Former Town Hearth frontman Austin Rodgers gives an exclusive first peek at Alamo Club, his first solo venture
“It seems like I’ve been preparing for this since I was a kid and thought about opening a food truck when I was 19,” Rodgers told me. “I told Nick (Badovinus) when I joined him years ago that one day I wanted to open my own place. It’s finally time to do my own thing.”
Now, he’s busy transforming the former Blind Butcher on Lower Greenville Avenue into Alamo Club, a casual neighborhood restaurant that Rodgers says he thinks will be a good fit for area residents.
“As soon as Blind Butcher announced they were closing, I jumped on the phone and said ‘I want that space.'”
He’s targeting early Spring for Alamo Club’s opening.
“The space reminds me of New York or Chicago. I want it to feel like Neighborhood Services bar on Lovers Lane and Au Cheval in Chicago. Old-school places where you can get great food and hang out,” Rodgers told me. “It has a small kitchen so we want a tight menu – steaks, burgers, salads, pastas – food people crave. We want to serve the neighborhood, so that means late night and happy hour crowds, weekend brunch, a place you can go to seven days a week.”