Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The Rustic in Dallas: Like Katy Trail Ice House, with more parking
And calf testicles.
DALLAS The Rustic is appropriately named. The restaurant and concert venue owned in part by country singer Pat Green is now open in Uptown Dallas and is decked out with reclaimed wood, a bull's head on the wall and a flag above the bar crafted out of beer cans.
But it's rustic in a uniquely Dallas way: This is not Gruene Hall, with creaky boards on the floor and no A/C; it's a pristine new building with a menu from former York Street chef Sharon Hage.
The Rustic will offer dinner every night and have 20 big live shows per year, according to part-owner Kyle Noonan. The Rustic has a down-home Texas menu, with items like quail and calf fries (that's calf testicles -- see a photo below), plus lots of local beers and spirits.
The owners behind The Rustic have smartly created this "restaurant and" concept. Their other places, for instance, are Mutts -- restaurant and a dog park -- and Bowl & Barrel -- a restaurant and bowling alley.
During opening night, Green played a show to a pretty, young Uptown crowd. "I can't tell you how great it is to get Dallas behind this," Green said during the concert. "We love Katy Trail [Ice House], but this is Katy Trail ... with parking." And with live music.