Patina Green Home and Market, located on the historic McKinney downtown square was named best sandwich in Texas according to Food Network Magazine. Now, after nearly 5 years in the lunch business, the owners are introducing a dinner menu on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings each week, and it will most likely be an award winner as well.
Chef Robert and Kaci Lyford opened Patina Green in June 2010 when their family was in need of some healing. Kaci’s mother’s husband had just lost his battle with cancer and their world was shaken. Their eyes began to open to see the unfortunate reality of the American food system, and began their search for locally grown real food. Besides weekly farmer’s markets, the quest was difficult, and so their focus for Patina Green became clear.
Opening Patina Green, they felt the need to offer their community a place they could trust, knowing the food they consumed was indeed real and free of pesticides, additives, preservatives, artificial flavors and colorings. Their in-shop “farmer’s market” grew quickly and the demand for Robert’s food heightened. His original limited offerings had grown into a full lunch, with the menu changing daily based on ingredients local farmers were growing. On most days, the line for lunch is out the door and the dining room is full.
In 2012 the couple began to offer a Market Dinner series with a multiple coursed blind menu served one Saturday night each month. Reservations became a hot commodity with their Fall 2014 series selling out in less than 45 minutes. The demand for real food had become overwhelming.
As the couple entered a new year they feel that 2015 was the right time to grow, to expand their menu offerings, extend store hours, and introduce dinner to their guests three nights a week. Like lunch, the dinner menu will change weekly based on seasonal ingredients, but will not be limited to sandwiches.With a street food approach, items will be served á la carte in sustainable packaging where guests can take meals to go, or can sit and enjoy dinner in the casual dining space.The shop will be remodeled to accommodate more seating to create unique gathering spaces.
Patina Green is also in the process of applying for their On-Premise Liquor License, which will allow them to sell locally made craft beers and sustainable wines with lunch or dinner.