Plano's restaurant scene is about to get a whole lot more exciting. Acclaimed pillar of modern Texas cooking Smoke is preparing to open its second outpost at the Preston Towne Crossing (think Preston and Park) in West Plano come the last week of December.
The Smoke space was formerly home to a location of cheese fry haven Snuffer's, and although no photos of the new interior have yet surfaced, it's probably safe to say that the restaurant will be mostly unrecognizable from its former self. After renovations that took place all summer, a press release issued this morning promises that the interior "embodies the same atmosphere and vibe of the original, with a small fireplace, campy-yet-nostalgic Texas artwork and raw, reclaimed wood throughout." There will be not one but two patios: an insulated one off the main dining room that can be used year-round, as well as a "heavily landscaped" outdoor one.
The "crown jewel" of the space is the custom-built, wood-burning hearth (shown above) that will be used for grilling and roasting; it includes "spits for animals of all sizes and swings to hoist larger cuts of meat," which certainly sounds like a promise of impressive things to come from the menu.
The press release doesn't contain any specific info on dishes to expect from Smoke Plano, but does mention that "the menu will include many of the more popular items from SMOKE’s Dallas location."
Smoke will be open for dinner only in the beginning, and will open its doors daily beginning at 5 p.m. Stay tuned for an official opening date.