Richardson October 2021

Joe Gibson and Debbi McSwain have owned The String Bean: Restaurant and Bar since 1980. (Courtesy The String Bean: Restaurant and Bar)

TheStringBean: Restaurant andBar 1310 W. Campbell Road, Ste. 101, Richardson 972-385-3287 Hours: Sun.-Wed. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Thu.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. COME FOR DINNER, STAY FOR DESSERT Cobbler of the day ($3.99) : Flavors include apple, blueberry, cherry, peach and blackberry, and it can be paired with homemade ice cream. Coconut cream pie ($4.50) : This is topped with fresh whipped cream and toasted coconut. Banana pudding ($3.50) : This is made fresh daily with bananas and a graham cracker crust. COURTESY THE STRING BEAN: RESTAURANT AND BAR


The Pot Roast ($12.99) is slow-cooked and served with mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans. (Erick Pirayesh/Community Impact Newspaper)

The String Bean: Restaurant and Bar Family brings Southern-style comfort food to Richardson T hrough 30-plus years, four locations and a variety of twists and turns, Joe Gibson and Debbi McSwain keep pushing to make their outdoor patio, an expanded bar and even a children’s playroom. All those factors helped the company nd success, he said. The menu is mostly recipes created by Debbi BY ERICK PIRAYESH

restaurant successful. The husband-and-wife owners of The String Bean: Restaurant and Bar in Richardson opened their original Dallas-area location in 1980. The original menu had four entrees, two sandwiches and three desserts. After moving the restaurant twice and starting a family, the couple settled in Richardson in 2010. Dakota Gibson, the couple’s youngest son, started at the current location when it rst opened 11 years ago. Dakota now manages the eatery at 1310 W. Campbell Road and said his parents worked through many ups and downs before it became a local staple. “They basically took a big gamble when they rst came to this location,” Dakota said. “They took out a loan, decided to move, and it just blew up. [They] were able to pay all [their] loans and debts back within a year.” Dakota said the current space allowed for an

and Joe, and it has grown considerably since 1980, Dakota said. The String Bean is known for its home- style southern cooking, its various Tex-Mex options and a popular dessert menu, he said. “There have always been about four faithfuls,” he said. “The pot roast, meatloaf, chicken fried steak and our marinated chicken breast.” The company also oers rotating daily specials and a weekend brunch. Dakota said the sta feels like a family, and some employees have stayed with the business since it started. Long-time server Renee Diebold has been with the restaurant for 31 years and even invested some of her own money into the company, he said. Dakota said while his father was working for a food distribution company to help support the restaurant, his mother would work overtime. “She was here more than she was home for sure—50-plus hours every week, just to make sure it was staying aoat,” he said. “It has denitely been a labor of love.”





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