The venue offers live music, full-service dining and a large selection of wines, spirits and 40 beers on tap. The grand opening on Nov. 1 will be an “invite-only VIP event featuring a live performance by a special guest,” according to a Sept. 12 press release. However, tickets will be given away via the venue’s Facebook page.
The 25,000-square-foot venue, at 1836 Polk St., is the concept’s third location, joining the flagship in Dallas and another in San Antonio. It features a large outdoor patio, a retractable roof, two VIP areas and The Rustic’s signature U-shaped bar.
The company currently is working on hiring 450 people for all positions at the Houston venue, per the release. It was originally supposed to create more than 200 jobs. Go to therustic.com/careers to apply.
FreeRange Concepts — led by founders Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz — broke ground on The Rustic last November. Irving, Texas-based ID Studio 4 was the architect, and the general contractor is Argyle, Texas-based Black Diamond General Contractors.
This will be FreeRange Concept’s third Houston location, joining two venues in CityCentre: The General Public, a 16,000-square-foot restaurant at 797 Sorella Court, and Bowl & Barrel, a 16,000-square-foot upscale bowling alley at 796 Sorella Court.
“We love Houston, which is why we’ve opened two — soon to be three — of our concepts in the city,” Noonan, co-owner of FreeRange Concepts, said in the Sept. 12 release. “We are in the perfect location downtown, and we are currently hiring the perfect team to join us in serving our Texas-inspired menu with everyone in the area. Our menu will highlight all of the Lone Star State’s best cuisines, beers and liquors. And our guests can enjoy them all along with live music seven days a week. We look forward to becoming an integral part of the downtown Houston scene.”