If there’s one thing Dallas 500 CEO Larry Young knows, it’s a good brand. As president and CEO of Dr Pepper Snapple Group, he leads a team of 19,000 passionate employees who make, market, sell, and distribute more than 50 iconic beverage brands across North America and the Caribbean. In his nearly 40-year career in the industry, he has produced and sold virtually every type of beverage in the Americas and across Europe and Russia. When he sees something that works, he sticks with it. And that’s exactly how he has felt about Bob’s since the first time he ate there when he and his wife, Collette, moved to Dallas in 2005. Whether it’s an evening out with his wife or entertaining clients after work, you can find him at Bob’s Steak & Chop House at least once a week. That’s why taking recommendations from him on what to order isn’t a bad idea. He’s a pro.
Describe your first Bob’s dining experience. Is this when you became “hooked?”
Bob’s on Lemmon was the first restaurant I ate at when I moved to Dallas in 2005. I’ve always loved a great steak, and I was not disappointed. It became my main place to entertain customers. Now I eat at the Bob’s in Plano because it is close to my office.
Carrot or no carrot?
For me, no carrot.
Do you indulge in the big jar of sour balls at Bob’s? Do you take any? Favorite flavor?
I have, but I’m not a big candy person. I don’t want anything that takes away from the steak taste.
How often do you eat at Bob’s?
At least once a week.
Do you have a favorite table or area, and if so, which one?
Most of the time, I eat at the bar.
What’s your standard drink order?
Kettle One on the rocks and Joseph Phelps Insignia with my steak.
The pickles and peppers in the middle of the table…have you ever tried them?
Yes, and I love them. I can eat the entire jar.
Do you have a favorite server?
Debra is always my server, and she doesn’t even give me a menu. She knows exactly what I like to eat.
Do you usually go to Bob’s for business, personal reasons – or both?
Both. My team and I stop at least once a week after work. We entertain our customers at Bob’s and have our board of directors dinners there.
Do you ever dine at the bar and meet other regulars?
I’ve met some really great friends at Bob’s. It is a great watering hole after work.
What is it about Bob’s that makes you feel comfortable and keeps you coming back?
It feels like you are with family and eating at home. It’s like Cheers. Everyone knows your name. Silvio, the general manager, runs a first-class place.
And finally….the steak. What’s your usual order?
Bone-in ribeye, medium rare when dining. Fried shrimp, lamb chops, and onion rings when at bar.