Tommy Bahama's Island Vibe Breezes Into Plano's Legacy West

Expanding its decades-old pattern of opening largely in tourist areas, Tommy Bahama this week opened a combination restaurant and retail outlet in the new Legacy West development in business-packed Plano.Officials with the brand, which began as a food-clothing combo more than 20 years ago, see in the Plano area a strong mix of hungry residents and corporate types, who need space for lunch meetings.The aim of the newest Tommy Bahama Island outlet is to bring a relaxed vibe to an urban center."We are very careful about how we choose locations," said Rob Goldberg, executive vice president of restaurants, bars and food concepts for Seattle-based Tommy Bahama. "This is only the 18th Island worldwide."This is a newer model for us in terms of the setting ... with a big business community, big residential community versus our typical resort style location," added Goldberg, after bestowing a "Hawaiian blessing" on the new Plano workers.  Continue reading...

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