Just when you were beginning to wonder when "the most awarded vocal group in country music today" would announce a chain of theme restaurants, here comes an announcement from Rascal Flatts Restaurant Group. The very first Rascal Flatts restaurant will be opening sometime this year, all 14,000 square feet of it, in Phoenix. It will feature live music, a sound stage, indoor and outdoor space, and a retail area.
But they're not stopping there: plans are in the works for ten additional locations over the next two years, including DC, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Long Island, Tampa, Boston and more. Operatives inside the RascalPlex tell Eater the Phoenix restaurant will also feature Christian rock nights, but that will vary by location. Above, images from the upcoming Phoenix location; below, the press release.
Super Group Rascal Flatts Serves Up New Endeavor Arizona businessmen at the heart of Country Superstars Restaurant Venture
Country music superstars Rascal Flatts are getting into the restaurant business. With over 21 million albums and 25 million digital downloads sold, Rascal Flatts is one of the most honored vocal groups in music today.
Rascal Flatts Restaurant Group formed by Philip Lama, CEO and Eric Soe, President have partnered with Rascal Flatts to create and develop themed restaurants throughout the U.S. and Canada. The first location is being developed in Phoenix, AZ. Philip Lama, CEO of Broken Road Productions, is the exclusive licensee.
The 14,000 square foot Phoenix restaurant will feature great food at attractive price points, live nationally recognized entertainment, a state-of-the-art sound stage, an elevated bar, indoor/outdoor bar and retail space.
Lama, a New York native is no stranger to the music scene. He grew up in the business in the Hamptons and New York City. He served as the CFO for another country restaurant chain with live entertainment. He was also CEO of Mastro Capital Partners. e H He He developed and financed several restaurants and partnered with Soe, opening PJ's Grill in Tempe, AZ. Soe has served as a top executive for both domestic and international Fortune 500 companies including MCI WorldCom.
Rascal Flatts is the most awarded vocal group in country music today with over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People's Choice Awards and more. They have sold over 6 million concert tickets, and counting. They are easily one of the hottest-selling acts on tour in any genre. Currently, Rascal Flatts is on its summer tour, Farmers Insurance Presents "Changed Tour," with Little Big Town, and Big Machine Label Group labelmates Eli Young Band and Edens Edge.