Scotty P’s owners bring old-fashioned dining service to McKinney


The Green Chile Burger ($ 8.99) has fire-grilled Hatch green peppers and crispy onion strings.

Scott Pontikes and his brother, Chris, own all five Scotty P’s stores in Collin County. In each location, the walls are lined with large historical photographs that are a nod to the history of this city and the Pontikes family.

Scott opened the first Scotty P’s in Frisco in 1999, and in doing so, he made his life-long dream of owning his own restaurant a reality. He opened the McKinney store in February 2005.

Working in the restaurant business is a family tradition. Scott and Chris’ father, Michael Pontikes, worked from a young age in taverns and bakeries. Michael, who died in 2010, has spent nearly 64 years of his life in the restaurant business, including helping his sons open their own restaurant.

“It’s been a family affair from the start,” Chris said. “And what he instilled in us was the hard work and the old-fashioned style that made our business so successful.”

Scott and Chris said that one of those old fashioned ways is that everything must be fresh.

“With the influx of new [businesses] going into the market is their big selling point, that everything is fresh, but that’s how it’s always been for us, ”said Scott.

Scott said some of the more popular dishes include the Green Chile Burger ($ 8.99), served with fire-grilled Hatch green peppers, Pepper Jack cheese and onion strings; and the Chris P. Chicken Tenders ($ 8.99), hand-breaded chicken fillets served with fries.

After their first location in Frisco, the brothers opened locations in McKinney, Allen, Plano and Garland.

” Progression [of these towns] made sense to us, ”said Chris. “All of these cities were built on the backs of the people who lived in these communities. And we knew the communities were similar to each other, so our family-oriented concept works in each. “


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