McKinney September 2020

DINING FEATURE

BY WILLIAM C. WADSACK

The Garage serves $9-$13 craft cocktails, including The Rusty Fizz for $10.

The Garage is an age 18-and-up cocktail bar and event venue located in downtown McKinney. (Photos courtesy The Garage)

Comfort Cups o ! er dishes likeMama's Meatloaf, King Ranch Casserole and Frito Chili Pie in amartini glass.

The Garage Cocktail bar and venue o ! ers gathering spot in downtown McKinney T he Garage in downtown McKinney started as an extra dining room for Spoons Café, birthdays, weddings and more, Klassen explained.

then I call The Garage kind of the ‘grown-up Spoons.’ The decor is di ! erent—it’s just a little bit more [of a] date-night [vibe].” The Garage’s menu includes craft cocktails, such as the Rusty Fizz, and Comfort Cups, which are smaller versions of some Spoons Cafe dishes and are served in martini glasses. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Klassen said she has been renting out the space for private parties beyond the venue’s regular hours on Friday and Saturday nights. “The restaurant industry is changing,” she said. “I really do not believe we will ever see it back to where it was as far as people wanting to be crowded in a [restaurant] environment.” The Garage has found success holding customized parties for

“People love the atmosphere [at The Garage],” she said. “It’s quaint. It’s cool. It’s funky. You’ve got the full bar. It feels like a big living room.” In addition to renting out the space, Klassen noted, The Garage also o ! ers to-go craft cocktails and meals customers can pick up to take home. She said the support her businesses have received from the McKinney community has been “amazing.” “It’s about the experience,” Klassen said of going to The Garage. “If you want to eat something fast and quick, you’re probably not going to come to downtown McKinney because you end up getting dis- tracted and you hang out.”

but then, owner Karen Klassen decided to make it a cocktail bar to meet the demand for nightlife in the area. “I had seen downtown McKinney changing—all of a sudden, nighttime started becoming a big deal,” Klassen said. “I decided to do a place that I would go—[where] I could go have a nice cocktail with friends.” The venue, which opened at the end of September 2018, got its name because it originally served as a garage for Texas Power and Light Company trucks in the 1920s, Klassen said. “It’s been very successful,” she said of the age 18-and-over venue. “Spoons is for the families, and

Karen Klassen owns The Garage.

The Garage 100 E. Louisiana St., McKinney 972-548-6900 https://thegaragemckinney.com/ Hours: Sun.-Thu. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Open late for private events

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