Kendall Morgan | Photos by The Rustic burger. Photo by Claire McCormack., Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz. Photo by Claire McCormack.
- November 22, 2013
There’s a lot to love about a trip to the Hill Country: grilled steaks over an open flame, ice-cold beer and twangy guitars playing under a star-filled sky. Restaurateurs Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz (Bowl & Barrel, Mutts Cantina) teamed with their Grammy-nominated pal Pat Green and local businessman Brian Manion to bring that experience a little closer to home in the guise of The Rustic, a 2½-acre spread devoted to all things authentically Texan. Built with an industrial-cool interior of reclaimed wood and filled with junk shop treasures (i.e., a longhorn-shaped smoker and a beer can American flag), the 500-seat restaurant is anchored by a copper bar that serves 40 Texas beers on tap, along with Lone Star State wines and spirits. The Sharon Hage-designed menu pays homage to local (and locally sourced) cuisine, with wood-grilled quail, Gulf shrimp and sky-high homemade pies all present and accounted for. Although The Rustic is first and foremost a restaurant, the Uptown spot has already proven itself as a serious music venue, with the 44,000-square-foot backyard strictly SRO at Green’s opening bash performance. The country star will pop by for a surprise concert or two when he’s in town, and local and national acts perform on the 40-foot stage five days a week. 3656 Howell St., 214.730.0596; therusticrestaurant.com.