Chef Danyele McPherson opens Standard Service in Texas
Standard Service, by 8020 Hospitality, the group behind HG Sply Co. and Remedy, is set to open October 10 in Rockwall, Texas. This casual neighborhood restaurant/bar, serving fresh Texas cuisine, classic cocktails, beer and wine, will be open for lunch and dinner.
Executive Chef Danyele McPherson says, “It was really fun to create a menu of modern Texas staples that focus on fresh, simple ingredients. Our food and environment allow our guests to create their own experience. Whether you want to watch the game with your friends, have a nice date night, or come in for a quick dinner with the kids, we truly have something everyone will enjoy. Much like our sister restaurant, HG Sply Co.), we are mindful of the dietary restrictions of todays’ diner.” The interior space is roughly 2100 square feet (seating for 80) with 1000 square feet for exterior/patio dining (seating for 45), as well as a bar that opens to the outside.
McPherson continues, “Before the days of self-service, the standard was a handshake and conversation with your local grocer who sold only fine quality staple goods. It was a time when you didn’t have to check for ingredients you can’t pronounce, and the people who made your food were also your neighbors.” This philosophy is carried throughout every detail, from sourcing and menu design to hospitality and service.
Owner/operator Elias Pope says, “We wanted to change what a local spot could be, and it was simply about returning to a good idea. Reminiscent of the standard service grocer, it has a vintage feel with modern touches and a simple dining room where the counter is now a bar that opens to an outdoor patio. We created food, spirits and an atmosphere for our guests to enjoy with the people they know best.”