Landmark restaurant Big State Fountain Grill closed in Irving after nearly 75 years

Historic Irving restaurant Big State Fountain Grill served its last milkshakes and cheeseburgers on Nov. 26, 2022. It was nearly 75 years old, and ...

November 29, 2022
5:14 PM

Historic Irving restaurant Big State Fountain Grill served its last milkshakes and cheeseburgers on Nov. 26, 2022. It was nearly 75 years old, and its history dates back to the late 1940s. 'When you're the operator, you feel responsible, not only for the partners losing their money but the community losing a huge iconic spot there in the heart of the Heritage District,' says managing operator David Cole, a lifelong Irving resident. Cole, who co-owns the pizza company i Fratelli, helped a group of friends purchase the soda fountain in December 2020.

Sarah Blaskovich