Our Story

In her home kitchen, with her husband and children serving as taste-testers, Mary Beth Vinyard developed and perfected the beloved recipes still served at Bubba’s Cooks Country restaurant today.

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.

Their mission was simple: share the old family recipes 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.

Bubba’s only serves food the family loves and, luckily, the family loves mashed potatoes, chicken-fried steak, green beans, yeast rolls, black-eyed peas and fried chicken – lots of fried chicken. The highest quality ingredients, which are prepared to let their natural flavors shine through, and Mary Beth’s time-honored recipes ensure that the customers love the food as much as the family does.

The Vinyard family opened Babe’s Chicken Dinner House in 1993 and there are now ten locations across the DFW Metroplex, including Roanoke, Garland, Sanger, Carrollton, Burleson, Granbury, Frisco, Cedar Hill, Arlington and North Richland Hills. The family’s steak house, Sweetie Pie’s Ribeyes, opened in Decatur in 2006.

Sadly, Mary Beth passed away in 2008, but her family and friends are reminded of her legacy each time they taste her recipes for peach cobbler or those homemade yeast rolls. In fact, the best compliments they receive are from customers who tell them that the food served at Bubba’s reminds them of their own mother or grandmother.

The Vinyards are deeply passionate about the foods they serve and providing a casual and comfortable dining experience for their customers.

1980

Paul (Bubba) and Mary Beth (Babe) Vinyard get a craving for the fried chicken and fixin’s they remember from their childhood, but there is none to be found near their home in Dallas.

1981

The Vinyard’s bring their personal taste of traditional, southern comfort food to the area with the creation of Bubba’s Cooks Country Restaurant.

1993

The family opens Babe’s Chicken Dinner House in Roanoke. There are now 10 locations around the DFW Metroplex.

2006

The family loves a good steak, too! Sweetie Pie’s Ribeyes opens in Decatur.

2019

Bubba’s continues to serve the SMU and Dallas area with great food in a happy environment.