Openings and Closings

Opening Soon in the Design District: A Barbecue Joint With a 50-Foot-Tall Ferris Wheel

Yes, you can ride this 50-foot-tall Ferris wheel on Ferris Wheelers' 7,000-square-foot patio.
Yes, you can ride this 50-foot-tall Ferris wheel on Ferris Wheelers' 7,000-square-foot patio. Courtsy of Ferris Wheelers
Dallas is about to get a new barbecue joint, and this one comes with a twist: a 7,000-square-foot patio complete with a 50-foot Ferris wheel that you can ride after filling up on barbecue.

Ferris Wheelers Backyard BBQ opens later this month at 1950 Market Center Blvd. The massive new restaurant comes from This & That Concepts, which also owns Parlay, High Fives, Tiny Victories and Whipper Snapper. This & That originally tapped former Wayward Sons chef and owner Graham Dodds to run Ferris Wheelers, but instead, he's running the culinary program at the renovated Statler. Doug Pickering is Ferris Wheelers' head pitmaster.

On the menu, you can expect "Texas staples such as brisket, ribs, house-made sausage, honey-brined smoked turkey breast and Carolina-style pork shoulder," according to a press release. "The Southern-influenced sides include smoked BBQ beans, smoked green beans, BBQ mac & cheese, jalapeño bacon cole slaw and Southwestern potato salad."

Don't expect just Texas-style barbecue at this new spot, which is "drawing on influences from Kansas City, Memphis, Texas and beyond," according to the release. It continues:

“I left Wall Street to pursue my passion for BBQ, and I can guarantee that you’ll be served the highest quality, best-tasting meats possible,” said Pickering, owner of the award-winning DWP BBQ brand. “I use post oak wood and an offset wood-fired rotisserie smoker to ensure a taste of Texas in every bite. I’m a Dallas native and SMU grad so, as you can imagine, I’m a huge fan of the area and I can’t think of a more amazing platform for showcasing my own particular style of BBQ than Ferris Wheelers!”
The huge patio will have a stage for live music, along with games like Jenga, washers,  oversized Kerplunk, checkers and chess.

The restaurant is hiring for its team of 30 to 40 people, and interested parties can apply in person at the restaurant between between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sept. 11-15 or send resumes to [email protected] Kitchen employment inquiries should be directed to [email protected]
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