The Rockhouse Sports Pub & Grill will be reopening, albeit with a slightly new name, thanks to proud new owners Gerarda and Barney Stocking. The Stockings, who have been in Livermore for over 30 years, say the restaurant will reopen on March 22 at 11 a.m. to serve lunch and dinner.
Stocking's daughter, Veronica Everstein, is the head chef, making the new venture a family affair. Everstein is a graduate of the famous Cordon Bleu cooking school in Los Angeles. Everstein has created a new menu for the newly decorated restaurant.
Stocking wrote, via email:
Barney and I are very proud of our dedicated chefs and staff that are reopening the Rockhouse Sports Pub & Grill Livermore. Here's the initial menu while we're waiting for our Beer and Wine license. Veronica, our daughter, and Felipe, both Cordon Bleu trained chefs, are ready to "wow" guests with their fantastic food! They'll be serving delicious lunches and dinners (and perhaps the best burgers in Livermore, using California Angus beef) and topping it off with a fine selection of teas or specialty coffee drinks using "Thanksgiving Coffee," a wonderful coffee roasting company located in Mendocino roasting coffee beans from the Free Trade Zone and promoting economic, social and environmental justice. Veronica and her staff will be making Lattes, espressos, mochas and many more. Andy is the manager and Maitre 'D and in charge of keeping the Sports channels tuned into the patrons wishes. He will be featuring the local school games as well as having special events for families and schools watching DVDs of their favorite sport... nothing like having a hearty breakfast or lunch after playing a good game of soccer and watching how great (or not so great) that you played that day!
According to Stocking, license plates adorn the walls, along with televisions for watching sports events and a Ford Model T car with wooden spokes is parked near the fireplace.
"There are touches of nostalgia throughout the restaurant from the old-time license plates beneath the televisions to the old Philco refrigerator, which houses the Rockhouse t-shirt selection," Stocking said.
Stocking says the the menu will grow and that they are still currently awaiting their alcohol license so they will not be serving any alcohol until they receive the license from the Alcohol Beverage Control officials.
The Rockhouse closed for financial reasons in Jan. 2013 after being purchased by Billy Jordan in Feb. of 2011.
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