One evening, Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz were hanging out with musician Pat Green at a ranch near Austin. The three friends grilled over an open fire, cold beers in hand, with the big, bright stars of the Texas night sky above their heads. It really didn’t, they all agreed, get any better than this.
Thus was born the seed of the idea that became the Rustic, a bar/restaurant/concert venue that brings a taste of the Texas prairie to Dallas’ tony Uptown district. Sited on a previously undeveloped lot beside U.S. 75, the ground-up venue is composed of three parts: an 8,000-square-foot building seating 250, a 40,000-square-foot back yard seating 350, and a stage that can open to the outside, the inside, or both.
“We wanted a southwest ranch style feel with a more modern, urban twist,” said Noonan, who worked with Dallas interior design firm Studio HFA to realize the project. The team used reclaimed wood, old fixtures, and the timber from three Post oak trees removed from the site in an arrangement that is both rough hewn and clean lined.