Crystal’s Pizza & Spaghetti in Irving

???? - 2013


930 W Airport Fwy, Irving, Texas 75062

(972) 579-0441

Description — Permanently Closed

In 1972 entreprenuer and artist Bill Waugh transformed an Abilene chicken restaurant into a pizza parlour that would eventually become Crystal’s Pizza and Spaghetti.1 The Irving location opened in 1978.2

Crystal’s was a remarkable eating experience incorporating elements that would later be adopted in other food and entertainment venues: a large pizza buffet, an arcade with a token/ticket/prize system (including a “ticket eater”), rides for the little kids, and a cartoon theater where you could watch while you enjoyed your meal.3

Unfortunately, the Irving location of Crystal’s Pizza & Spaghetti closed in February 2013.3



  1. Is Crystal’s Pizza & Spaghetti in Irving really gone?
    Yes, it really is.
  2. It’s permanently closed?
    Yes. Sorry.
  3. Do you understand my pain right now?
    Just try to remember the good times.


  • 2013 February 15

    The magic ends as Crystal’s in Irving closes after 35 years
    • “The magic ends as Crystal’s in Irving closes after 35 years”
    • Dallas Morning News
    • Feb 15, 2013
  • 1978 April 30

    Working mornings and noons in beautiful, exciting atmosphere making people happy.
  • 1978 April 26

    You must be hired no later than May 15, 1978 to receive a Free Pass.