Opening day has arrived for the first Dallas location of Get Fried Fry Cafe, a quick-serve restaurant that offers French fries with gourmet toppings.
According to a release, the restaurant, a concept founded in Buffalo, New York, in 2014, will open on May 31 at 2656 Main St., #130, across from Pecan Lodge.
Get Fried is known for its gourmet-topped French fries. What the release does not say is that it is also known for trying to put an irksome hashtag as part of its name, a la #getfried.
The website says that founder Chris Covelli, who was inspired by the French fry cafes in Amsterdam and the poutine shops of Canada, and his partner Garrett Green, "decided they had to establish a brand that would create a buzz among consumers. Enter Get Fried Fry Cafe. To this day, Chris says it was the first name that came to mind and there’s no question that it was a home run. Realizing the name would cater to millennials, they took it a step further and added a hashtag in front of the name."
So sorry, Get Fried, wish we could, but no hashtag on CultureMap for you today.
As for the fries, they come in six styles that are personalized with more than 20 sauces, seasonings, and toppings. A signature basket is the "716," made with shredded chicken, buffalo sauce, and blue cheese. Other options include waffle fry sliders — wee burgers in a sandwich where the "bun" is waffle fries — chicken fingers, and Dutch-style frites, served in a paper cone with a dipping sauce.
The Dallas restaurant comes from local businessman Muhammad Abdullah, who has eight years of business management experience in other retail locations and is also part of the chain's intended expansion throughout the country, with locations currently planned for Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Santa Clara, and Egypt. Which is obviously not in the country.
Texas locations already open include Austin, on the campus of the University of Texas; San Antonio, where it's a food truck; and Houston, sorta, at the Deerbrook Mall in Humble.
Dallas is definitely the most "legit."
"There is an incredible food culture in Dallas, and I look forward to introducing the community to the #getfried brand," Abdullah says in a release. "With French fries being the number-one consumer fast-food item in America, I am sure this concept will be a success for many years to come. The area is also in need of a late-night quick-service restaurant, which is why we’ll be open until 3 am."