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Meet Scott Hoffner of Didi’s Downtown in Frisco

Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Hoffner.

Owner and Chef, Scott Hoffner, has been in the business for more than 30 years and is committed to the Frisco community where he and his wife are raising their two little Didi’s. Scott began his career in the restaurant business washing dishes at the age of nine in Plano, TX. His love for food and cooking was fostered by his mother (Didi) during his youth and he was working the line by his early teens. His passion took him to Providence, RI, where he earned a degree in Culinary Science and Hospitality Marketing at the esteemed Johnson and Wales University.

Scott’s love of adventure led him to Southern California, where he became Chef de’ Cuisine of the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. He was then recruited by an independent restaurant, Pangea, where he was able to focus on his dishes and create strong relationships with his customers. After the birth of his first daughter, he decided to move his family from sunny California to Colorado and then on to Montana to find the right “spot” to settle down.

He realized home is where the heart is, and his heart is here in Texas. Upon moving back to Texas, Scott worked as the Executive Chef at Agave Bar and Grill and then accepted a position as the personal chef for a local professional athlete. Scott went on to help open, as Executive Chef and General Manager, one of Dallas’s premier seafood restaurants on Oak Lawn. From there, Scott took on the Executive Chef position at J. Macklin’s Grill in Coppell, TX. Most recently, he has served as a private chef to NBA and NFL players in the DFW metroplex.

Scott Hoffner is tapped into Texas. Born and raised here with an extensive history in multiple restaurants, he is able to handpick his staff to provide the best hospitality and top-notch cuisine. Training staff and making sure that patrons have positive, memorable experiences is a priority.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Just as in life, nothing comes easy. That is great. In the evolution of Didi’s Downtown, everything from staffing to vendor changes, solidifying a well-received menu by all, and of course, an international pandemic.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Didi’s Downtown story. Tell us more about the business.
Didi’s Downtown, located in the heart of Frisco, Texas, is the third oldest house built in Frisco – 1912. It’s a funky little shack that’s filled with locals, great food, and incredible live music, unlike any venue in the state. Didi’s is named after my mom, who passed away suddenly a couple of years back – her name was Diane, and all of the kids called her Didi. Didi’s is an homage to my mother and everything she loved about family, food, and fun. Some of the dishes unique to Didi’s are the Texican Chicken, Buffalo Short Rib Eggrolls, Tuna on Fire, The Best Meatloaf Ever, and Hot Fudge Pie. All of these, I think, would be show stoppers.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I think the timing is everything. I waited five years for the building I am in and feel lucky that the landlord called me first.

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