Tuesday, January 22, 2013 , Updated 3:08 p.m., January 22, 2013
UPDATED: Backyard bar part-owned by Pat Green will open in West Village
Where Austin comes to Dallas, one live concert at a time.
DALLAS A restaurant and bar with a backyard is opening at Lemmon Avenue and Central Expressway in West Village this spring. The new place will be called The Rustic and is owned in part by Texas country singer Pat Green.
It may feel similar to Katy Trail Ice House in Uptown or The Foundry and Chicken Scratch in West Dallas: The Rustic is all about eating, drinking, and listening to music in a comfortable backyard, said owner Kyle Noonan.
"We did pull a lot of inspiration from the Texas Hill country," he said. The venue can seat 200 inside, 200 outside, or during concerts, 500-600 inside and 2,000 outside. Noonan said Stubb's in Austin is a good parallel in terms of size and space, though The Rustic won't confine itself just to country music.
Sharon Hage, from the beloved, shuttered Dallas restaurant York Street, developed the menu at The Rustic and will help train staff. Hage currently oversees the menu at Bowl & Barrel, an upscale bowling alley at The Shops at Park Lane owned by Free Range Concepts. The company also owns The Rustic and the re-done Sunset Lounge in Dallas, which opens Wednesday, January 23.
The theme of the menu is backyard barbecue. "Some of my favorite memories, and most people's favorite memories, are centered around a cookout," said Noonan. "... cold beer in hand, under the stars."
He calls the menu "good, down-home comfort food" that will include some local ingredients -- a specialty of Hage's.
The bar will have more than 40 beers on draft, most of which will be from Texas breweries. One of Noonan's lofty goals is to get a rep from each brewery in the state of Texas to work with The Rustic. "Texas has a ton of great beer, and it's growing," Noonan said. "We really want to highlight that, and to be known as a place to get an ice-cold Texas beer."
The rustic will also have a full bar, including some Texas spirits.
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