First Look: Rye Offers Avante-Garde Cocktails and Small Bites to Savor
ALEX GONZALEZ AUGUST 27, 2021 4:00AMThis is the second location of Rye; the flagship is in McKinney. Alex Gonzalez
If you’re still waiting on your reservation for Apothecary, you’ll probably have better luck getting into Tanner Agar’s other concept, Rye. Located next door to Apothecary, this McKinney-based concept has opened its second location on Lower Greenville, offering avante-garde cocktails like those of its sister concept, as well as a robust food menu spearheaded by chef Taylor Rause.
Inside the space previously occupied by Laurel Tavern, diners will see a long bar, low, intimate lighting, and a wall bedecked with mirrors. Outside, there is a small garden from which they grow some of their produce for the kitchen.
Rye’s cocktail menu is curated by bar manager Heather Cox, with an adventurous line-up of libations. Light options include the Somebloody to Love cocktail, made with vodka, blood orange, Aperol, buddha’s hand, cava and soda. This fruity and refreshing beverage is like a light pop drink, ideal for those who want something different, but don’t want to go overboard on booze. A bolder choice is the Spent Grain Old Fashioned, made with Still Austin bourbon, spent grain syrup and house bitters.
If you’re feeling generous, you can add an extra $5 to your bill for drinks for the staff.