At the very end of June, a television crew of about 30 people from the Discovery Channel pulled into Mr. Frosty’s Drive-In.
They came for more than a root beer float.
The producers of Discovery’s car restoration series Fast N’ Loud were looking for an old-fashioned site to shoot an episode for this fall’s season. The program features mechanics from Dallas’ “Gas Monkey Garage” finding and refurbishing broken-down cars.
According to Chris Williams, a crew director:
“We choose Frosty’s because we were fixing up a 1950s hot rod and so we needed a 1950s malt shop location.”
After a quick Google search for 50’s style restaurants in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Mr. Frosty’s Drive-In caught the eye of the producers, said co-owner Patrick Webb.
“We looked at a couple other locations in Dallas, but none of the others were what we were looking for. Mr. Frosty’s fit perfectly,” Williams said.
“They came to us after looking at a couple of restaurants,” Webb said. “I guess ours looked the most legitimate.”
The evening was fun for employees too. The Discovery crew brought in a car from the 50’s hot-rod (we agreed not to divulge the make and model) with which employees were allowed to hop in and take pictures.
“They were all really down to earth,” said Mr. Frosty’s co-owner Randy Webb. “We lit the place up and fed the crew.”
“At one point in the evening, K.C. (a painter for Gas Monkey Garage) came back into the kitchen, put on one of those Duncan Donuts hats, and cooked a burger himself,” Patrick Webb said, laughing. “So it was a lot of fun.”
– George Joseph