Houston's culinary enfant terrible, Randy Rucker of Bootsie's fame, has released a couple more details about his forthcoming restaurant slated for Houston's Museum District. The official name of the concept is conāt (or restaurant conāt), the phonetic spelling of 'connate.'
In the new logo, shown off on Twitter, the name is presented starkly next to a beautiful, fresh-from-the-garden vegetable shading.
Connate has been mentioned since 2010 as the name of a new concept in Tomball from Rucker and company, one that was to be made up of a group of refurbished metal barns and house the restaurant, a bar, banquet space and a "bio-dynamic watering system." Those plans later fell through, but the continued use of the title suggests Rucker has a similar culinary vision planned for his Houston concept.
Or maybe he just likes the name.
In 2010, Rucker blogged that the original connate would focus "on indigenous and regional bounties of the Gulf Coast region of the Southern United States. The cuisine is focused on southern traditions and culture while constantly searching for new ideas, products and techniques. A great example of this is our extensive preserving, pickling and charcuterie programs which uphold the traditions we hold so dear. It’s our belief that creativity and new applications or ideas come from having an intimate relationship with all your food sources."
What do you think of the new name (and the spelling)? Are you looking forward to conāt?