Neighborhood restaurant The Fifth: Fireside Patio & Bar offers a seasonal menu and a selection of fine wines in Richardson
The seared salmon ($ 22) is braised in white wine and is served with lemon butter, roasted red peppers, green beans, and basil aioli. (Erick Pirayesh / Community Impact Journal)
When Greg Cooney visits his restaurant, The Fifth: Fireside Patio and Bar, he says he likes to shop around. At the Canyon Creek neighborhood restaurant, there are always a few friends or neighbors to say hello.
“The beauty of it all is you are going to see my daughters, my parents and everything in between,” said Cooney, who is also a Canyon Creek resident. “That’s all we love; it’s the neighborhood, it’s everyone.
Cooney, along with Don Bouvier, Steve Gumber and Anthony Bolner, are friends and neighbors who own The Fifth. The group also owns Shady’s Burgers and Brewhaha, located directly across from II Creeks Plaza.
“We all had a passion for making a difference in the neighborhood,” Cooney said. “The concept was not to leave the neighborhood while enjoying a quality meal and excellent service.
The space had been four other restaurants before becoming the fifth.
“Hence the name. We named it the day we bought it,” Bouvier said. “Someone threw The Fifth… and it got a little stuck.”
Cooney said II Creeks Plaza is somewhat off the beaten track compared to other malls.
“People call it the hidden gem,” Cooney said. “It’s a quaint shopping center [with] lots of trees; it feels good.
Cooney said the dinner menu changes seasonally and the chef prioritizes quality over quantity. The spring / summer menu includes crispy Brussels sprouts, artisanal pizzas, seared salmon and smoked ribs, among others. An autumn / winter menu is expected to debut around October 15.
The Fifth has a full-service bar and a patio with a fireplace. The facade of the building is being renovated to include a second patio.
The restaurant will remain open during construction, and Cooney said he hopes the renovations will be completed by mid-October. The company also offers a wine club for guests to store their own wine at the restaurant.
Cooney and Bouvier said when the restaurant first opened, most of their customers were friends and acquaintances. But large-scale business developments, such as CityLine, have attracted more young professionals, Cooney said.
“It’s who comes here on a girls’ night out, a date or a special occasion,” he said. “We like it.”
The fifth: terrace and bar by the fireside
2701 Custer Parkway, Ste. 700, Richardson
Hours: Mon-Thu. 4-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 am-10pm, Sun 10 am-9pm