Katy Trail Ice House and Banditos Open a Plano Love Child Called Bandito Tex-Mex Ice House

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Banditos and Katy Trail Ice House are best friends now. The owners of each restaurant collaborated on a new Plano place that opened last week. It goes by the name of -- wait for it -- Bandito Tex-Mex Ice House.

If you've been to both of the restaurants that spawn the new spot, you can probably figure out what they have to offer. To be sure, I called up Lee Koonz, a manager working at the new location, and asked him how the new places compare.

Katy Trail Ice House is known for its large selection of Texas Beers. Does Bandito Ice House have lots of Texas Beer?
We've got 16 beers on tap and more wines than we offered at Bandito. For Texas Beer we have DEBC's IPA, several Austin beers that rotate and Shiner Bock.

You've been open eight days. How are things going?
Well. We're working out a few bugs, but that's to be expected.

Is the menu the same as the original Banditos?
It is. This is more of a restaurant than the Katy Trail Ice House is.

What's up with Cinco De Mayo?
We're just doing happy hour. Our first big event will be the Fourth of July when we sell penny margaritas.

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The Bandito Tex-Mex Ice House (say that five times fast while hammered off Texas beer-itas) boasts a sizable patio, according to its Facebook photos. Looks a lot like the Katy Trail Ice House's patio. They've got Tex-Mex food and affordable beer. They've also got a proven knack for well managed restaurants. I'm going to go out on a limb and say this place ends up doing well.

Location Info

Bandito's Plano - CLOSED

4700 W. Park Blvd., Plano, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Ben Wilson
Ben Wilson

Lee Koonz, heck of a guy. His work at Bandito's is very good. He has made me a customer for life.

JG
JG

This is located in the old Potbelly Sandwich Works / Awaji Korean space on the south side of Parker, east of Preston.  It is directly across from Nosh.  It needs at least 8 more taps to really be considered an "Ice House"

Fab
Fab

I disagree. Might need more taps to be considered a "pub" or "beer bar". But hell man, real Ice Houses typically don't even have any taps! They've got beer in a trough full of ice.

KP
KP

Hope it does well too.  we need some more cool places with nice patios and food in this area.

GusMitchem
GusMitchem

Awesome exactly what Plano needs, can I get a guess on which now defunct chain left this space abandoned 

kingbrad2534
kingbrad2534

One half was a potbelly, the other had been a couple of things.

Runyan
Runyan

Long ago it was Black-Eyed Pea

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Location? Plano isn't exactly small. And I ain't clicking a link, dagnabit!

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

 No clickin' necessary. The location tag is in.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Excellent. Good location. I wonder if they'll feature unnecessary valet parking like their neighbor Patrizio.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Only if it is patronized by the Plano old folk like Patrizio...

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