Allen will be getting a new branch of the famous Katy Trail Ice House that originated from Plano but this new location will be the biggest and grandest development according to a Dallas Morning news article from March 10 which reports,
“Owner Buddy Cramer, developer Ray Washburne and real estate broker Newt Walker have been working on the deal, which is on the south side of State Highway 121 between Alma Drive and Custer Road in Allen, since 2017.
Katy Trail Ice House originated in Uptown Dallas in 2011, quickly becoming one of Dallas’ highest-grossing bars. Cramer then opened Katy Trail Ice House Outpost in Plano in 2013.
The Allen restaurant will be the third — and the last, Cramer says.
It’ll be the biggest Katy Trail Ice House so far, and it’ll cost $7 to $8 million to build. Cramer is also spending $1 million to buy and plant trees on the site — a must-have for this shaded backyard hangout.”
Officials from Allen couldn’t be any happier with this new venture and development which they expect to aid their community become more unique and attractive according to a Dallas Morning News article from March 9. They say,
“We are very focused on entertainment on Highway 121,” said Dan Bowman, CEO of the Allen Economic Development Corp. “We are all about creating something new and different.
“The Katy Trail Ice House adds to something really unique and different in Allen.”
Bowman said the city is working with the developers to connect the office and entertainment site to Allen’s trail system.
“We’ll have a connected bridge that gets you to the trail so people from Allen and McKinney and everywhere else can ride their bikes,” he said.”
Both Cramer and the officials are eyeing on the fall of 2023 for its opening but they are flexible to adjusting the same on the early part of 2024.