Old-fashioned pharmacy and soda fountain Big State Drug sadly shuttered last month after an incredible 66 years in business, but thanks to a couple local bar owners, it will soon be revived. According to CBS DFW, the owners of popular biker bar Strokers Ice House are taking over and plan to reopen it "as a '50s-era soda fountain and grill," minus the pharmacy element.
Strokers owners Rick and Susan Fairless are "life-long Irving residents" and were regulars at Big State, says CBS DFW; they plan to keep many elements of the original BSD intact, including the iconic neon sign, a few of the long-time employees and much of the menu like burgers, grilled cheeses and milkshakes. Additions will include a snow cone stand, fried bologna sandwiches, "a jukebox filled with '50s and '60s tunes" and a candy shop. No word yet on when they plan to reopen.
[Photo: Big State Drug/Facebook]