Texas Walmart to open State Fair of Texas treats restaurant

Texans, let us all take a moment of silence to honor this joyous occasion: Gone are the days when cookie fries and funnel cakes were just an annual treat at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. And it’s because of Walmart.

OCTOBER 10, 2015 - Texas fans, Mark Jacobs, Jennifer Bowland, Billy Jacobs, behind, and Ryan Jacobs, left to right, enjoy a famous Fletcher's corndog in front "Big Texas" at the State Fair of Texas before the start of the Big 12 conference game between Texas and Oklahoma held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tx., on Saturday, October 10, 2015. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

OCTOBER 10, 2015 – Texas fans, Mark Jacobs, Jennifer Bowland, Billy Jacobs, behind, and Ryan Jacobs, left to right, enjoy a famous Fletcher’s corndog in front “Big Texas” at the State Fair of Texas before the start of the Big 12 conference game between Texas and Oklahoma held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tx., on Saturday, October 10, 2015. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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The Dallas Morning News reported this week that a Walmart in Plano will open a year-long restaurant inside the store called State Fair Treats on Sept. 20. The first in a region-wide expansion, the restaurant will be run by State Fair fixture Isaac Rousso.

Related: What fried creations might you see at the State Fair of Texas?

The Big Tex Choice Award winner’s new diner will feature a 45-item menu “celebrating the treats families enjoy ever year when they make an annual pilgrimage to the fair.” Rousso plans to serve fair foods like cookie fries, funnel cake fries, corn dogs, deep-fried hash browns stuffed with bacon and cheddar cheese and more.

Read the full story of how Walmart and Rousso’s new relationship got its start.

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