The North Richland Hills City Council has given approval for Babe's Chicken Dinner House and Sweetie Pie's Ribeyes to be built on Loop 820, just east of Rufe Snow Drive, at the former library and recreation center site. Construction is expected to begin in 2017. Babe's is a family style and family owned restaurant with 9 locations in DFW and is ranked by Zagat as the most popular restaurant in the Metroplex. Sweetie Pies, which is owned by the same family, is a steakhouse with one location currently in Decatur. It was recently featured in Texas Highways magazine. The restaurant is known not only for its steaks, but for its baked potatoes and pot pies. The addition of these restaurants furthers the redevelopment efforts along our Loop 820 corridor. It also addresses a primary request from recent citizen surveys for more quality, sit-down restaurants in our community.