Magnolia Coffee House Bistro co-owners carry on family legacy

Co-owners Janna Hartigan (left) and Vickie Patterson opened the bistro in May 2019. (Carrie Taylor/Community Impact Newspaper)
Co-owners Janna Hartigan (left) and Vickie Patterson opened the bistro in May 2019. (Carrie Taylor/Community Impact Newspaper)

Co-owners Janna Hartigan (left) and Vickie Patterson opened the bistro in May 2019. (Carrie Taylor/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The Philly cheesesteak panini ($8.99) features sliced beef, grilled onions and bell peppers. (Dylan Sherman/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Aside from espresso drinks and tea, guests can enjoy freshly baked goods. (Carrie Taylor/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The bistro also houses Unique Jewelry Creations & Gifts. (Carrie Taylor/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Magnolia Coffee House Bistro specializes in Southern-style breakfast and lunch. (Carrie Taylor/Community Impact Newspaper)
For Magnolia natives and co-owners of Magnolia Coffee House Bistro Vickie Patterson and Janna Hartigan, opening a local bistro is carrying on a family tradition of hospitality and food service. In the '70s and '80s, Hartigan said, the two friends’ families would sell barbecue sandwiches to Texas Renaissance Festival patrons.

While the families no longer sell barbecue sandwiches, Magnolia Coffee House Bistro specializes in Southern-style breakfast and lunch.

“We know it’s small. ... But it’s quaint,” Hartigan said. “To me, that’s somewhat of the appeal. We wanted a cozy atmosphere for people to come and enjoy some solitude, or gather with friends and hang out catching up, or Bible study or to even meet new people.”

Aside from espresso drinks and tea, guests can enjoy freshly baked goods, Hartigan said, including scones, frittatas and sandwiches. The bistro serves breakfast and lunch, features sugar-free and keto-friendly food items, and houses Unique Jewelry Creations & Gifts with jewelry made by Patterson.

Patterson and Hartigan are lifelong friends, the duo said. When Hartigan left her job as a marketing and communications director, Patterson was simultaneously finalizing the sale of her last Subway store. Patterson said the pair was ready for a change.


This change, Patterson said, was supported and fueled by her husband, Randy Stane, who died in fall 2019.

“It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to open a bakery,” Patterson said. “When I got married four years ago, my husband pushed me to start selling my own food. My vision was ... a little hometown spot where you can grab coffee and pie. ... [Randy] opened my eyes to this dream. It means even more to me now, and I’m determined to push even harder.”

Magnolia Coffee House Bistro

117 FM 1774, Magnolia

281-789-7272

www.magnoliacoffeehousebistro.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.-3 p.m., closed Sun.


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