The Original Chop House Burgers is Moving Back Home

I’ll never forget the exact moment when I looked for 2 inch wood screws at Ace Hardware on Park Row in Arlington and smelled something. The automatic doors had burst open, allowing a gust of wind to rush through the shop. The smell was red meat kissed by the fire. There was a sign across the street for a new burger joint.

Chop House Burgers is owned by longtime Dallas-based chef Kenny Mills. Its thick, brisket-laden patties and hefty toppings were an instant hit. Soon Guy Fieri was rolling in from diners, drive-ins and dives and of course the queues were in front of the door.

Mills expanded his space to cater to the crowds, but a few years later he moved down the street to a larger room where he had opened a steakhouse. He closed the steakhouse and made the new Chop House Burgers out of it. This property, although only two miles down the road, did not have the same crowds as the original site. He finally sold that space.

In 2019, Mills opened a third location, Original Chop House Burgers, on Little Road, Arlington, where he has been operating ever since.

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Bud Kennedy of Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported earlier this week that Mills is returning to its original location on Park Row across from the Ace Hardware Store. A Mexican restaurant, Salsa Joe’s, was last at this location but closed this June and never reopen.

Mills said he was glad to be back at his old meeting place. “It seems like a good place for us. In fact, it was our best location, ”he said.

It hopes to open early next year. He says the menu will mostly stay the same, but he adds beer and wine. With a bit of humor, Mills created a t-shirt in the style of a world tour with all the places his restaurant has called home.