We were lucky to catch up with David Thomas recently and have shared our conversation below.
David, appreciate you joining us today. What’s something crazy on unexpected that’s happened to you or your business? By far, the craziest story I have to offer regarding business here at Savorite is our feature on HBO’s hard knocks Dallas Cowboys, this season. Talk about a surreal experience, that almost didn’t happen lol.
Serving Up Soul: HBO’s visit to this Plano restaurant jump-started business. David Thomas thought he was being pranked. The owner of Savorite Southern Cuisine had just received a phone call from HBO’s annual NFL reality series Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Dallas Cowboys saying the show’s team wanted to visit Thomas’ restaurant to film a segment with Cowboys running back JaQuan Harvey and linebacker Anthony Hines.
The fourth episode of the HBO sports documentary Hard Knocks featuring the Dallas Cowboys premiered earlier this week. It's the tail end of training camp and the pressure is on for a few players to make the final cut, including JaQuan Hardy, a 5’-10” 225-pound running back from Ohio. After the player ahead of him in the pecking order gets sidelined with a season-ending injury, he's encouraged to “Grasp the opportunity,” by the coaching staff.
Today we’d like to introduce you to David Thomas. David, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. Born and raised in Cleveland, OH. After completing my degree in food service/restaurant management, my family and I relocated to DFW in 2014. My aim upon relocation was to always open my restaurant here in Dallas, just needed a little time learn about our new surroundings.
Traditional soul food finds a home in Plano at Savorite Southern Cuisine. When David Thomas moved to Plano from Cleveland, Ohio, he expected soul food to be on every corner. “I’ve always been big on Southern cuisine, and living up north, you know, I just expected it to be more—like, these places would be like McDonald’s around here,” Thomas said. After five years in Texas, Thomas began searching for a space to open a new restaurant. He had owned a sports bar back home, he said.