Rusty Bucket is a casual American restaurant and tavern where people come to share laughter, smiles, and great conversation over food that makes everyone happy.

About The Bucket:
Our restaurants represent our founder’s vision of genuine hospitality: friendly service in a relaxed setting. In order for our associates to bring this vision to life for our guests, they must feel supported by our team and share our commitment to our values and goals. We put our associates first and in turn, they take great care of our guests. Bucket Life is our definition of “The Good Life.” It encompasses the company’s culture and philosophies and is supported daily by the following elements: Commitment to Quality, Dedication to Local Communities, Family Matters, Genuine Hospitality, and The Answer is Yes!

  • We want everyone to be comfortable here.
  • We cook from scratch because we think food just tastes better that way.
  • We believe in family meals and love having kids and large groups in our restaurants.
  • We love when there’s a game on. Sports are about camaraderie for us.
  • We know beer and always pour the perfect draft.
  • We believe cocktails are a craft and train our bar staff as we train our kitchen team.
  • We live tavern life. We are a community hub and a neighborhood gathering place.

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Our Founder:
Our founder, Gary Callicoat, is a guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously—but when it comes to food, he’s about as serious as it gets.

“We make our menu from scratch because food just tastes better that way.” Callicoat explains. “Cooking is like a dark alley. Bad things happen when you take shortcuts.”

Callicoat began his restaurant career as a dishwasher at age 15, eventually ascending to operational roles within Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and others. While serving as general manager of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants' Martini Italian Bistro in downtown Columbus, the concept for “Rusty Bucket” was born. It’d be a tavern—with a twist. Serving up fresh, American favorites and a huge beer selection, in an inspired, pub-like atmosphere.

Under Mitchell’s guidance, Gary opened the first Rusty Bucket Restaurant and Tavern in the Columbus suburb of Dublin, Ohio in 2002. Since then, The Bucket has grown from a single restaurant to 23 locations in six states—and counting. And whether you come in to watch the game, host a business event in one of our private rooms, or bring the whole family for weekend brunch, The Bucket is your go-to gathering place.

“The Bucket is a place built on friendship, where people can meet up, grab a bite and a drink, and share stories. Everybody’s welcome here,” Gary says, “In fact, our regulars are the only thing regular about us.”

Beyond serving great food and drinks, The Bucket is committed to supporting the communities it does business in through fundraising initiatives and charitable giving, partnering with organizations like local schools, the Salvation Army, Canines for Companions, and Toys for Tots.

According to Gary, “Serving great food and giving back. That’s what the Bucket Life is all about.”

So stop in and see us, and experience The Bucket Life for yourself. We always have a seat for you.

"Serving great food and giving back. That's what the Bucket Life is all about."

Gary Callicoat, President & Chief Bucketeer