Vintage car-themed Ford’s Garage restaurant makes Texas debut in Plano
A restaurant with a cool vintage garage theme has opened in Plano: Called Ford’s Garageit’s a burger and craft beer concept inspired by Henry Ford himself, and opened its first Texas location in Plano, at 3904 Dallas Pkwy.
Founded in 2012, the original Ford garage opened in Fort Myers, Florida, less than a mile from Henry Ford’s winter home. They became an official licensee of the Ford Motor Company, allowing them to use the company’s iconic blue oval logo and other branding. The 1920s garage-themed burger and craft beer restaurant franchise has since expanded to a total of 20 locations in five states.
The Plano location is in a 9,800 square foot space that was once Razzoo’s Cafe, which closed in December 2019 after 20 years. This is hopefully the first of many Ford’s Garage locations planned for Dallas-Fort Worth, by franchisees Brian Judd and Jason Borders, longtime friends and restorers whose experience includes owning and operating restaurants ranging from fast-casual to fine dining.
According to a statement, the leases have not been signed, but they are eyeing North Dallas, the DFW Mid Cities, North Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
“Ford Motor Company has quite a rich history as one of America’s premier manufacturing companies. That history also translates into a pretty cool dining experience, and we’re excited to bring that experience to Dallas” , said Judd. “With its Ford-inspired design cues and top-notch service and food, Ford’s Garage will offer something for everyone, from toddlers to grandparents.”
Plano’s new restaurant is sculpted to look like a 1920s gas station and is filled to the brim with Ford memorabilia, including vintage vehicles, light fixtures and gas pumps, plus a Model T car or model A suspended above the central bar.
Waiters wear mechanic-style uniforms, blue shop towels are used as napkins, and bathroom sinks are made from tires and fuel pump nozzles.
The bar mixes Prohibition-style elements like brickwork, richly colored woods, and a hand-hammered copper bar top.
Burgers are the main draw, including black angus beef and a vegetarian option, on artisan buns branded with the Ford’s Garage logo.
The menu also features American comfort food like meatloaf, chicken wings and tenderloins, onion rings and macaroni and cheese. Lighter dishes such as fresh salads, grilled chicken and various seafood options are also available.
A full bar includes craft beer with over 20 local and national options.