The closing of Rock Top Bar and Restaurant took many people by surprise after the establishment closed last Friday. Rumors of new ownership have now been confirmed, with a familiar name taking over operations.

Richard Pankey, who currently owns The Butcher's Block, Riley's, and Daisy's Garage, told the Cedar Rapids Gazette that he plans to open a new restaurant this spring at the site of Rock Top. Pankey says that the new restaurant will have a different menu than Rock Top.

Pankey also said it's too soon to tell what modifications the building might need before he opens, but stated that he would like to be open by late winter or early spring. He also said that he is not against hiring former Rock Top employees.


[via Gazette]

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