One of Super Bowl weekend's most important performers encountered one of country music's rising stars during lunch at the hottest restaurant in The Heights on Thursday.
Luke Bryan met Sundance Head while dining with a group of friends at Ritual, the casual steakhouse that's a collaboration between Delicious Concepts owner Ken Bridge and Black Hill Ranch owner Felix Florez. The party of six devoured a 32-ounce ribeye, the day's fish special of Amberjack, quail with Hoppin' John, fried chicken, and a charcuterie plate (among other dishes).
Bryan, in town to perform a the National Anthem at Super Bowl LI, said at a press conference on Thursday that he's rooting for the Atlanta Falcons to prevail over the New England Patriots in Sunday's game but said he has "a ton of respect" for the Patriots dynasty.
As for the game's most famous prop bet, the length of the anthem, the singer suggested he might extend the song's length if he gets swept up in the moment. "I'm just gonna sing it," Bryan said. "I'm going to walk out there and follow my heart and follow the vibe of the room. There's no telling how long it will go." In other words, take the over.
Head, who won Season 11 of the reality singing competition The Voice in December, makes regular appearances in the Houston-area. On Sunday, he performed in front of a sold out crowd at the Robert Garner Firefighter Foundation chili cook-off and fundraiser.
The restaurant's representative credits a good relationship with the Houston Concierge Association for directing both celebrities to them, which set up the duo's meeting. "We've been fortunate to receive numerous hotel guests from the best hotels in town this weekend from various members of the Association," she writes.
They probably don't all order 32-ounce ribeyes.