Harder Concepts' Austin Ranch location will focus on classic bar and grill fare
The Colony, TX & Saintsbury Tavern, a Harder Concepts concept in Austin Ranch, is rolling out a new menu. But instead of chasing the latest off-the-wall trends, its updated fare takes a back-to-basics approach, offering gourmet versions of the classic tavern grub that's made the restaurant company's five locations huge hits, plus a brand-new brunch menu.
Harder Concepts co-founder Brian Harder said the decision to return to the company's popular comfort food offerings was easy. €œEach location has its own signature plates and snacks. At Ringo's Pub, we offer our own twist on English pub favorites & we have a great fish and chips plate, and we put our own spin on Irish corndogs with banger sausages. At Scruffy Duffies, we take a lot of pride in making top-quality pizzas. Addison Ice House has a smoker out back, and my brother Jerry is an up-and-coming barbecue competition guy, so we can do more of a Texas-influenced menu over there. But overall, Harder Concepts' fare is classic bar grub & hamburgers, nachos, tacos, appetizers, pizza & it's the food that goes the best with a pint or a bottle of your favorite craft beer, made with a gourmet spin by an experienced and creative chef. We just want to offer the food that's worked the best for us over the years, the stuff our regular customers enjoy the most. After all, who doesn't love some really great food?€
Brian Harder has been involved in the restaurant business for over 16 years in just about every capacity from server and bartender to cook and general manager. A family-owned and operated business, Harder Concepts includes five neighborhood tavern-style bar and grills across North Texas, with locations in
Plano, Addison, and The Colony. Chef Isidro, the culinary wizard in charge of Saintsbury Tavern's menu revamp has been with the company for five years, previously heading the kitchen at the Mucky Duck in Addison.
€œChef Isidro really shines with the new brunch menu,€ said Brian. €œHe has three traditionals: chicken-fried steak and eggs, and the Standard, which is an egg scramble with hash browns, toast and bacon, and there's biscuits and gravy, but in pizza form! He also came up with some fantastic versions of Mexican breakfast favorites: he has breakfast tacos, huevos rancheros, and chilaquiles & he uses his wife's recipe, and they're amazing!€
Brian, Chef Isidro, and the rest of the Harder Concepts team have gone back to some old favorites. €œWe've brought back the southwest eggrolls and Zen pot stickers that were a favorite at Zen, the first restaurant we opened. Then there's fun grub like loaded cheese fries, fried pickels, and lollipopped wings. The wings are brined, roasted, and fried, and they come in four flavors,€ Brian said. €œWe've also brought over the most popular burgers at our other locations, so if you're craving that bacon-mac-and-cheese burger you had at Addison Ice House, you can get that at Saintsbury Tavern, too, though be sure to come by and give our new menu a try.€