rip at the ranch
Yellowstone star kicks back at Ben Berg's Ranch Saloon + Steakhouse in exclusive Rodeo meet and greet
Leave it to Ben Berg to once again bring the heat on whole new level at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. The Houston restaurateur with the Midas touch managed to lasso one of the TV's biggest stars to hang at The Ranch Saloon + Steakhouse, his palatial steakhouse/hot spot on Rodeo grounds.
Hundreds of Houstonians packed The Ranch Saloon + Steakhouse yesterday for two-day VIP meet-and-greet with the star of the smash show Yellowstone, Cole Hauser — many know him as burly tough guy Rip Wheeler on the show.
Host and auctioneer Pat Tully led the Q&A, where fans learned more about the candid star, who is a descendant of Harry Warner, founding partner of Warner Bros. studios. Hauser dished on life on the Paramount powerhouse hit — and his gait. “Why do you think I’m walking around the way I am?” he fired back when asked if he has a stunt double — as the crowd erupted in laughter.
He also reminded fans that Yellowstone's majestic Montana location is totally work goals: “My office is the most beautiful office in the world.”
After the Q&A session ended, fans bid on a chance to visit the Yellowstone set. Two winning bids of $32,000 each from Houstonians will benefit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a charity that supports military and first responders — a favorite of Hauser's.
How much did it set guests back to hang with Hauser? General admission was $150; a four-person table plus photo op was $2,500; and a table for six plus photos went for $3,000.
VIP-ticket guests then lined up to have their photo taken with Cole and score a signed photo of the star.
The next night, more than 250 guests showed up to hang with Hauser and dance the night away with one of his favorite entertainers, Kurt Van Meter Band, the Oregon-based act. Tough guy Hauser was all smiles as he took the stage and even danced and sang with the band members.
Not one to miss a party, Hauser and his crew posted up next to the stage in a VIP section with bottle service and stayed all night — proving that Hollywood knows how to Rodeo.