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Hot Rod Restaurateur Plans Local Amusement Center


Richard Rawlings | Image by Gas Monkey Garage

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Fast ‘N Loud star Richard Rawlings is opening up a mega restaurant and bar in Lewisville.

Rawlings is partnering again with Refined Hospitality Concepts, who are behind Primo’s MX Kitchen & Lounge, Sfereco, and Statler Dallas, according to Culturemap Dallas.

The Lewisville site will be the second location for Rawlings’ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill. The expansive restaurant and bar will be located at 1951 N. Summit Ave.

Like Rawlings’ previous concepts, live music will have its place. However, added amenities such as miniature golf, go-cart racing, classic car displays, and amusement rides will also be available.

Rawlings previously announced the first Gas Monkey Bar & Grill location at the Boardwalk at Mercer Crossing, on I-635 near Luna Road in Farmers Branch, which will open in spring 2023.

The 40,000-square-foot playground will have a rooftop bar, a live music stage, and BBQ and Mexican offerings on the menu.

Refined Hospitality Concepts CEO Robert Hall expressed his excitement with Culturemap Dallas, saying, “Working with Richard to reinvent Gas Monkey Bar & Grill has been such a great creative exercise.”

Both venues will have something for everyone: family-friendly fun during the day and live music at night. In addition to a good time, official Gas Monkey Bar & Grill apparel will be available for purchase.

With both restaurants not opening for a few more months, Rawlings put something together for those who can’t wait for the Gas Monkey experience.

“We’ve been meeting weekly to innovate on ways we can give fans a sneak peek of the Gas Monkey experience when we open Primo’s Gas Monkey Cantina later this year,” Hall said.

Gas Monkey Cantina will be a temporary venue, opening at Mercer Crossing in the fall.

Previously, Rawlings had two Gas Monkey locations, which opened in 2013 following the popularity of his Gas Monkey Garage, which propelled him to reality show fame on Discovery Channel’s Fast ‘N Loud.

Spinoff shows Demolition Theater, Misfit Garage, and Garage Rehab followed.

The pandemic forced the closure of Rawlings’ previous locations. The muscle car enthusiast, best known for his work with hot rods, plans to auction off most of his classic car collection in September.

“I’ve had some of these cars for a very long time, and over the last year, I’ve been reflecting on what I want to keep and what I don’t want to keep,” Rawlings said in a video about the auction. “I reached a decision: I’m selling everything — all of it.”

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