Houstonians will get a new place to kick up their heels when The Rustic opens in downtown Houston next summer. The down-home dining concept and concert venue, which launched in Dallas in October 2013, will offer Texas eats and live music seven days a week. Expect to see such artists as the Josh Abbott Band, Brothers Osborne, and Salt-N-Pepa hit the stage.
Located at 1836 Polk Street, next to the George R. Brown Convention Center, the massive 25,000-square-foot Houston outpost will feature homestyle dishes and smoked meats, from beer-can hen with jalapeno bread to slow-cooked carnitas with orange peel, while the bar will serve up classic and creative cocktails, 40 beers on tap with a Texas leaning, and an extensive roster of wines.
The outdoor stage, complete with a VIP area on either side, will be situated on a sprawling backyard patio. The casual space will also feature a retractable roof and an Uber Lounge.
It all comes together under the direction of Kyle Noonan, Josh Sepkowitz, and Texas country singer Pat Green, who occasionally headlines the bill at the Dallas venue. Noonan and Sepkowitz own FreeRange Concepts, which operates The Rustic, and Bowl & Barrel and The General Public in Houston's CityCentre.
Of the H-Town locale, the third location of The Rustic (a second opens in San Antonio this summer), Noonan said in a press release, “It’s been a long time coming, and I can’t wait to introduce my hometown of Houston to our one-of-a-kind concept!"
The Rustic joins a list of recent restaurant openings at Avenida Houston, the new entertainment district near the George R. Brown Convention Center, including Xochi and Grotto Downtown.
Here's a video on The Rustic from our new partners at ABC13.