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Dallas hot rodder Richard Rawlings to open mega-restaurant-bar in Lewisville
Richard Rawlings, celebrity hot rodder and owner of the famous Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, is opening a sprawling new venue that will combine restaurant, bar, and entertainment.
Star of the one-time Discovery Channel TV show Fast N' Loud, Rawlings is teaming up again with Refined Hospitality Concepts (Primo's MX Kitchen & Lounge, Sfereco, Statler Dallas) to open a second location of his massive restaurant and live music venue, Gas Monkey Bar & Grill.
It'll be located at 1951 N. Summit Ave., Lewisville, on the former site of the Zone Action Park, and will include not only a restaurant, bar, and live music venue, but also putt putt golf, go cart racing, classic car displays and amusement rides.
The first location, previously announced, is set to open in spring 2023 at the Boardwalk at Mercer Crossing, a collection of retail stores and restaurants under construction on I-635 near Luna Road in Farmers Branch.
That location will encompass 40,000 square feet with a rooftop bar, live music stage, and a Tex-Mex/BBQ menu theme.
Mercer Crossing will also be home to new locations of Primo's and Sfereco, two of the restaurant concepts in the Refined Hospitality Concepts (RHC) family. Those are slated to open in fall 2022.
In a statement, Refined Hospitality Concepts CEO Robert Hall expresses his enthusiasm about the partnership.
"Working with Richard to reinvent Gas Monkey Bar & Grill has been such a great creative exercise," Hall says.
They envision a live music venue and experience that appeals to a diverse audience, with family-friendly fun during the day and live music at night. In addition to food and drink, it will sell Gas Monkey-branded merchandise. It's the flagship for a series of new restaurant and entertainment destinations Rawlings has planned in partnership with RHC.
In the interim, they're plotting a tide-me-over: Called Primo's Gas Monkey Cantina, it will be a limited-run venue that opens at Mercer Crossing at the same time that Primo's and Sfereco open in the fall.
"We've been meeting weekly to innovate on ways we can give fans a sneak peek of the Gas Monkey experience when we open Primo's Gas Monkey Cantina later this year," Hall says.
Rawlings founded Gas Monkey Garage in 2004, then rocketed to fame after Fast N' Loud debuted in 2012. The show subsequently spawned spinoffs such as Demolition Theater, Misfit Garage, and Garage Rehab.
He created the first Gas Monkey Bar & Grill, with a companion venue called Gas Monkey Live, in 2013. Both closed during the pandemic. In 2021, a similar concept re-opened in the same location but with new management under the name Amplified.
Rawlings is about to sell off nearly his entire collection of classic restored cars in a big auction taking place in September.