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New Southern-fried restaurant rocks the Galleria area with cranked-up classics, cool cocktails, and live music
First announced last year, Rockhouse unites a group of partners with extensive experience in Houston’s hospitality industry. 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.
Just as The Warwick included elements of the building’s status as a former Houston’s into its menu and design, Rockhouse taps into its history with an outdoor stage that will regularly host live music. Nicki Dooms of NHI Design created an interior that features velvet booths and copper tabletops.
“We’re excited to re-open this historic location and show Houston what we did with it,” Wright said in a statement. “We’ve spent a lot of time reviving the design, focusing on elevating the atmosphere, and zeroing in on those little details that truly make all the difference.”
The menu starts with Southern classics such as fried chicken and fried catfish served with smoked collard greens and mac and cheese. Signature items include oxtail egg rolls, lobster sliders, and a Cajun ribeye topped with cream sauce. Pair them with an extensive cocktail menu inspired by classic Southern drinks.
“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.”
Rockhouse opens at 4 pm Monday-Thursday and 11 am Friday-Sunday.