It's time to turn our attention to one of fall's most-anticipated openings, Black Label Ice House. If you're a barbecue fan, you've probably already heard of (and sampled plenty of) pitmaster Damian Bruggar's Texas-style beef-focused cue, especially during his pop up stint at Barrel Proof. Now Bruggar brings the brisket and more to Dryades and Seventh with a new brick-and-mortar will softly-open next Friday, September 11, NoDef reports this week, with plans for a full blown grand opening celebration on October 2.
But do not mistake this new icehouse for a mere sports bar. Bruggar, a native Texan, explains the inspiration for his concept as so:
"Growing up, an icehouse was where Dad and Grandpa went to play some dominos, drink a beer, eat a burger. Some of them even sold groceries."
While Black Label will not sell groceries, here's all the glorious things you can expect inside the 3,000-square-foot space inside the former Pop's House of Blues Uptown:
- Three rooms including a game room, a pool room and a main room with a stage for live music.
- Live music on Fridays and Saturdays with old country, local rock bands, brass bands and more on schedule.
- 16 craft brews on tap at the bar.
- A bar menu with burgers, chicken wings, and "more conventional pub fare."
- A barbecue menu with brisket, chicken, ribs and more meats by the pound.
- A signature dish called "Cowboy From Hell," comprised of Texas toast, sliced sweet Vidalia onions, smoked brisket, and housemade sweet and spicy 'wicked pickles.'