It's been eight years since Babe's Chicken Dinner House opened a new restaurant in Dallas-Fort Worth. But the time has come: The fried chicken joint opened its doors in North Richland Hills on Nov. 7, confirms owner Paul Vinyard.
The North Richland Hills project was two years in the making. It was delicious enough news that North Richland Hills City Hall posted a celebratory photo on Facebook when the deal was made in summer 2016.
The new Babe's is located about 13 miles from the original Babe's in Roanoke, which is significantly smaller in menu size and restaurant size.
The North Richland Hills restaurant is "supersized," the Star-Telegram says, and is expected be joined by a Sweetie Pie's Ribeyes next door. Its menu includes fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, fried catfish, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, buttermilk biscuits and more.
Babe's is a growing Southern kitchen that launched in 1993 and has grown to 10 restaurants. Owners Paul and Mary Beth Vinyard opened the first two Babe's (in Roanoke and Garland) in two years, but the third came nearly 10 years later, in 2003 in Sanger.
Then, the company boomed, opening the remaining seven restaurants in eight years, including during the year Mary Beth died. (Mary Beth's nickname was "Babe"; Paul's is "Bubba." They also operate a chicken restaurant with a drive-through called Bubba's Cooks Country in University Park. Along that same theme, their Sweetie Pie's Ribeyes is so named because Babe had said if she had a bull for a pet, she'd name him Sweetie Pie.)
If the new Babe's in North Richland Hills is like the others, customers will drive from near and far, often waiting in lunchtime lines, to eat the restaurant's famous fried chicken, chicken-fried steak and mashed potatoes and buttermilk biscuits.
6711 NE Loop 820, North Richland Hills.
Original story was published Oct. 8, 2018 and updated on opening day, Nov. 7, 2018.