Chili's founder prepares to fire up new Ten 50 BBQ joint in Richardson

By Jennifer Chininis
Editor in Chief | Culture Map Dallas


Photo courtesy of Culture Map Dallas and Ten 50 BBQ.


Larry Lavine, the man best known for founding Chili’s in 1975, has plans to open a new restaurant in Richardson this summer. Ten 50 BBQ will serve “authentic, wood-fired Central Texas-style” barbecue in a newly remodeled building at the corner of U.S. 75 and Arapaho Road, adjacent to the DART rail station and not far from the newAlamo Drafthouse.
According to a release, meats will be smoked using nothing but wood — hickory, mesquite, oak and pecan — in its rotisserie and smokers. Expect brisket, ribs, pork roast, chicken, turkey and several varieties of sausage. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant also will serve homemade sides (jalapeño pinto beans, German potato salad with house-smoked bacon, maple sweet potato casserole, mac and cheese, roasted corn), pies and other Texas comfort food. Ten 50 will brine its own pickles and serve complimentary fresh-baked bread.
"Our guiding philosophy is that authentic Central Texas-style BBQ is the state’s greatest comfort food,” said Lavine in a release. “We have traveled the state over many years sampling the best BBQ and talking to top pitmasters, from highly acclaimed BBQ joints like Franklin and Snow’s to hole-in-the-wall places. We have been experimenting to perfect the art of BBQ and will take the care needed to ensure our meats and made-from-scratch dishes will consistently be great.”
As for the location, the Richardson Economic Development Partnership (REDP), a joint effort between the City of Richardson and its Chamber of Commerce, has been actively redeveloping the city’s central corridor since 2005. More than 130 new restaurants have opened in Richardson since 2007.
“We couldn’t be more excited about Ten 50 BBQ preparing to launch its concept in Richardson,” said Sue Walker, director of economic development with the REDP.
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