Heights Park residents the Galvans — Kevin, Jenny, Kallie and Lindsey — and Maddie Moo, the mascot of Haystack Burgers and Barley.

Heights Park residents the Galvans — Kevin, Jenny, Kallie and Lindsey — and Maddie Moo, the mascot of Haystack Burgers and Barley.

Editor’s note: The following is the first in a series of features on local restaurants and shops.

burger-haymakerSeveral great restaurants and shops surround Heights Park. Many of them are family-owned, providing us the opportunity to dine with neighbors in our neighborhood. One such restaurant is Haystack Burgers and Barley in the Richardson Heights Shopping Center.

Heights Park residents Kevin and Jenny Galvan opened Haystack in April 2013. Kevin’s family has generations of restaurant owners. The Galvans had a vision: a different kind of fast casual restaurant with amazing fresh burgers and fries. They decided to open a burger joint in Richardson because everyone loves a good burger and it’s something people will eat more than once a week.

They wanted to open their business in the neighborhood they love and have lived in for almost 15 years while raising their two daughters, Kallie and Lindsey. They saw a need in the neighborhood, and they went for their dream!

Lindsey came up with the name Haystack after driving by a field of hay bales one day. The name stuck, and they eventually added “Burgers and Barley” on to the name to begin their journey.

Jenny and Kevin ran many of their ideas on restaurant décor past Kallie, who has impeccable taste and is always happy to offer a helpful opinion. They could not be happier with the look and feel of Haystack.

Some of the items neighbors have enjoyed, besides one of Richardson’s best burger, are the fried pickles and the Haymaker — a unique frozen drink made with orange juice, lemonade, iced tea, Maker’s Mark bourbon and an orange slice on top. When Kevin and Jenny first developed the recipe, they went door-to-door to their neighbors on Winchester to see what changes needed to be made. Feedback from residents of the 600 block of Winchester tweaked it to what it is today!

Haystack is family-owned and they make each customer feel as if they are a part of the family. Grab a neighbor and check it out!

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