Pat Snuffer, Patriarch of the Snuffer's Burger Chain, Is Turning His Back on Burgers

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Snuffers Cheddar Fries .jpg
The cheddar fries at the original Snuffer's
Two burger restaurants along Greenville Avenue have had dramatically different business experiences recently, while a new restaurant from a local burger legend hints at a possible (though probably unlikely) top in the Dallas burger market.

A few weeks ago, Becks Prime announced that the Greenville Avenue location of the Houston-based burger chain was closed. Business had been strong at other Dallas locations, but the burgers weren't selling on Greenville, according to a spokesperson. This seemed odd because, at least until recently, burger restaurants have proven to be invincible in Dallas. A toddler with a patty press and a plastic spatula could run a successful burger business here.

But the endless burger parade was dealt a second major blow when Pat Snuffer announced that his newest restaurant, Pat's & Mike, would not prominently feature burgers. Snuffer scoffed at typical "hamburger-laden menus seen on just about every corner," saying the last thing this town needs is another burger joint. The man who built a mini empire on burgers and cheese fries was turning to hand crafted pizzas and Tex-Mex menu items instead.

The move is significant, considering Snuffer's background with his eponymous restaurant and bar. While no longer associated with the restaurant, Snuffer turned his name into a recognized brand with multiple locations. The latest, a newly constructed restaurant built on the site of the original Snuffer's on Greenville Avenue, does brisk business. Night after night the patio spills over with burger fans while the smells of searing beef bathes the entire block. Wait too long in line to get into the neighboring Grenada Theater and you'll smell like you put in a shift at Dairy Queen for the rest of the evening. You might even give up on the show and pound a few Bud Lights and some cheddar fries, instead.

Pat's & Mike is expected to open this fall in the Preston Frankford Center and will feature "a comfortable, casual bar" and tight menu. They'll keep the kitchen open late-night, too. And who knows, if the plan works other budding restaurateurs might follow suit. If that happens we just might see a few less burger restaurants taking shape on the horizon.

Probably not, though.

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Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Tex-Mex-laden menus seen on just about every corner.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Snuffers on Greenville of the 80s is gone and will never be recreated, give it up

G_David
G_David

So Preston/Frankford?  Is it in the same spot on the northwest corner that has been about 13 different restaurants over the last 20+ years?  That corner seems to be cursed.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

My Daddy had horse named Buck.  Buck did precisely what the Old Man told him to.  My Daddy did it with a look or a leg nudge.  Buck was a cutter.  Better'n a sheep dog.

As a kid I waited for my chance.  When the Old Man got out of the saddle I got in.  I'm not saying Buck was dumb but when he was lathered up, tuned up and mentally in the game . . . I could ride like my Daddy.

For about one minute, maybe two if old Buck didn't turn around too quick and see, it was me.

Then it was straight to the barn and no amount of kicking and screaming could turn him.

Snuffer's on Greenville won't last a year.  Maybe two if Karns' has deep enough pockets and a big enough ego.  Pride goeth, as they say.

Then it'll turn over 5 times and Snuffer will pick it back up for a song.

JohnJay24
JohnJay24

Grenada is an island country consisting of the island of Grenada and six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea

(Granada is a music venue on Greenville)
But I agree with the theme of the message, I have almost removed burgers from our menu, but they are the only non-Cajun thing currently on the menu so we keep them on for groups where there is that one guy who doesn't want anything spicy. 

davidlory
davidlory

Love the food at Snuffers but the service has always lacked

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Good lord, look at those Cheddar Fries!  That, and about 5 ice cold drafts could make a man mean, or sleepy. That dish is one of my favorites of all time; that and a Santoro's sub, the nacho's at Bennigan's in the 80's, a slice of Papa Geno's pizza, chicken parm, or a real Texas brisket..........................mmmmm!


I salute you Pat.

reneevirdiasy
reneevirdiasy

@G_David my classmate's step-sister makes $88 an hour on the internet . She has been fired from work for 9 months but last month her check was $12176 just working on the internet for a few hours. 

try here....... http://www.cash29.com

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@holmantx 

Snuffer's on Greenville won't last a year.

serious?

it's doing about $35K/month in liquor sales. my guesstiment is it will do about $1.3-1.4 in gross sales this year.

they're making money without a doubt. it will be open for much more than a year.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@holmantx


Imma try and one up you on this:


Daddy had fake leg. Horse name Ralph have three fake leg. Ralph send to Sanatorium to have electric shock therapy...........horse now live in Woodlands, with two kid and three car garage. 


ps-It think that sounds insane enough, right?

gabe48
gabe48

@davidlory davidlory, you are right on, the burgers at Snuffers are sooo good, served on poppyseed buns, cooked to order, and offered in 2 sizes, 1/4 and 1/2 lb.  Their handcut fries dusted with sea salt are amazing.


kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@davidlory


Dude it's Snuffers.....that's like going to Jake's and expecting 1rst class service; it is what it is. Go with it, enjoy it; maybe you shouldn't be in Snuffers? Just sayin.  Are you that overly exaggerated yuppie type I always see summoning the staff with his finger? 


ps-Please atleast leave Snuffers, Jake's and places like that to us....the real people. 



kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

ps-Anyone know who owns that spaceship on the side of the road (FM276) in Royce City; man I'd love to have that. 

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@reneevirdiasy @G_David


my mom is queen of Kenya, you call she send you 1 million dolla to release estate.......can me work in me underwear?


ps-do your classmates step sister by proxy have teath? maybe weigh 500 pound, and live in Ardmore? 


www.dumbass.com/richcountrypeeple

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@kergo1spaceship @holmantx

“Restaurants are high-risk, labor-intensive businesses whose values depend not only on the value of land, building, and equipment, but also on management's ability to operate a food-service establishment.Long hours, ownership aggravation, and volatile business cycles plague restaurateurs and cause high rates of failure.Operating a restaurant is traditionally a high-risk business.  According to statistics, 50% of all restaurants fail within one year of opening.Of those that make it, 33% are closed by the end of year two.  90% close by the end of year five."

Hotels, Motels and Restaurants, Valuations and Market Studies, Stephen Rushmore, Chapter 7, p. 209

davidlory
davidlory

@kergo1spaceship

No, jerkoff...I'm a regular guy who just happens to have 25 years of restaurant experience. I don't expect Snuffers to be "fine dining" but I do expect the bare minimum of someone paying some attention to the table.

And "yuppie"? The 80's wants it's verbiage back, son.

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

@kergo1spaceship That's been there forever.  I remember seeing it there in the mid 1970's when my folks would drive to their property in Wood County.  I think it's rotting from the inside out by now.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@davidlory


Verbiage......so you finished third grade?  BTW, I have 30+ years of resty experience; doesn't mean anything. You seem to be familiar with the "jerkoff" sciences, shitstool. 


Again, asshat, its Snuffers. Yuppie. Hehe.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@anon @kergo1spaceship I just drove past it on the way to Poetry over the 4th of July.  Such a fun little thing to show lil merkin each time we pass by it

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