Chili’s founder opens a new grill restaurant in North Texas

The Texan man who founded the legendary Chili’s Bar and Grill is planning to open a new restaurant in North Texas. Larry Lavine has been making waves in the food and beverage industry since 1975, when he opened the first Chili’s in Dallas, and almost 50 years later it seems that he won’t stop.

According to the Dallas Culture Map, Lavine is slated to open a new grilling concept called Loop 9 BBQ in Grand Prairie in early 2023. The restaurant was first announced last year with a delayed opening in 2022. Good news! The company already offers catering services. Loop 9 BBQ said the concept was “an homage to the European immigrants who settled in central Texas, who introduced the process of searing and smoking prime beef and pork to Texas cowboys.”

Loop 9 BBQ said its menu will include smoked prime brisket and pastrami, bacon and authentic Texas sausage, homemade sides, toppings and dressings, a homemade pie shop, and a selection of local craft beers, wine and mixed drinks. Culture Map teased some signature dishes and sides, including “dirty” burnt-end queso, Mexican corn, borracha beans, fried okra, cornbread, and two types of fries. All of the food is made from scratch, the company said, and works with local suppliers, farms and markets for fresh meat, vegetables, fruit and herbs.

The homemade cake shop will reportedly use recipes from Lavine’s wife, Ann, with flavors including chocolate mousse cake, coconut mousse cake, key lime pie and banana mousse pudding.