A popular Australian-style eatery in Frisco is expanding to Farmers Branch this year with a location on Alpha Road.
Aussie Grind offers an innovative fusion of European, Asian and, of course, Australian cuisine and coffee. The shop is owned by Angie and Lui Monforte, an Australian couple that moved to Frisco five years ago.
“When we rolled the dice, we knew we had to make it work, and Frisco was just so fast growing at the time. It is such a multicultural, diverse community, and we couldn’t have picked a better spot to start,” Angie says.
The Farmers Branch location will be called Aussie Grind Provisions, an Australian-style cafe instead of the current full-service restaurant in Frisco. The menu will be all about sweets, pastries, paninis and coffee, and it will offer an expanded selection of Australian meat pies and the Australian sausage roll, which is puff pastry filled with ground pork.
“There will probably be a bunch of things that you’ve never heard of [on the menu],” Lui says. “We are always trying to find what’s on trend and what’s the new taste. That’s why we are so different than the other … breakfast and lunch places here, but compared to Australia, we are a standard Australian-style eatery.”
Australian cafe culture is experiencing a mini surge in D-FW right now, with the Aussie Grind expansion and the recent opening of Isla & Co. in Bishop Arts (kangaroo dishes included). Dallas also has longtime coffee shop LDU, and there’s a “healthy Australian” cafe called Two Hands coming to Uptown Dallas in 2024. But Aussie Grind has had a loyal following since they first opened in 2019.
Along with the new, creative food items, the new Aussie Grind location will offer its fan-favorite coffee drinks, like the Aussie iced coffee served with ice cream (because it’s never too early for ice cream), a long black (the Aussie version of an Americano), and an Australian flat white.
“We are very particular with our roaster,” Angie says. “He hand-selects the beans to make sure we keep it as authentic as we possibly can by and making sure it’s a nice, smooth taste.”
The Monfortes aim to open the new location in May, and it will hopefully disperse the large swarm of customers that visit the Frisco location daily. The new spot will have 20 indoor seats and a large patio outside with seating.
“The community in Frisco has been amazing because they helped us through COVID and we have so many loyal customers,” Lui says. “America is awesome, Dallas is awesome, and we feel so privileged to be living here.”
Aussie Grind Provisions is scheduled to open in May 2023 at 4887 Alpha Road in Farmers Branch. Aussie Grind in Frisco will remain open at 3930 Preston Road, #120, Frisco. theaussiegrind.com.
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