July 31, 2010 in Washington Voices

Bar, lounge strikes classic rock chord

Juli Bergstrom-Wasson
 
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Steve Manning has opened The Rock Bar and Lounge at the old Bottoms Up location at 13921 E. Trent Ave. Kami Dent is the general manager.
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A longtime Inland Northwest restaurateur created a new venue at a long-standing bar location when he recently opened The Rock Bar and Lounge in Spokane Valley.

Steve Manning, who once co-owned Hunter’s Bar & Grill when located in Coeur d’Alene and Moxie in Spokane, opened The Rock near the corner of Trent Avenue and Evergreen Road.

“We’re trying to create a classic rock atmosphere,” said Manning. “That is our demographics.”

Manning accomplished this with a major revamp to the building’s interior, equipped a game room and named his specialty food and drink menu items after rock ‘n’ roll legends.

He and his crew of 11 employees, including manager Kami Dent, developed a sports bar atmosphere with a full service bar and the specialty menu in a clean and cool interior. A fenced, outdoor seating area also is available.

Manning said the 4,200-square-foot interior of the white stone building received a kitchen revamp, fresh paint and new carpet and furniture prior to opening July 6.

Special features in the game room include two pool tables, Wii Rock Band, a beer pong table, darts, and golf and bowling gaming systems. (The bowling system is an online competitive game.) Ten TVs are scattered throughout and another 12-foot projection screen in the game room will be available to feature major televised sports events.

As for the menu, customers will find a vast array of choices including the Hendrix Burger for $7.95, the Pink Floyd broiled salmon dish for $9.95, and the Jethro Tull Dog German frank with sauerkraut for $5.95. The appetizer and specialty drink lineup follows the theme.

Capacity at The Rock is 230 people. Manning and his crew want people to know the bar and lounge is a friendly and clean place with competitively priced items.

Manning is planning a mid-August grand opening celebration and says he hopes to schedule live music entertainment at various times in the future.

Are you opening a new business in the Spokane Valley? Is your business expanding, moving or remodeling? Are you wondering about that new store that has opened in your neighborhood? Send an e-mail to Voices editor Jeff Jordan at jeffj@spokesman.com.


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