Locally owned restaurants in Collin County are banding together so they can better compete with corporate chain restaurants.
Jim Brevard, who owns Reel Thing Catfish Cafe in Allen is trying to get independent restaurants across the county to join a co-op and leverage their collective buying power with vendors to lower food costs.
“That will put us basically on the same footing as the chains when it comes to buying power,” said Brevard.
His mom-and-pop restaurant serves up home cooking away from home.
“We have customers that have been coming to dine with us for years,” he said. “We know them on a first-name basis. We know their family; we know the history of the family.”