“We want to look like Dallas. Dallas is nice design, clean looks. Our food is more Southern; it’s Fort Worth,” said Brian Gasperson, co-owner of 1845 Taste Texas. “We feel that Dallas is Texas but obviously Fort Worth is true country.”
Marty Bryan, Gasperson and Alan Mann opened 1845 Taste Texas at Lakeside DFW in June 2020. The restaurant’s name is a tribute to the year 1845, when Texas received statehood.
The three Texas natives’ pride in the Lone Star State is seen throughout the steakhouse, from the Texas-inspired dishes, music played exclusively by Texan artists and Texas-inspired decor.
“I was born here in Flower Mound,” Gasperson said. “[Mann] is all city; I’m in the middle; and then Marty is all country.”
Gasperson said the restaurant offers elevated service. 1845 Taste Texas may not necessarily look like fine dining, but it feels like fine dining.The menu—described as “Texas favorites with a modern, eclectic flair”—is curated with uniquely Texan dishes such as Lockhart fried quail, calf fries and its pecan-candied bacon chicken sandwich.
“My personal favorite [drink], I’m a little biased, is the BG Margarita, that’s the Brian Gasperson margarita,” he said.
The restaurant’s best seller is the filet steak, but Mann said the smoked pork chop is 1845 Taste Texas’ best item. The 30-ounce pork chop is finished over an open flame and glazed with spicy plum sauce.
Because of its location, the owners said the restaurant draws people from all over the metroplex, whether it is for a nice dinner, business meetings or large celebrations such as anniversaries and graduation. It also offers private banquet rooms that can be used to celebrate any occasion.
The trio collectively own multiple restaurants in Flower Mound and nearby communities. Bryan is the sole proprietor of Marty B’s, a barbecue restaurant located in Bartonville. The trio also owns Rustico, another Flower Mound restaurant.
Marty B’s opened in 2017, followed by Rustico two years later in 2019. Marty B’s Coffee Co., Bryan’s latest business venture, is located in Bartonville and opened July 7.
The group has no intentions of slowing down. Gasperson and Mann said the trio plans to open a fifth business in the next year or so, and they are also eyeing locations for the next 1845 Taste Texas.
1845 Taste Texas
2401 Lakeside Parkway, Ste. 150, Flower Mound
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 4-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 4-11 p.m., Sun. 4-9 p.m.