Houston’s foodie king launches rodeo’s first sit-down restaurant


For the first time ever, dining at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo will mean more than turkey legs and funnel cake. One of Houston’s biggest names in fine dining will provide rodeo attendees with a significantly more upscale experience.

Created by Berg Hospitality Group, The Ranch Saloon + Steakhouse will run for the duration of the rodeo, from February 28 to March 20. Located in an air-conditioned tent near the southwest corner of the Astrodome, the restaurant will be split into two concepts: a more upscale steakhouse that takes reservations and a more casual lounge restaurant that’s first come, first served with a porch. outdoors and live entertainment every night.

Together, they make up the first-ever sit-down restaurant at the rodeo where attendees can sip cocktails, beer and wine with their meals.

“As a longtime rodeo fan and active member of the Steer Auction Committee, we are excited to work with the Rodeo on this new concept and to engage with rodeo attendees,” said Berg Hospitality Founder Ben Berg. , in a press release. “It’s a place where I would like to go and hang out, have a good meal and listen to live music before or after the main concert. Additionally, we are very pleased to also offer private dining options for rodeo committees or any larger group that wishes to celebrate at the rodeo. The Ranch will have a little something for everyone.

That something for everyone starts with the menu, which includes dishes served at Berg B&B Butchers, The Annie Café & Bar, and BB Lemon. In the more upscale steakhouse, look for B&B Butchers signature dishes such as Chef Tommy’s bacon, Carpet Bagger oysters on the half shell, and a full line of USDA Prime steaks. Two of The Annie’s most popular dishes, crab tostadas and tortilla soup, will also be available. Those looking to splurge will find caviar, king crab, and Japanese wagyu beef.

The Saloon’s menu begins with BB Lemon favorites such as campechana, blue crab cakes and wagyu beef burgers. Other dishes include pasta, salmon, steaks and barbecued ribs. New York-style cheesecake, bread pudding, flourless chocolate cake and more will satisfy the sweet tooth.

Both concepts will serve cocktails such as B&B’s Manhattan and Martini, Annie’s Margarita, and draft drinks including Mule, Old Fashioned, and Mint Julep. Beers and wines by the glass complete the drinks offer.

Reservations are already available on OpenTable, meaning those with concert tickets or season passes can start planning their parties right away.

Another option exists for big Rodeo players. Dubbed the Steakholder, a select group of VIPs can purchase a premium table at the steakhouse which will be available for their exclusive use throughout the restaurant’s run. Each table can be adorned with custom signage and comes with perks such as access to a dedicated concierge and the ability to reserve select tables in the Saloon to enjoy its live musical performances.

A six-person table costs $10,000 and a 10-person table will cost $15,000. Those who purchase either can add an additional 4-seater table on the patio for $5,000. Prices do not include food, beverages, taxes or gratuity.

For menus, reservations, and more information on Steakholders and private dining, see the Ranch’s website.


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