Dallas founder of Chili's to open new Loop 9 BBQ restaurant in Grand Prairie
A Dallas famous F&B guy is opening another restaurant. Called Loop 9 BBQ, it's a new BBQ concept featuring prime brisket from Larry Lavine, the founder of Chili's, and it's opening in Grand Prairie in early 2023.
According to a release, it'll be one of the first restaurant to go into EpicCentral, the 172-acre entertainment center off Highway 161 that's home to Grand Prairie Public Safety Building, Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, The Summit recreation center for adults ages 50+, The Epic, Playgrand Adventures, five lakes, a grand lawn, and boardwalk.
Loop 9 BBQ describes itself as a Texas barbecue restaurant serving prime brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, and Meyer’s Elgin sausage.
The signature appetizer is “Dirty” Burnt-End Queso, while a full bar will offer fresh lime margaritas, house cocktails, craft beers, and wines.
Sides will include Mexican corn, borracha beans, fried okra,cornbread, and two flavors of fries.
Desserts will be based on recipes by Lavine's wife, Ann, including Chocolate Cream Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, Key Lime Pie, and Banana Cream Pudding. The restaurant will have a separate pie shop selling whole pies to take home.
Lavine has featured her pies at previous restaurants, namely two short-lived taverns he opened 15 years ago, Red's Patio Grill in Plano and Strong's Everyday Tavern in Uptown Dallas.
Since opening is still a few months away, Loop 9 is now offering catering services as a prelude; the menu is online.
This isn't Lavine's first foray into BBQ; in 2014, he helped found Ten 50 BBQ in Richardson.
The release says the restaurant is named for a doomed Loop 9 Dallas-Fort Worth route that would have eased traffic from the future DFW airport. How Dallas, to name a restaurant for a freeway! Grand Prairie now has 161, brimming with projects that include the EpicCentral development that comprises amusement parks, hotels, conference center, and restaurants.