Edith's most recent addition. The restaurant's design and guests tend to differ from the two older locations, 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.

The tiramisu is more popular in Richardson than at Edith's other locations, Brantley said. But aside from pastries, customer favorites at each location tend to follow the same trends, with items like the French Dip and Chicken Paillard maintaining popularity.

"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

1450 State Street, Richardson

469-366-9934

www.edithsbistro.com

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.
By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano and Richardson, including Plano City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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