Restaurant Row has a new player — Toby Keith. Rather, Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill.
The 34,000-square-foot restaurant/venue just experienced its first weekend open, and patrons were able to sidle up to the guitar-shaped bar, sit inside or on the large patio, and admire choice photos of the patron saint of red Solo cups hung along corrugated metal.
Surprisingly, booze and beer is served in Mason jars as opposed to plastic receptacles, despite the lyrics of the aforementioned "Red Solo Cup." The menu features steaks, house smoked pulled pork and requisite fried items like bologna sandwiches, macaroni and cheese bites and Twinkie desserts.
When shows are booked, diners can jam out to live national touring acts (Shane Thomas Band played the venue's first shows) on the large stage, or opt for every musician's favorite thing — high-def televisions. Naturally, there are also "Whiskey Girls" to capture interest.
Intrepid photojournalist-about-town Stephen Masker captured some choice shots of TKILTB&G (or, Toby Keith's for short ... and for ease of speaking and typing). The photos are above and Toby Keith's is at 10110 Technology Blvd. (part of the old AMC Grand, for those who remember going there). It's open daily starting at 11 a.m. and the kitchen serves until 10 p.m.