“The beauty of it is you’re going to see my daughters, my parents and everything in-between,” said Cooney, who is also a Canyon Creek resident. “It’s everything that we love; it’s the neighborhood, it’s everybody.”
Cooney, along with Don Bouvier, Steve Gumber and Anthony Bolner, are friends and neighbors who own The Fifth. The group also owns Shady’s Burgers and Brewhaha, located just across the way in II Creeks Plaza.
“We all had a passion for making something happen in the neighborhood,” Cooney said. “The concept was to not leave the neighborhood and still get a quality meal and great service.”
The space had been four other restaurants before it became The Fifth.
“Hence the name. We named it the day we bought it,” Bouvier said. “Someone threw out The Fifth ... and it just kind of stuck.”
Cooney said II Creeks Plaza is somewhat off the beaten path compared to other retail centers.
“People call it the hidden gem,” Cooney said. “It’s a quaint shopping center [with] lots of trees; it just feels good.”
Cooney said the dinner menu changes seasonally, and the chef strives for quality over quantity. The spring/summer menu features crispy brussel sprouts, artisanal-style pizzas, pan-seared salmon and smoked short ribs, among other items. A fall/winter menu is set to debut around Oct. 15.
The Fifth includes a full-service bar and patio with a fireplace. The front of the building is being renovated to include a second patio.
The restaurant remains open during construction, and Cooney said he hopes renovations will be complete by mid-October. The company also offers a wine club for guests to store their own wine at the restaurant.
Cooney and Bouvier said when the restaurant first opened, most of their customers were friends and acquaintances. But large-scale commercial developments, such as CityLine, have brought in more young professionals, Cooney said.
“That is who is coming here on girls’ night out or date night or a special occasion,” he said. “We love it.”
The Fifth: Fireside Patio & Bar
2701 Custer Parkway, Ste. 700, Richardson
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 4-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.