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No Frills Grill
No Frills Grill
4914 Little Road
Arlington,TX 76017
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In 1990 a man named Mark Wright wanted to open a small bar and restaurant in south Arlington. Mark being one of the owners of the Lone Star Oyster Bar chain had a great deal of experience in openings. He decided to open a place called No Frills Grill. Mark started out with a small bar and restaurant that was only 20 feet wide and 70 feet long. An old sandwich counter was converted into a bar just big enough to seat 10 people. The floors were concrete as they still are today. Mark covered the ceilings with sheets of tin that had once been trailer house skirting and those are still covering the original ceiling. The walls were painted with everything from a pack of Lucky Strikes to beach scenes. He also hung just about anything he could find on the walls from a Jack-a-Lope to a picture of three Hispanic men. Many of these items still hang on the walls of the original portion of the restaurant. After just a few months Mark expanded into the space next door. A room was cut out for a couple of pool tables and dart machines. Then a patio was created in the back. Staying with the No Frills theme some posts were put out there and an old Army Surplus Parachute hung over it. The tables had rolls of paper towels and paper bag menus, much like today. After about a year in business Mark sold No Frills to Bill and Lynetta Thomas. Bill and Lynetta took over and began by adding more televisions in the dinning room and poolroom. They added the first satellite system and began turning No Frills into more of a sports bar. They also continued to become more and more of a neighborhood icon. After about three years Bill and Lynetta were ready for a change. Lynette's family had founded Taco Casa, so they decided to move to Kerrville and open their own Taco Casa. In January of 1995 they sold No Frills to Gregg and Nancy Wilkinson and moved to Kerrville, where they still are today. Gregg and Nancy started by getting to know everyone they could in the neighborhood. Then they began expanding No Frills by adding more televisions, more satellites, and much more room. In November of 1995, 1800 square feet was added, along with 30 more televisions, 10 satellites, NTN Trivia and a lot more sports action. In April 2001 the once open air patio was greatly enlarged and enclosed, this gave a perfect area for large private parties. The menu was not left behind, just like everything else; it was expanded more and more each year, adding many new entrées. No Frills is about to undergo additional renovations in the up coming weeks, adding even more enjoyment for our customers. During the continual remodel of No Frills at Little Rd. and I-20, Gregg and Nancy opened a new location at Eastchase Pkwy and I-30, in March 2000. The location was laid out with 45 televisions, 10 satellites, and NTN Trivia, pool tables, darts, shuffleboard, and decorated with sports memorabilia and beer neon's, much like the original location. The menu is the same, with over 50 entrées. More importantly the entertainment is the same great sports action shown 7 days a week. We have a full service bar, as well as large smoking and non-smoking areas. David Lovelace is the General Manager and the person most responsible for the inspiration to open this location. He has been with No Frills since 1991 and was the General Manager at the Little Rd. location for 5 years before he took over this location. In the beginning of 2001 Deana and Eric Allen approached Gregg and Nancy about a location they had found in Sanger, Texas, about 6 miles north of Denton. It was a large stand-alone building, nothing like the other two locations. The building is very large with 20-foot ceilings and big open rooms. They formed a partnership and opened the third location on July 28, 2001. In order to keep with the No Frills theme over 50 televisions were installed, 10 satellite systems, NTN Trivia, pool tables, foosball, darts, pinball, etc. It also has a large smoking and non-smoking section. The large menu is the same as the other locations with over 50 entrées and appetizers. The walls have sports decorations and beer neon's on them. The tables have paper towels and paper menus. Deana and Eric operate this location. They have been around the restaurant business for over 15 years. Deana worked for the original No Frills for over 8 years before she and Eric began operations in Sanger.
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