A Prohibition-style bar and grill is scheduled to open the taps March 12 in the suburbs. Rochester Tap Room is opening in the former Luca's Chophouse space, boasting 60 taps and 100 wines.
Missy Markevics (formerly of Penny Black), Mike LaBranche (formerly of Great Baraboo Brewing Co.), and Travis Waynick (former executive chef for Matt Prentice Restaurant Group and Andiamo Restaurant Group) are partnering in the venture.
Design-wise, the 6,000-square-foot space will be on trend with other area ventures, incorporating reclaimed wood and exposed brick inside. As a major plus, the bar will offer outdoor seating.
The drink program will feature local craft beers as well as sparkling wine and "throwback" cocktails. Waynick's menu includes diverse bar fare, from sausage and ramen bowls to crispy Brussels poutine. In April, the owners are planning a Prohibition Party.
The bar is seeking applications for staff. "Familiarity and passion for the craft beer business is a plus."