Rascal Flatts Bar & Grill Coming To Washington Avenue In Downtown St. Louis
Restaurant Tied To Country Music Superstars Announced For MX District
According to local outlet NextSTL, country music supergroup Rascall Flatts and their business partners intend to open a restaurant in downtown St. Louis. The Rascal Flatts restaurant and live music venue will be located at 600 Washington Avenue in The MX District.
The new restaurant will occupy a currently vacant spot on the second floor next to MX Movies.
Since forming in Ohio in 1999, Rascal Flatts has released 10 studio albums, 14 #1 singles, sold more than 10 million tickets to the group’s live shows and won numerous music awards.
An opening date for the new restaurant has not been set. NextSTL reported that the city of St. Louis received an application for a $1.023 building permit at the location.
The band opened the first Rascal Flatts restaurant in Stamford, Connecticut last fall. The 3,000-square foot location features a full menu as well as a full bar, stage for live music and retail area.
The group behind the planned chain, R.F. Restaurants, was sued back in January in reference to a planned restaurant in Hollywood, California.
Chicken & Waffles And Apricot Ribs Highlight Rascal Flatts Menu
The menu as Rascal Flatts is said to feature several dishes that are favorites of the band members, Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney.
Appetizers available include Smothered Brisket Fries (pictures) and Jay’s Chicken Corn Chowder, which is described as being “just like Jay’s momma used to make!”
The main dishes include the required Chicken & Waffles, brisket, apricot ribs and more.
The “Sweet Tooth” menu is short with just three dishes, but two will definitely catch your eyes. Doughnut holes are stuffed with Nutella and served with an icing dip for one dish while Joe Don’s Love in a pan has just three ingredients. I’ve never thought to try a combination of “crispy sweet lemon, cream cheese and cool whip pie,” but I’d sure try it at least once. Just to write about, ya know?
Downtown St. Louis Goes Country
The newest restaurant in The MX will be the latest in a recent downtown trend.
One could say that country music has found St. Louis. Big-name artists have always drawn crowds in the St. Louis suburbs at Riverport, now Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. But recently more and more of the country music activity has been taking place downtown and now the accompanying venues are starting to sprout up.
Country music acts routinely play Scottrade Center downtown, including Blake Shelton last month and Shania Twain this June. Garth Brooks sold more than 58,000 tickets to his 2014 shows at the venue and upcoming shows at Chaifetz Arena will feature Little Big Town and Sugarland.
Ballpark Village plays host to the Hot Country Nights concert series each year, which has welcomed Scotty McCreery, Chris Janson, Josh Turner, Brett Young and several others.
Taylor Swift will also bring her Reputation World Tour to The Dome At America’s Center, a block from the planned Rascal Flatts restaurant, this September.
Last July, Nashville’s Tin Roof opened a location in downtown St. Louis just blocks from Busch Stadium. The “live music joint” is is the space formerly occupied by J. Buck’s.
Game 6 Honky Tonk Joint also opened up downtown last fall. One of the owners of the bar spent eight years as the General Manager at Paradise Park in Nashville.
The new venues expand a scene that already featured PBR St. Louis in Ballpark Village.
Rascal Flatts Restaurant Joining Crowded MX District
The MX District currently includes restaurants such as Pi, Porano Pasta, and Sugarfire Smokehouse, a movie theater in MX Movies, The Laurel apartment building, an Embassy Suites hotel, the National Blues Museum and more.
The downtown St. Louis YMCA also recently moved into the district.
The development next to the St. Louis Convention Center occupies space that was originally home to Stix Baer and Fuller department store and then St. Louis Centre shopping mall.
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