BY: MIKE CULLINAN, REPORTERmcullinan@sbj.net
The second anchor tenant for the $14 million Quarry Town development in Galloway Village is on the verge of launching.
Opening day for The Rock, a restaurant and bar from the owners of Bair’s Sports Grill, is scheduled June 10.
Located at 4018 S. Lone Pine Ave., the concept owned by Tim and Jennifer Bair is inspired by landmarks such as Stone Chapel at Drury University and St. John’s Episcopal Church, which used stone quarried from the Ozarks.
“I guess opportunity drew us there,” Tim Bair said of the desire to become part of Quarry Town, a mixed-use development from Green Circle Projects LLC. “I was always familiar with the Galloway area, such as Sequiota Park. I just love the history of the area.”
The Rock’s pending opening was preceded in Quarry Town by the December 2018 launch of Great Escape Beer Works LLC, a two-story brewery owned by Jake and Jen Duensing. Great Escape is the other anchor tenant for the development.
Bair declined to disclose startup costs for the approximately 2,900-square-foot restaurant, but noted the architect was Buxton Kubik Dodd Design Collective with infill work by H.C. Rogers Construction Group LLC. The Bairs signed a 10-year lease with a pair of five-year options with Green Circle Projects at an undisclosed rate.
“It’s a little more upscale casual,” he said of the restaurant’s interior decor, which features use of dark walnut, marble and nearly 25-foot ceilings.
Seating is extensive, Bair added, with capacity for 122 people inside and approximately 75 more outside with a covered deck, as well as a pair of patios complete with fire pits.
“We’re going to have a little bit of everything for everyone,” Bair said, regarding the menu filled with burgers, sandwiches, pizza, salads and soups. “It has a lot of healthier options.”
Some menu offerings include an ahi tuna poke, cauliflower crust pizza, quinoa, and chicken topped with gruyere and chimichurri sauce.
The menu at The Rock is designed to be a complement to its brewery neighbor, Great Escape, which doesn’t sell food, Bair said.
“We’ve become pretty good friends with those folks,” he said of the Duensings.
The Rock plans to have a kiosk set up at Great Escape that will allow patrons to order food electronically and not have to leave the brewery to eat.
“They can place an order, pay for it and it prints at our kitchen next door, and we’ll bring their food over, “ he said. “It’s something we’ve never done, but it’s a win-win for both of us.”