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New Southern-inspired restaurant and bar rocks Houston with live music, classic fare, and more
A group of Houston hospitality veterans are putting a fresh spin on one of the Richmond Strip’s most iconic destinations. Rockhouse Southern Kitchen will open next year in the former Billy Blues/Diablo Loco space at 6025 Richmond Ave.
The partners behind the Warwick, a Southern-inspired restaurant that opened earlier this year in the former Houston’s space on Westheimer, have once again teamed up to create Rockhouse. They include Prospect Park co-owner Rob Wright, Bar 5015 owner Steve Rogers, Slowpokers co-owner Mazen Baltagi, and local attorney Kurt Agomuo. Collectively, the group has operated everything from coffee shops to steakhouses and brings more than 20 years of experience to their new endeavor.
As its name implies, Rockhouse will be a lively, Southern-inspired bar and restaurant with live music — including brass bands and saxophone players. At 14,000 square feet, it will offer plenty of room for eating, drinking, and dancing. Nicki Dooms of NHI Designs is working with the partners to transform the space.
The restaurant’s menu will cover a wide range of tastes. Expect traditional Southern favorites like fried chicken, fried fish, and mac and cheese alongside sports bar favorites like oxtail egg rolls, lobster slides, and jerk chicken nachos. Those looking for something more elevated may opt for a Cajun ribeye or “firecracker” salmon.
“We want to go back to the roots of southern culture, where music and good food are the celebration,” Wright said in a statement. “We have created an experience where our culinary farm to table offerings, hand-crafted cocktails, and nightly musical oblations will leave you coming back for more.”