Northeast Tarrant

It’s official: Babe’s is coming to North Richland Hills

Babe’s is famous for its fried chicken served family-style.
Babe’s is famous for its fried chicken served family-style. Star-Telegram

Here’s a juicy piece of good news for North Richland Hills:

“It’s official! Babe’s Chicken Dinner House and also Sweetie Pie’s Ribeyes are coming to NRH!”

That announcement was posted on the North Richland Hills City Hall Facebook page last night after the city council approved construction of the restaurants at Rufe Snow Drive and Loop 820 at the old Library and Recreation Center site.

Bud Kennedy reported in late January that Babe’s, the beloved North Texas comfort food restaurant, was negotiating to open its 10th location at 6720 N.E. Loop 820 in a 73,000 square foot property. The plan, given the seal of approval by the NRH City Council on Monday night, also includes a Sweetie Pie’s Ribeyes, Babe’s steak and home-cooking concept.

Babe’s, which opened its ninth location in 2010 in Arlington, is best known for fried chicken and biscuits, family-style dining, sweet pies, and a dancing wait staff. The original Babe’s location opened in Roanoke in 1993, started by Paul Vinyard, whose children now help him run the expanding chain.

“My parents grew up in West Texas and so it’s very West Texas food that I grew up on,” Tiffany Vinyard-Wheeless told CBS 11 in a 2015 profile of the chain. “And so you are getting a piece of Texas when you come.”

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