Chef Robert Lyford and family have sold Patina Green in McKinney to new owners – The Dallas Morning News

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Over the next few months, expect to see some new faces alongside Robert and Kaci Lyford and Kaci’s mom, Luann Van Winckel, at Patina Green Home and Market in downtown McKinney.

The Hanes family are the new owners of the popular sandwich shop as of Feb. 1.

The Lyfords and Van Winckel have sold the beloved McKinney institution ― a move bound to send shockwaves through the North Texas farm-to-table community. Robert, in particular, has been a seminal player in Collin County over the past decade, since they opened in 2010, bringing fresh goods from young farmers and others local producers not only onto his lunchtime menu but to the attention of other influential chefs in the area.

Profound Microfarms, Jubilant Fields Farms, Pure Land Farm and N&P Farm and Dairy, to name a few, sold their first harvests to Robert, according to the press release announcing the new ownership.

In 2012, the Food Network named Robert’s ham and cheese the best sandwich in the state of Texas.

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The Lyford family, far right, has sold Patina Green Home and Market to the Hanes family.
The Lyford family, far right, has sold Patina Green Home and Market to the Hanes family.(Azure Photography)

But you have only to eat one of his sandwiches to “get” their popularity. Menu descriptions often noted the source of particular seasonal ingredients, such as Marla’s tomatoes, from Marla Baugh. I’ve written before about my own egg-salad-sandwich epiphany: “Never cared for them much until I tasted Robert’s. I couldn’t believe the difference.”

The chef also has pickled and canned bushels of local produce. These were sold alongside other artisan products, from chocolates to beans, as well as local eggs, apples and more.

Now it’s time to hand the operation off to new owners.

“After 10 years as owners of Patina Green Home and Market,” writes Kaci in a personal note, “we are passing the torch to a new family, one that reminds us of our young selves.”

The Hanes family ― husband and wife Shane and Lori Hanes along with three of their children, Mallori, Trevor and Tyler ― say they’re “excited to carry on the Patina Green traditions of real food and sustainable living,” according to the press release.

The good news is they’re longtime neighbors who appreciate the Patina Green legacy and vibe. Lori Hanes owns Ambrosia, another business on the McKinney Square, and Shane owns the stores’ shared building and has offices upstairs from Patina Green.

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Chef Robert Lyford, center, is sharing his recipes with twins Trevor and Tyler Hanes.
Chef Robert Lyford, center, is sharing his recipes with twins Trevor and Tyler Hanes.(Azure Photography)

Their kids, who are in their 20s, will write the next chapter at Patina Green.

Mallori will handle the store and retail side while twins Trevor and Tyler, who created the Twin Taco food truck after graduating from culinary school, will step into the kitchen.

Lunchtime fare at Patina Green will remain largely the same, according to a press release: “Chef Robert is passing on the recipes and secrets of the sandwiches and sides, including the famous Ham & Cheese and the BOB ― a cult favorite ― of brisket-on-a-biscuit served only on Fridays.”

Bob’s Taco Shop, a once-a-month pop-up, will continue, but with a new name. You can look forward to more tacos on the lunch menu, too. An expansion of the patio dining area is also in the works.

So what are Kaci and Robert up to next?

“Robert and I are entrepreneurs at heart,” writes Kaci. “Patina Green is our second successful business together, and we feel like we have a third one in us. For now, we plan to get refueled and inspired by being in nature. This summer you will find us hiking national parks, exploring new places, and cooking for ourselves.”

You can follow their travels on Instagram @kacilyford and @robertlyford.

Patina Green is located at 116 N. Tennessee Street, #102, McKinney.

Robert Lyford, Kaci Lyford, and Kaci's mom, Luann Van Winckel, far left, opened Patina Green in 2010.
Robert Lyford, Kaci Lyford, and Kaci’s mom, Luann Van Winckel, far left, opened Patina Green in 2010.(Azure Photography)

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