All American: A Pictorial Essay
Sep 06, 2017 07:51AM ● Published by Audrey Sellers
Step into Big State
Fountain Grill in Irving, and you’ll hear patties sizzling, fountains fizzing
and Elvis crooning on the jukebox. Here, patrons can enjoy all the sights,
sounds and flavors they’ve been enjoying since 1948.
Over the years, the downtown Irving soda shop has become a beloved destination for nostalgic diners. Let’s take a brief look back at Big State Fountain Grill.
The shop began in the 1900s as a haberdashery, which is essentially a men’s outfitter. In 1948, Gus Crassons, Jr. transformed Big State into a drug store. Three years later, Clay Burney was hired as head pharmacist and store manager. He and his wife Jean became part owners of Big State Drug. Fast forward four decades, and the Burneys sold the business to Brian and Stacy Smith in 1992. In 2014, the Smiths closed Big State, devastating many longtime Irving residents, including Rick and Susan Fairless. So the couple bought the business. (They also own the iconic motorcycle destination, Strokers Dallas.)
Journey with us to Big State Fountain Grill in “All American: A Pictorial Essay,” and then go grab a burger and shake:
Big State Fountain Grill
100 E. Irving Boulevard, Irving