Patty Caperton- President-elect of the IHS (from left); Susan and Rick Fairless, the new proprietors of Big State; Betty Bessler,Susan Fairless’ mother; and Janice Carroll, President of the IHS.

Patty Caperton- President-elect of the IHS (from left); Susan and Rick Fairless, the new proprietors of Big State; Betty Bessler,Susan Fairless’ mother; and Janice Carroll, President of the IHS.

More than 20 Irving residents gathered at the Heritage House Sunday, June 1, for the Irving Heritage Society’s Annual Meeting and to hear Rick and Susan Fairless’ vision for Big State.

The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, City of Irving and the Irving Heritage Society welcomed new owners of Big State, Rick and his wife, Susan, at the Heritage House in South Irving.

The Fairless’ announced their upcoming plans to remodel and reopen Big State, which include keeping the historic and iconic soda fountain, grill, several menu items and longtime staff members of Big State Drug Store, Leland Hallett and Sheryl Taylor.

Fairless emphasized Big State will be a 50s-themed, family restaurant that will showcase Irving’s history. The Fairless’ plan to incorporate a gift shop and jukebox with 1950’s music.

“Big State has been a cornerstone of Irving since 1948, and it is wonderful to have a sixth generation Irvingite continue the spirit of Big State for future generations,” said Don Williams, director of business and visitor services for the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. “This will become a catalytic project for the redevelopment of Heritage Crossing.”

Rick and Susan plan to have Big State remodeled and reopened in 60 days.

A large group of Irving residents gathered at the Heritage House for the Irving Heritage Society’s meeting  and to hear the new vision for Big State, where Rick Fairless emphasized that this will be a 50s-themed, family restaurant.  Fairless also announced that both Leland Hallett and Sheryl Taylor will be returning to work at the remodeled soda fountain restaurant, which brought a round of applause from the crowd.

A large group of Irving residents gathered at the Heritage House for the Irving Heritage Society’s meeting and to hear the new vision for Big State. Fairless also announced that both Leland Hallett and Sheryl Taylor will be returning to work at the remodeled soda fountain restaurant, which brought a round of applause from the crowd.

For more photos of the welcome event, visit the Irving Chamber’s flickr account.

 

 

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