Rascal Flatts Launch Restaurant Chain
Rascal Flatts members Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox, and Jay DeMarcus are about to add another venture to their growing list of achievements: restaurant owners. In 2013, fans of the popular trio will be able to pull up a seat at a series of new Rascal Flatts-themed restaurants.
The dining spots will be launched by Rascal Flatts Restaurant Group, a company run by Philip Lama and Eric Soe. RFRG has partnered with the band to create themed restaurants throughout the U.S. and Canada. Their first location will be built in Phoenix next year.
And we're not talking about a tiny diner on the corner, either. The Phoenix location will be a whopping 14,000 square feet and will include live entertainment, a state-of-the-art sound stage, an elevated bar and eating space both indoors and out. While it may sound like a top-dollar place to eat, RFRG plans to make the menu affordable.
According to the Rascal Flatts Restaurant Group website, future restaurants are being planned in Washington, D.C., Columbus, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, N.C., Minneapolis and Long Island, with Charlotte, Tampa, Boston and Madison, Wisc. to potentially follow in 2014.
Needless to say, the award-winning trio is going to busy for the next few years! Luckily, the Flatts can turn to other country stars who own restaurant chains for inspiration. Toby Keith successfully opened Toby Keith's I Love This Bar after his song of the same name burned up the charts in 2003. Plus, Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry owns Eddie Montgomery’s Steakhouse in Harrodsburg, Ky. Sounds like Rascal Flatts have a few trailblazers to live up to. Order up!