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Meet the Millennial Behind ’50s Style Restaurant ‘Big Earl’s Greasy Eats’

Posted at 4:51 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 18:53:05-05

Along Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek, Ariz. is what used to be the last stop for gas for families and mariners heading out to Bartlett Lake. 

The former Standard Oil Gas Station used to service cars near Sunnyslope in Phoenix in the 1930s, dishing up gas for about 19 cents a gallon. In the 1950s, the would-be-historic station was moved to Cave Creek for the same purpose. 

Decades later, the spirit of the ’50s remains alive in the form of Big Earl’s Greasy Eats. The old gas pumps are now the centerpiece to the last Standard Oil Gas Station left standing in Arizona. 

At the helm, a 28-year-old Big Earl’s veteran, Brooke Dallas. 

“I worked here and all the customers became such family and I knew I wanted to own it,” said Dallas. 

Dallas bought Big Earl’s Greasy Eats while still an employee. She now co-owns the restaurant with her husband, Collin.

“Technically, I am the co-owner, but this is what she was doing before she met me. So I’m not going to get in her way,” said Collin. 

With ’50s music playing on repeat, there are no signs of Big Earl’s changing with the times. 

“I knew I’d keep the legacy going,” said Brooke. “It’s such a staple to customers and locals who live here so I’ll never change it.”

Feature food items include deep-fried french toast, the Cave Creek BBQ Burger (onion rings, bacon, bbq sauce), and adult milkshakes that you should not take lightly. 

Big Earl’s Greasy Eats is located at 6135 E. Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek.