The Omni PGA Frisco Resort is slated to open on May 2, and one of its key attractions will be galloping in this spring as well: Trick Rider, an upscale steak and seafood concept that will pay homage “to famed rodeo trick riders and Texas culture.” And dangling from its ceiling will be one of the most striking, innovative light fixtures this side of the Big Dipper.
The 16-foot-long, nine-foot-high crystal horse chandelier is suspended above Trick Rider’s bar. Hoofing in at 1,500 pounds, the piece was designed by Jeffrey Beers International from 4,075 “bohemian cut” crystal beads artfully arranged on stainless steel wires.
Inspired by a legendary rodeo trick rider from the 1940s and ’50s
Sydna Yokley Woodyard—a champion rodeo trick rider who earned her spurs growing up on a Texas ranch—is the inspiration behind the signature dining concept from Omni Hotels & Resorts. A quarter horse breeder and a co-founder of the American Quarter Horse Association, Woodyard was a leading calf roper and trick rider in the 1940s and 1950s. She performed her tricks in places as far afield from the Texas prairie as New York’s Madison Square Garden, grabbing the notice of Hollywood and national magazines at the time.
Woodyard was inducted into the Texas Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1977.
Lone Star design details
To make sure guests know they aren’t in Kansas anymore—or anyplace else that’s not in the great state of Texas—Trick Rider’s design details will include stitch-leather Texas stars on the back of banquets; art scatterered throughout featuring female trick riders and custom wall art; walnut herringbone floors; and cognac leather and fabrics “reminiscent of fine liquors.”
And that bar you’ll find under the 1,500-pound magic crystal lighted horse? It’s horseshoe-shaped, of course.
An ‘authentic Texas dining experience’
Trick Rider’s executive chef, Joshua Hasho—the former executive chef at Omni Chicago who first cooked up his resort experience at Colorado’s Omni Interlocken before becoming executive chef at Austin’s Omni Barton Creek Resort—knows his new restaurant will get lots of attention as PGA Frisco attracts tournaments, pro golfers, and lavish media coverage.
So he wants Trick Rider to have a pronounced Texas accent—with a dash of East Coast and Hawaiian flavors along for the ride.
“We’re focusing on creating an authentic Texas dining experience through a thoughtful selection of the best cuts of meat available including a grand wagyu beef tasting, an extensive raw bar selection, east coast oysters, select shellfish from Australia, Hawaii, and other spots around the globe flown in fresh daily.” Luxury wines, distilled spirits, and handcrafted cocktails will also get their turn around the spread.
The restaurant will be open for dinner only, with dining seating for 115 and a private dining room that can corral 15 people.
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