Move over Toby Keith because Rascal Flatts are heading into your territory of feeding fans.
It was announced yesterday that the trio will be opening their first restaurant this year with many more to follow in 2013 and 2014.
The boys have partnered with restaurant-industry execs Philip Lama and Eric Soe to create a chain of contemporary restaurants that will also serve as live music venues.
The space, which is anticipated to be 14,000 square feet, will seat 163 guests in both indoor and outdoor areas. There will be an exhibition kitchen, raised lounge, and two full-service bars that can sit up to 144 additional guests. 500 guests will be able to stand in front view of a raised stage containing industry-standard premium audio gear and concert-quality lighting. Performers will also have a green room, dressing rooms, and a VIP lounge within the venue.
The first “RF” restaurant will open in Phoenix this year with additional locations including Washington D.C., Columbus, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Raleigh, North Carolina, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Long Island, New York, Charlotte, North Carolina, Tampa, Florida, Boston, Massachusetts, and Madison Wisconsin in 2013 and 2014.