cowboyeagle05 wrote:Rustic has already been contacted about opening something similar far up north most likely the second location with the same name. Although I am not that impressed with Rustic as far as a venue and space. It was a great use for land temporarily and the city granted them a temporary allowance for it to happen. I imagine now that its a proven concept any landowner will want to charge them up the hilt to run something similar since the Rustic does sell a lot of alcohol according to the TABC records. Mutts is a little more unique and I could definitely see working to find them a location since their operation is quite small. Its a rather small building to house the kitchen and bar and then its a matter of a deck and fencing and staff. Rustic is a full-on restaurant and outdoor venue that in some form can really be recreated anywhere with the right mix.
I would even go as far as to say Barnett was trying to do the Rustic one better at Toyota Music Factory and did a bad job at capturing what the Rustic did capture with its atmosphere. I just don't think the Rustic needs accommodation through the city. Mutts does provide a dog park experience that the city hasn't captured that the West Village and many other neighborhoods would love to have. I can point to a dozen places I think Mutts would attract a customer base and the neighborhood might welcome. Rustic is just another backyard bar with a decent menu and stage setup.
Regardless of whether we personally like the Rustic or not (it's not my cup of tea), it is a draw for the live/work/play atmosphere that Uptown provides. I don't see enough "play" opportunities coming to the urban core when it comes to outdoor activities. Uptown is increasingly just live/work. More apartments? Every city nationwide has apartments, and many of them look surprisingly identical to what has been built in Uptown. What is going to be our unique draw to get people to move here and stay here, put down roots?
The Rustic isn't anything spectacular in my opinion, but I can say anecdotally that it is one of the few places in Dallas I have heard people from other cities say they know and like. Nobody says "Omg I had a great time in Dallas looking at that one apartment building, so good with its' EIFS exterior and parking garage!"