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Ronin Cooking, best known for fine farm-to-table meals served at their Full Moon Dinners and catered events, will be serving up fresh food at the Ice House on Main’s new farm-to-table restaurant as early as this fall. Ronin and AdventGX, the Ice House developer, entered into an agreement for the new Downtown Bryan restaurant this week.

The Ice House on Main is a community development project of AdventGX. The company is developing the 20,000 sq. ft. property situated at the north end of Bryan’s historic district. It will include a 15,000 sq. ft. private event venue, the Ronin restaurant, a live music venue, and other food and beverage experiences.

Ronin’s husband and wife team, Brian and Amanda Light, focus on building community through local, seasonal food and personal dining experiences. It is an ideal complement to AdventGX’s approach to community development.

“As a company, we work to use innovation and entrepreneurship for heritage preservation and economic development,” explains AdventGX President and CEO Jose Quintana. “When we met Brian and Amanda we found kindred spirits. When we tasted their amazing farm fresh meals, we knew we had found the right partner for a unique dining experience downtown.”

Chef Brian Light will continue his practice of building fine menus from seasonal options locally sourced from their network of area farms. Bringing the local harvest to the table in a fashion that is at once elegant and approachable is Ronin’s specialty. It’s a natural fit among the rich textures of the Ice House on Main’s exposed brick and wood textures.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with AdventGX and the City of Bryan to breathe new life into this hundred-year-old building,” say Brian and Amanda Light, owners and operators of Ronin Cooking.  “We feel that this building will be much more than just a restaurant and event center. It was built to hold ice coming off the rail cars, before the ice made it’s way to the local population, making it a hub of vital importance to the town back then.  We will do our part in helping to revive the Ice House into something that is once again special to this community.  Farm fresh food was available in our area a hundred years ago when it first opened, and we want the citizens of Bryan and College Station to be able to experience that again.”

Planning for Ronin’s downtown kitchen is underway and construction starts soon. Restaurant doors will open this Fall just in time for harvest. For more information about the Ice House on Main project, visit the project web site at or contact AdventGX at To learn more about Ronin Cooking visit or contact for further information.