Wendell Price has been a Food Network star and a partner with Olympic legend Carl Lewis at Houston’s Cafe Noir. He has catered Hollywood sets, cooked for the likes of Larry Flynt and O.J. Simpson, and served as executive chef in a restaurant co-owned by Denzel Washington. More recently, after his 2012 conviction on tax-related crimes, Price was an inmate in a Memphis jail. And now Price is back in his hometown, trying to get his career back on track via Rustic Oak, a restaurant slated to open at 511 Richmond Ave in January. Rustic Oak is taking root in a restored Montrose home near Spur 527; Price tells Culturemap’s Eric Sandler he “prayed for a unique spot instead of a strip center,” — and lo, there appeared this bungalow, right next door to the Brooklyn Athletic Club and directly across Richmond Ave. from the Post 510 apartments.
So there’s where the oak comes from. Price tells Sandler he is aiming for a “rustic chic” vibe. The interiors you see in these shots from the building’s most recent listing will be adorned with antiques and chandeliers in what will be a 40-seat restaurant with 3 dining rooms and 2 bars: one inside facing the exposed kitchen and the other out back for the whiskey and cigars crowd. According to Sandler, Rustic Oak’s menu will be French-inspired and seafood-heavy, with dishes such as savory shrimp breakfast pancakes, barbecue crab and roasted oysters taking pride of place.
- Celebrity chef looks for a fresh start with plans for a hot new “rustic chic” restaurant [CultureMap]
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