At 19, She Became the First Female Dickey’s BBQ Franchisee. Now She’s Opening This Bistro at The Star

Texas-born Mondi Tag was just 19 when she and her mother became the first female franchisee owners and operators for Dickey’s BBQ in Dallas. Now she’s about to open something a little swankier: La Parisienne Bistro & Bar, coming to The Star in Frisco this spring.

In her early years, Tag and her mother also co-owned and operated a Genghis Grill franchise. Then Tag went to law school and became an attorney. For over 20 years, she’s practiced as both a local attorney and a restaurant owner and operator. She most recently opened two other spots: Spatch Kitchen & Cocktails in Addison and Fiatto in West Village.

La Parisienne was designed by Dubai-based Mayavian Creative Studios

[Rendering: La Parisienne Bistro and Bar]

Tag’s new bistro, the 4,325-square-foot La Parisienne, was designed by Dubai-based Mayavian Creative Studios. It features an “elegant Parisian feel” with Tiffany Blue accents, water features, 3D murals, chandeliers, and lush greenery and florals throughout. The bistro will seat 200.

[Rendering: La Parisienne Bistro and Bar]

“We want our guests to feel as if they are sitting in a chic cafe in Paris enjoying French food and desserts along with sipping on a cocktail, tea or coffee,” Tag said in a statement. “All of our desserts are made from scratch with our standout being the Napoleon pastry along with our hazelnut praline and eclairs in a variety of flavors.”

Executive Chef Ozzy Samano worked at Nick & Sam’s

La Parisienne’s executive chef, Ozzy Samano, is another Texas native and an El Centro College Culinary Studies graduate. He’s worked in local kitchens including Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse, the original East Hampton Sandwich Co., Hudson House, Drake’s Hollywood, Lucky’s Hot Chicken, and most recently Dahlia Bar & Bistro.

[Rendering: La Parisienne Bistro and Bar]

Once it opens this spring, La Parisienne will offer lunch, dinner, happy hour, and weekend brunch. Hours of operation will be Monday—Thursday 11 am – 9 pm, Friday 11 am – 12:00 am, Saturday 9 am – 12:00 am and Sunday 9 am – 8 pm.

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