Burgers That Transcend Time
Rowlett is one of the smaller suburbs of Dallas, especially when compared to its mammoth neighbor: Garland. It’s a quiet town with a lot of history, but a piece of that history may been lost without a certain saving grace: hamburgers.
Like many Texas burger joints, Big Star Burgers features an order-at-the-counter system and a cozy interior. However, its brick walls aren’t there for a “down-home” feel, they’re there because the restaurant resides in a building that is over a century old.
Big Star was founded by the Shiell family and sits smack-dab in the middle of Rowlett’s downtown Main Street. Opening the restaurant was no easy task, as a complete renovation was necessary to revamp a dilapidated 1904 building into a modern burger dive.
Big Star wasn’t the Shiells’ first shot in the restaurant biz; they owned and operated Crescent City Cafe, a New Orleans themed restaurant, for twenty years. There were several Crescent City restaurants in Dallas, including locations at Deep Ellum and McKinney Avenue. After the Shiells partook in a 10-year restaurant hiatus, Big Star Burgers was born in 2006.
Hand-in-hand with downtown Rowlett’s small town charm, Big Star’s following continues to thrive — but that fan base is set to expand even more. Next December, the DART Rail will give Big Star its own version of a Christmas present: a shiny new Blue Line station right around the corner.
Big Star Burgers is located at 3813 Main Street, Rowlett, TX 75088.
Photos courtesy of the Shiell family.