Drag show restaurant Hamburger Mary’s is expected to open in Dallas on June 1, just in time for Pride Weekend.
The restaurant was founded in San Francisco in 1972 and has expanded to more than a dozen cities, including Denver, Houston, Kansas City and Las Vegas. Dallas had its own campy Hamburger Mary’s on Lemmon Avenue in the 2000s, but it closed.
This new Hamburger Mary’s, which will be for ages 21 and up, on Cedar Springs Road comes from franchisee Arthur Hood. It is not affiliated with the former Hamburger Mary’s in Dallas. Hood’s team has picked drag queen Liquor Mini, or Danny Lee Cabrera, to organize nightly events such as karaoke, trivia, bingo and drag “dining with the divas” performances.
Dallas already has a strong LGBTQ-friendly neighborhood, says Tanner Roberts, food and beverage director for HV Entertainment, the franchise group opening the self-described “flamboyant” restaurant in North Texas. But the opening of Hamburger Mary’s lands in the middle of a contentious time in Texas politics involving drag queens and transgender youth. Franchisee Hood has lobbied for their rights at the capitol.
Roberts says that Cedar Springs Road is “the central hub for gay nightlife in the city.”
Restaurant operators describe Hamburger Mary’s as “a safe haven for both employees and customers alike in the LGBTQIA+ community.”
HV Entertainment’s execs wanted to open Hamburger Mary’s a few years ago, but the COVID-19 pandemic paused plans. By January 2023, the big wheels were turnin’ to get proud Mary’s burnin’ — again — in Dallas.
As the name suggests, burgers are a big part of the restaurant’s menu. Options include the Mac Daddy, a burger with macaroni and cheese; and the Proud Mary, a double-double with grilled onions, pineapples, bacon, mushroom, lettuce, tomato and pickles, whoa!
Hamburger Mary’s will be at 4123 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas. It’s expected to open June 1, 2023. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight. The restaurant will be 21+.