Fast N’ Loud Star Richard Rawlings Opens Gas Monkey Bar ‘N Grill

Owner Richard Rawlings (left); smoked brisket for 15 hours (right) photography by Leah Clausen
Owner Richard Rawlings (left); smoked brisket for 15 hours (right) photography by Leah Clausen

You know Richard Rawlings. He’s the guy who hosts that bad@$$ car show, Fast N’ Loud, on the Discovery Channel. He’s the guy who once wore a teeny tiny G-string and called it the photo from “internet hell” when Tim Rogers interviewed him for our September issue. Tats, a tan, and skull rings—you name it, he’s got it. Now he even owns this wooly mammoth-sized restaurant on 10261 Technology Boulevard E in Dallas. The patio is bigger than the indoor dining area.

Gas Monkey Bar ‘N Grill is Fort Worth native Richard Rawlings’ 19,000-square-foot venue for eating, drinking, and listening to live music. “We want to be the premier live music and dining destination in Dallas, and I feel like we’re on the way there,” says the head Gas Monkey.

Three cheese truffled mac 'n' cheese (left); Chef David Hollister (right)
Three cheese truffled mac ‘n’ cheese (left); Chef David Hollister (right)
Steak Fries with Parsley and Smoked Salt
Steak Fries with Parsley and Smoked Salt

Gas Monkey Bar ‘N Grill, named after Gas Monkey Garage (where Fast ‘N Loud is based), offers all the kinds of greasy food you would expect. At the media lunch on Tuesday, we tasted three-cheese truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, fried green beans, and smoked brisket that took 15 hours to make. All of it tasted like something you’d want to eat after working on your car all afternoon long. (Not that I would know.) But still. It’s not food for the faint of health.

Smoked Brisket and Fried Green Beans
Smoked Brisket and Fried Green Beans
A view of the stage
A view of the stage

When someone asked what kind of music they’d play at the restaurant, Rawlings answered, “We’re going more for an opera-type thing.”

What they’ll really be doing is hosting top-notch national talent, according to GM Alex Mendonsa. The Old ’97s will be rocking out on Saturday, September 21. Hank the Third is fixing to play in October, and the Misfits will be here in November.

“We’ll be featuring the restaurant in the show,” says Rawlings. “The trials and tribulations of making it happen.. and it is possible we could have a spin-off.”

Right now, the restaurant is only open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Starting September 23, lunch starts at 11 a.m.

Grilled Banana Split
Grilled Banana Split

33 comments on “Fast N’ Loud Star Richard Rawlings Opens Gas Monkey Bar ‘N Grill

  1. My first thought is: Will this be just like his show? Lot’s of bling and talk but in the back slopping things in and out as quick as possible to turn a fast buck? Looking forward to a good review. Hoping it doesn’t turn out to be another Guy Fieri American Kitchen & Bar.

  2. Is that really brisket next to the green beans in the picture in the article? It definitely looks like a beef short rib, but that wasnt described anywhere in the article. Curious how well that was executed because it looks delicious.

  3. I’m confused about the hours of operation? It reads that the restaurant will only be open between the hours of 4 PM to 2 AM yet in the next sentence it reads that lunch kicks off at 11 AM? You see the descrepency here?

  4. Just had dinner there and the food was great. Richard stopped in and I was lucky enough to shake his hand.
    What an awesome night for a Minnesota Girl while in Dallas TX!

  5. I am going to jump in my 450 horse mustang convertible and drive to Dallas from the crazy city of Detroit and get some of that Monkey food! Your a cool dude Richard. Much love from Detroit.

  6. Hey Richard Rawlings .. I think I will jump in my 450 horsepower Mustang Convertible and drive to Dallas for a slab of ribs at GAS MONKEY GRILL. Much love from Detroit need I say any more?? . You da Man Richard.. Love the show so I know the food is good too. Did you say cold beer?

  7. Hey yall did a really job on the bar n grill. Its sweet. Im out of a small town in alabama. I wish I meet yall. Yall doing a great job on the rides they are sweet rides

  8. Mike from New York love your show best of luck with your new bar and grill I want to do some advertising for you I’ll pay for the shirts shipping and handling with my Capital One card need one shop shirt 1 Bar and Grill shirt please call me 718 6:06 1884 money is money brother wish you the best call me

  9. We were there yesterday with the North Texas Muscle Car Club and we had a great time and the food was fantastic. Thank you so much we are looking forward to coming back. Lynn and Karen Dillard

  10. The next time I go to Dallas to visit family I will visit the Gas Monkey Bar ‘N Grill too. Menu looks deliciously rewarding.

  11. Chef Paul Willis created the whole dang thang, and got gutted like a fish on the bank of corporate America, well I know who made it happen , and if you dont , you can kiss a good mans ass

  12. I have a burger richard may b interested in. I have a whole crowd here wantin more of it.