In her home kitchen, with her husband and children serving as taste-testers, Mary Beth Vinyard developed and perfected the beloved recipes still served today at all Bubba’s Cooks Country and Babe’s Chicken Dinner House restaurants. Mary Beth and Paul (you may know him as “Bubba”) opened Bubba’s in 1981, bringing traditional, southern comfort food to the Park Cities area of Dallas and later in 2019, to the Frisco community.
Their mission was simple, Country Cookin’ for City Folk! They set out to share the old family recipes that they grew up on in West Texas with as many people as possible. Paul converted a 1929 Texaco Service Station into an Art Deco style diner, and Bubba’s was born.
The Vinyard’s then focused on and opened Babe’s Chicken Dinner House. The first one in Roanoke in 1993 and today there are ten locations across the DFW Metroplex, including; Garland, Sanger, Carrollton, Burleson, Granbury, Frisco, Cedar Hill, Arlington and North Richland Hills.
Luckily, they don’t just do chicken…they also love a really good steak and in 2006 in Decatur, Texas they opened their first steak house and named it Sweetie Pie’s Ribeyes. In 2021, they opened a second location in North Richland Hills, Texas. Whenever Paul was in trouble with Mary Beth, he’d call her “Sweetie Pie,” so it only seemed appropriate. It features ribeye steaks, but you’ll also find a filet mignon, chicken fried ribeye (a Vinyard family favorite), fried catfish, hamburgers, and lots more.
Sadly, Mary Beth passed away in 2008, but her family and friends are reminded of her legacy each time they taste her recipes including the cobbler and those homemade yeast rolls. In fact, the best compliments they receive are from customers who tell them that the food served at the many different restaurants reminds them of their own mother or grandmother.
The Vinyards are deeply passionate about the foods they serve, as well as providing a casual and comfortable dining experience for all their guests.