Richard Rawlings revives Gas Monkey concept in new Dallas location
Colorful automotive personality Richard Rawlings is back with Gas Monkey round two: He's partnered with Refined Hospitality Concepts to reopen his famed dining and entertainment destination, Gas Monkey Dallas, at the Mercer Boardwalk development on LBJ Freeway near Luna Road.
According to a release, it'll open in 2022.
Gas Monkey Dallas will offer a new live music venue and experience that appeals to a diverse audience, with family-friendly fun during the day and live music at night.
It'll be a 40,000 square-foot space with rooftop bar, music stage, and lots of green space, with a menu described as eclectic with regional specialties including barbecue and Tex-Mex.
In addition to food and drink, it will sell Gas Monkey branded merchandise, as well as a special "Richard's Table," which diners can reserve, assuming Rawlings is not there using it himself.
Gas Monkey Dallas will be the flagship for a series of new restaurant and entertainment destinations Rawlings plans — some in partnership with Refined Hospitality Concepts, the subsidiary of Centurion American whose brands include Primo's MX, Bourbon & Banter, Scout, Overeasy, Waterproof, and Sfereco, plus partner brands that now include Gas Monkey, Boi Na Braza, and Parliament.
"When we began to work with Mehrdad Moayedi and the development team at Centurion American on the dining concepts for Mercer Boardwalk, we wanted to create a real destination for all of North Texas," says Refined Hospitality Concepts CEO Robert Hall in a statement. "Gas Monkey Dallas will create the type of energy and excitement we’ve wanted to bring to this area."
Rawlings' Gas Monkey Garage and store at 2330 Merrell Rd. in Dallas is still open. His previous venue, Gas Monkey Bar & Grill, rebranded itself in September as Amplified, and Rawlings is no longer involved.
Rawlings founded Gas Monkey Garage in 2004 with the goal of being a world-renowned hot rod shop. In 2012, the venue became the centerpiece of Discovery Channel TV show Fast N' Loud; the show spawned multiple spinoffs including Demolition Theater, Misfit Garage, and Garage Rehab.