Taking Care of Business: Chicken fried news

By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, January 20, 2018

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I’m here to wreck your chicken dreams.

For months, maybe a year or longer, it’s been rumored that Babe’s Chicken Dinner house is opening a Decatur location.

That’s not true.

Kristen Tribe

Kristen Tribe

Joe Vinyard of Sweetie Pie’s Ribeyes in Decatur confirmed Friday it’s simply a rumor. Sweetie Pie’s and Babe’s are owned by the Vinyard family.

Joe said he was approached about moving Sweetie Pie’s to the old Frilly’s location on U.S. 81/287 and putting Babe’s in at the Decatur square site, but that wasn’t a viable option for the company.

“With Sanger 35 miles away and our Roanoke location about the same distance, we don’t want to compete with our existing restaurants,” he said. “We love Decatur, but we’re happy with Sweetie Pie’s right where it is.”

Although they’re not opening a Babe’s in Decatur, they are opening a new one in North Richland Hills. Vinyard said they just poured the slab at the corner of Rufe Snow and Loop 820. A Sweetie Pie’s will also be built on that site, which is a 6-acre location.

Vinyard said a lot of NRH folks are visiting Sweetie Pie’s in Decatur to preview what will soon be in their own backyard.

“They’re excited to have a steakhouse,” he said.


For those pining for poultry, did you notice: we still don’t have a Chick-Fil-A.

Not to brag, but I ate at one last week in Fort Worth. I had a No. 1. (Don’t be jealous.)

So in the spirit of our chicken needs not being met, the countdown continues.

Days Without Chick-Fil-A (starting in 2018) – 19.


Pilgrim Bank in Decatur recently announced two recent promotions – Linda Evans to lobby services officer and Amanda Garcia to personal banking officer.

According to a press release, the promotions were approved by the board of directors at their December meeting.

Evans has 20 years of banking experience, and during that time has worked in customer service, new accounts, lending, loan operations and retail banking.

Garcia began her banking career in 2010 as a teller. In 2013, she became a loan assistant. She moved to the position of corporate banking specialist in 2015.

Pilgrim Bank was chartered in 1911 in Pittsburg. The Decatur location is one of 16 across Northeast Texas, North Central Texas and the Panhandle. It’s at 1405 Business 380.

Kristen Tribe is the Messenger’s assistant publisher. If you have a submission for Taking Care of Business, email

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