Meet The Vinyards
In her home kitchen, with husband Paul and children, Joel and Tiffany, all serving as taste-testers, Mary Beth Vinyard recreated and perfected time-honored family recipes. Those beloved recipes, still served today at both Bubba’s restaurant locations, ensure guests receive the same taste and quality with each dining experience. We want our guests to love the food as much as our family does.
Family and tradition will forever be a large part of Bubba’s culture and dining experience because it’s who we are.
It all started in 1980 when Paul (known to many as “Bubba”) and Mary Beth (“Babe”) Vinyard would get a craving for the fried chicken and fixin’s they ate and remembered from their childhood. Unfortunately, there was nothing like it to be found near their home in Dallas. Hmmm? An idea was born.
Paul and Mary Beth opened Bubba’s in 1981, bringing their Texas rooted country cooking to Dallas, specifically, the Park Cities area. Their mission was simple: share old family recipes they grew up on in West Texas. To do so, Paul converted an old 1929 Texaco service station into an Art Deco style diner. Bubba’s “Cooks Country” was born. And just as they were then, the Vinyards are deeply passionate about the quality of foods they serve to each and every guest, today!
Early on in 1982, they added breakfast to the daily lineup featuring eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, buttermilk pancakes with syrup, hash browns, cinnamon rolls, muffins, and other delicious menu items.
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 Vinyard, our matriarch, passed away in 2008. Luckily, family and friends remind us of her legacy each time her carefully crafted recipes are tasted, such as cherry cobbler or those homemade yeast rolls, as well as all the other items. And, perhaps the best compliments received are those from our guests who say Bubba’s cooking reminds them of past experiences with their mother or grandmother. Those are the ones that leave us with the biggest smiles on our faces!