New Chip's to Join Matt's and The Mecca on La Vista Drive

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The cluster of restaurants around the intersection of La Vista Drive and Skillman Street is about to get a new addition. A second Chip's Old Fashioned Hamburgers is slated to open there by the end of this summer.

If you've ever exited the Dallas North Tollway at Lovers Lane you've definitely seen the original Chip's. The green and yellow Tudor-style building got a fresh coat of paint about two years ago when Brent Gamster and his family purchased the restaurant. While Chip's location has moved in the past, the brand has been turning out burgers in Dallas for more than 30 years.

Gamster isn't new to the restaurant business. He's got a lifetime of experience working for the Cheesecake Factory and the Darden restaurant group, opening up restaurants all over the country. Now he's applying that experience to open up a second of what he hopes to be five or six restaurants around the DFW area.

"We lucked into a really good thing," said Gamster of purchasing Chip's. Employees with more than a decade of experience stayed when the restaurant changed hands and customers have remained loyal too.

Some of those long-timers will note the new East Dallas location is a bit of a homecoming for the burger restaurant. The original Chip's was located on Central Expressway at Forest Lane, but when the expressway was expanded that location was demolished. Chip's has been at the Lovers Lane location for the past 20 years.

Chip's, 6115 La Vista Drive

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Chip's Old Fashioned Hamburgers

4530 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Jon Pitt
Jon Pitt

Chips used to be good... What happened?


The Chip's I cut my teeth on was located at the intersection of Cole and Armstrong.  I'm pretty sure that building was moved from the 75 service road location.    


@todd 75 & Armstrong was the original location. Amazing. Then it moved to the Cole location in the renovated church but also the quality changed. Lovers has been there at least since the early 90's. I miss the original Chips. Homemade fries, amazing burgers. Tops. It's tuff to recognize in your life that things don't always get better...


@todd It was a different building. The one on 75 was an old firehouse, which has been demolished. The one at Cole/Armstrong is an old church, and was a Thai restaurant previous to its Chips incarnation (I think,  but am not sure, that previous to THAT it was a bar called The Old Church.). It still stands and houses some restaurant or another.


@todd To your real point, though -- you are correct, the one in the old firehouse was the original. The one on Lovers is quite clearly the Building Formerly Known As IHOP. Marginally Tudor, I suppose -- Tudor-cum-Swiss-Chalet-cum-Midcentury-Roadside-Folly. 

ChrisYu topcommenter

@Daniel @todd   okay gotta throw this in there. on Greenville near Presbyterian on that creek, there was a place called Chap's! looked and served the same as Chip's. early 90's I think.


@todd P.P.S. It hardly warrants my nitpicking, but the original location to which I refer was at 75 & Armstrong -- two blocks from the Cole location.  Not at Forest. And there were two simultaneous locations, one at Cole/Armstrong and one at Lovers/ Tollway, throughout the 1990s.

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