Our Story

The short version:
We make happiness in a cup.

The not-so-short version:
There’s an abundance of establishments you can go to if you just want a beverage. But if you’re looking to awaken your senses, connect with others and put a smile on your face, Fat Straws is the place. And we do it with the brilliance of bubbles.

But these are no ordinary bubbles. In fact, they’re not really bubbles at all. They’re chewy, bouncy balls of tapioca that swim and swirl in your cup to create a playful, tasty drink called bubble tea. This unique milk tea and tapioca combination is a worldwide sensation that began in Taiwan in the 1980s, spread to LA and NY, and found its way to the DFW area with the creation of Fat Straws. And of course, to suck up these lively bubbles, folks need…you guessed it…fat straws.

And because it’s no fun having just one kind of drink, we offer much more than our famous bubble tea. Each day, we serve up a variety of delicious hand-crafted beverages, from classic teas to fruit smoothies and slushes. And each day, our Fat Straws fans keep coming back.

The story behind our story

As a child of Vietnamese immigrants, Terry Pham grew up around his grandmother and her ritual of drinking tea.

He also spent countless hours helping his mother manage 7-Eleven stores. So when the dot-com bubble burst Terry’s IT career, it was only fitting he went back to his roots, ironically, to launch a new career with another bubble.

Terry and his wife, Jennifer, opened the first Fat Straws in 2002, which despite a challenging economic climate has grown 15%-20% each year. In 2007, Fat Straws launched its second store in north Dallas. Even the 2008 recession didn’t slow Fat Straws’ continued growth, due in part to Terry’s focus on quality control, outstanding service, community-based marketing and an emphasis on strong relationships–with customers and employees.

Today, Fat Straws is looking to expand across the DFW area and bring “happiness in a cup” to even more thirsty customers.