Country Trio Rascal Flatts Are Opening a Restaurant in Orlando
Some iconic country stars are taking up roots in Orlando’s soon-to-open Margaritaville Resort. Fans of both southern food and the genre will want to drop by the Rascal Flatts restaurant, slated to open along with several other dining experiences at the new Florida resort’s entertainment complex.
The second of several planned restaurants operated by the award-winning band of the same name, Rascal Flatts will offer a contemporary dining experience along with a menu fit for the musicians’ fans. Featuring some of America’s favorite foods—such as wings and macaroni and cheese—diners can also expect a few menu items close to the record-setting musical group’s heart. As you eat, guests will have access to a full-service bar, live entertainment, and a retail space, which they can explore on their way in or out. As for the rustic restaurant’s soundtrack, don’t be surprised if you hear some of the band’s biggest hits among its country-only rotation.
Following on the heels of other country musicians like Alan Jackson and Toby Keith, the trio’s first restaurant opened its doors in Stamford, Connecticut last fall. Providing the area with a fun and family-friendly dining experience, the kitchen was lead by Chris Gentile, a winner of Cutthroat Kitchen and executive chef at San Diego’s Double Standard Kitchenetta.
The new Orlando location joins a number of other entertainment themed food and drink establishments at the Jimmy Buffet song-themed resort. That includes Rock & Brews, a culinary collaboration between Kiss rockers Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, and GameTime, a modern restaurant and sports bar offering video arcade games, simulators and more than 60 TVs. Studio Movie Complex’s newest addition to the chain will also open there, featuring a 12-screen theater with more than 1,000 luxury recliners and a direct-to-seat American Grill food and premium beverage service.
Margaritaville Resort Orlando is a $750 million project that will offer Caribbean-style vacation cottages, a Margaritaville hotel, and a 12-acre water park, along with its entertainment complex. Rascal Flatts (the restaurant) is expected to open, along with the rest of the resort, sometime in 2018.