As the story goes, when restaurateur Dick Chase founded a fine-dining restaurant in Dallas in 1985, he was met with perfect disaster. The restaurant’s flop led quickly to bankruptcy and to an abandonment of the fine dining approach in favor of something sloppier. Dick’s Last Resort, the chain now owned by Deja Vu and famous for its obnoxious staff, was born. It has since grown to include thirteen locations all over the United States.
“It was 1985,” reads the Dick’s Last Resort website’s Meet Dick page. “Leg warmers and mullets were the rage. Dick was hard up. His big league plans had failed and opening a laid-back bar full of attitude was all he could muster up the strength to do. Dick’s was really his last resort.”
Dick’s already has one Florida location in Panama City Beach, and according to a recently filed plan review, another looks to be on the way. The paperwork shows a Dick’s Last Resort opening at 17 S Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.
The Dick’s menu of “Grub & Booze” features finger foods like BBQ Nachos Spinach and Kale Artichoke Dip, along with entrees like Grilled Salmon, a New York Strip, and Country Fried Steak. Also on offer is a Bacon Cheddar Burger and Dick’s Big Pig, a pulled pork sandwich topped with Carolina BBQ sauce and slaw.
On the booze side, Dick’s offers plenty of beer, cocktails like the Strawberry Margarita and the American Mule, and Boozy Milkshakes in varieties like Caramel Bourbon and Strawberry Shortcake.
What Now reached out on Monday to Dick’s Last Resort brand president Joe Hartsock to inquire about a planned Fort Lauderdale location. Hartsock was not immediately available for comment.