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Trail Dust Steak House and its Iconic Slide

Trail Dust Steak House was different.

Yes, there was steak, but there also was an enormous dance floor, a stage for a live band, ties on the wall that had been cut from customer’s necks and, of course, what restaurant is complete without a slide?

Jared Guynes grew up going to the Mesquite location, now closed, and last month posted a photo from one of the restaurants on Facebook. It brought back a flood of nostalgia

“In the 90s going in there, this place was just popping. They were seating people downstairs, they were seating people upstairs," he said. “There’d be live bands playing, they had a big stage and they had this just terrific slide that went from the second floor to the first."

“There was something really special about the Mesquite Trail Dust because it was adjacent to the rodeo, and this is Mesquite World Championship Rodeo," he continued. "It was the Super Bowl of rodeos, and this is about as country-western as you can get.”

Guynes wasn’t alone in remembering Trail Dust fondly. His post on the Memories of Mesquite page was shared more than 3,000 times on Facebook and elicited comments from dozens who made memories at various locations of the small chain — from a woman whose first job was working as the “slide monitor” to members of various Mesquite high school bands who went there before or after competitions or parades.

One commenter even said she broke her leg on the slide in 1986.

Yet, the sliding went on. Guynes said he would wear his finest windsuit to get the maximum possible velocity on the restaurant’s trademark slide, which media reports at the time claimed was 30 feet long.

"If you were about the correct height and weight and had the right material, you could slide down probably about 30 miles an hour and go clean across the dance floor. You’ll hear people tell stories of making it clear across the dance floor and even hitting tables or going underneath because you got so much speed.“This wasn’t something that was made with safety in mind.”

While some commenters remember going to Trail Dust after church every Sunday or as part of their Saturday night rituals, Guynes said his family went only once in a while, heightening the excitement.

“I don’t know if we’ve changed culturally or I changed professionally or what, but growing up, going out to eat was a special occasion,” he said. “Maybe now we eat out a lot more or do takeout and delivery a lot more.

"We would definitely go for like a birthday or some sort of celebration or an occasion.”

Although Trail Dust closed nearly a decade ago, its legacy lives on. “The Ghost of the Trail Dust Slide” is a location you can check into on location-based apps like Foursquare or Untappd.

Guynes, who lives in Rockwall and has two children, isn’t so sure the steakhouse couldn’t make a comeback.

“I wish it was still around because I think a family-centric steakhouse would do really well in today’s market,” he said. “They were maybe a little ahead of the game. I think if they were to come back now with the same concept, there’d be a line out the door."

Make sure you have your windsuits ready.

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