Richard Rawlings

Richard Rawlings, of Gas Monkey Garage and star of Discovery Channel's "Fast N' Loud," is seen outside for his restaurant during its grand opening Thursday in Harker Heights.

HARKER HEIGHTS — Hundreds of patrons gathered outside the Richard Rawlings’ Garage restaurant Wednesday evening awaiting the arrival of the Gas Monkey Garage owner himself.

Rawlings and his crew were on hand to film for his show “Fast ‘N Loud” the ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of his newest business venture.

The Garage serves up American cuisine, which Rawlings’ describes as “revved-up comfort food,” and provides a fun atmosphere for the family.

“This is where you want to be,” said Rawlings, describing the Garage. “I am very humbled and blessed to able to open this place.”

Rawlings said he built the Garage out of passion — a way to give back to members of the military, their families and the many people who travel through the Fort Hood area.

“I couldn’t do what I do without the freedom I have, which comes from our members of the military,” he said.

Fans of the show had great things to say about Rawlings and what it meant to him build the restaurant here.

“I appreciate that (Rawlings) recognizes us in the military,” said Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Justin Mandeville, who is stationed at Fort Hood.

Mandeville said the Garage was a welcome addition to the town, bringing with it a new flavor of food.

“My favorite meal so far is The Pit Master burger,” said Mandeville. “I would recommend it for sure.”

Newlyweds Jerry and Janice Maddox heard about the grand opening while vacationing and couldn’t wait to stop by on their way to visit the Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas.

“The food is amazing, and we love the show,” Jerry Maddox said. “Getting to visit (the Garage) has been the best part of the trip.”

Rawlings said no plans are set, but he would love to have additional area Garage locations in the future.

For the Garage hours of operation and menu, go towww.richardrawlingsgarage.com/.

This segment of the filming for “Fast ‘N Loud” is scheduled to air early 2017.

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