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Babe’s is spreading its chicken wings (and other dishes) to North Richland Hills

This undated file photo shows the original Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, in Roanoke. North Richland Construction is expected to start on a Babe’s in North Richland Hills in January.
This undated file photo shows the original Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, in Roanoke. North Richland Construction is expected to start on a Babe’s in North Richland Hills in January. Star-Telegram archives

Fried-chicken lovers, rejoice. Work is starting soon on the 10th location for the Babe’s Chicken Dinner House, this one in North Richland Hills.

“We expect to be rockin’ and rollin’ in January,” said Paul Vinyard, owner of Babe’s Chicken restaurants. This Babe’s should be open in the fall.

The restaurant location is 6720 Northeast Loop 820 on property where the former city library and recreation center were, and before that, North Richland Hills Church of Christ.

“The city approached us and asked if we wanted to have a restaurant there,” Vinyard explained. “This is our first restaurant on a highway.”

Babe’s is known for its fried chicken, smoked chicken and chicken fried steak, with other offerings varying by location.

Rib-eye steak lovers also are in luck as Sweetie Pie’s Ribeyes, the company’s steak-and-home-cooking concept, will open next to Babe’s in the summer of 2919, he said.

The original Babe’s opened in Roanoke in 1993, and Babe’s now has Garland, Sanger, Carrollton, Burleson, Granbury, Frisco, Cedar Hill and Arlington locations. Decatur is home to Sweetie Pie’s.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Elizabeth Campbell: 817-390-7696, @fwstliz

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