Motorcycle Racer Ben Spies Opens Stackhouse Burgers in Dallas

Patio view from Stackhouse Burgers on Gaston.
Ben Spies: racer and restaurateur.

Last week, Gumshoe Gubbins reported the opening of Stackhouse Burgers in an old house on Gaston near Baylor. She spoke with Randy Kienast, one of the owners, and he told her all about the burger-based menu which will be cooked by James Rose, who was formerly at Bob’s Steak & Chop House. Kienast’s partner in the deal is his best buddy Ben Spies. Who is Ben Spies? I asked the question and got more than I could handle. I know nothing about motorcycle racing, but apparently Ben Spies is a big deal in MotoGP racing. (He is one of the top five. Bonus points if you can name the other four.) Here is a cut and paste bio:

If you’re a MotoGP fan, you already know that Ben scored his first victory in that series in June, riding for Yamaha at the Dutch TT. And that he was named 2010 Rookie of the Year after his sixth-place finish in the championship.If you’re a World Superbike fan, you know that he won that championship in 2009 (along with a record number of poles) competing on tracks he’d never seen before.

Spies owns several properties in Dallas, including a ranch and a place at the W Hotel. He is also an investor in Kenichi Dallas. Kienast says the restaurant is taking shape and will open “very soon.”

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