June 1, 2023


Without Art It's Really Boring!!!

Stay leisure venue opening in downtown Rochester this summer months

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The Roxy, at 401 Walnut Blvd., will characteristic reside new music — including dueling piano performances — stand-up comedy and range exhibits.

Rochester Hills’ inhabitants Glenn and Katie Wilhelm system to open The Roxy in June.

Image supplied by The Roxy



ROCHESTER — Are living new music, dueling pianos and comedy reveals are in retailer for downtown Rochester this summer season with the opening of a new are living leisure location.

Development is now underway on The Roxy, a new leisure venue, cocktail lounge and party space at 401 Walnut Blvd. Rochester Hills citizens Glenn and Katie Wilhelm plan to open up The Roxy in June.

“We’ve lived in Rochester Hills for about 25 decades, and we’ve often considered there was a have to have in the downtown place for some leisure,” Glenn Wilhelm stated. “There was a void in the industry there that we were looking to fill for a extensive time, so when the former Village Shoe Inn building grew to become accessible, it was one of the few structures in downtown Rochester that healthy our vision for what we ended up hunting to do.”

Beginning this summer season, the Roxy will function stay audio, comedy and wide range reveals at minimum 5 days a week, with the option to function further days dependent on the enjoyment secured.

“We are likely to get started out with a very broad wide range of factors and then see what fits and what the neighborhood is definitely responding to,” Glenn Wilhelm said. “We are likely to be accomplishing some standup comedy. Dueling pianos is likely to be a significant attraction, and we are heading to be doing a large amount of are living functions and bands. We will attempt region, some blues, some rock, and we’ll be bringing some national functions into the home there. I think the group is heading to be impressed with the high-quality of leisure we are going to be able to carry to Rochester.”

Function tickets will be marketed online only, with the capability to ebook meal reservations at close by places to eat simultaneously.

To attempt to encourage patrons to visit area eateries before or immediately after going to The Roxy, only beer, liquor and wine — with restricted substantial-finish finger food items — will be served within the location, though the homeowners mentioned catered foodstuff will be out there for specific situations.

“A theater like this draws from a considerably more substantial radius than an person restaurant, so we come to feel like we will be drawing folks into the community and sharing the prosperity a little bit, as considerably as the eating pounds,” Glenn Wilhelm reported. “Katie and I have usually assumed there’s a great deal of excellent eating places in downtown Rochester currently, but what they had been lacking was that enjoyment piece of the puzzle.”

The Roxy constructing was developed in 1854 and was at first a church. Above the decades, there have been numerous additions to the making. Most just lately, it was dwelling to The Village Shoe Inn.

“It goes fairly significantly back that it was a group heart, and that is form of our principle. We want to flip that developing again into a collecting spot,” Glenn Wilhelm stated.

Somewhere around $1.2 million will go into renovating the historical building.

Strategies for the interior involve an open dance ground location, a modest bar space, and inside seating on each the ground and balcony levels for just around 260 patrons. A substantial-close cocktail lounge, identified as The Roxy Lounge, will be made in the basement.

All actions, together with all leisure, will arise in the developing.

“One of the factors that is extremely essential to us is to be a superior neighbor to the people today that are all all over us,” Glenn Wilhelm explained. “We are quite dedicated to audio currently being all-enclosed in the building. We’ve hired a major sound engineering corporation that is going to be performing acoustic screening and acoustic absorption product within the setting up to make positive we don’t have any concerns with sound exiting the creating.”

The Rochester City Council unanimously granted The Roxy its very last remaining quota Course C liquor license.

Rochester Town Council member Mark Albrecht explained this style of enjoyment location will be a good addition to the downtown, primarily due to the fact it was identified as a “top priority” when group officers, leaders, companies and people arrived alongside one another to envision a Rochester of the potential.

“When I was on the DDA and we had our initial downtown visioning session back in 2017,” the top rated precedence “was entertainment — bring amusement to Rochester. In 2021, there it was once again,” he claimed.

Rochester Mayor Stuart Bikson reported the town has been doing the job with the Wilhelms for virtually a year now throughout the preparing process to get the site approach just ideal.

“They’ve been exceptional to operate with,” he mentioned, of the pair. “I consider the community is likely to be quite satisfied with this.”

Glenn Wilhelm has owned and operated Younger’s Irish Tavern in Romeo because May well of 2020. He earlier served as common manager of the establishment starting in 2006. The Romeo cafe has three floors, which include an amusement venue identified as The Showroom at Younger’s Irish Tavern on the next ground for dueling pianos, tribute displays, non-public parties and far more. About 30%-35% of The Showroom’s viewers is from Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township, according to Wilhelm. His wife, Katie Wilhelm, at this time owns and operates Oakland Kitchen area & Bar, which opened in March 2021 in Oakland Township.

The Roxy — which will hire approximately 20 comprehensive-time and part-time team users — will be open 7 p.m.-midnight Mondays-Thursdays 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with live enjoyment ceasing at midnight and 4-11 p.m. Sundays. For far more information, get in touch with (248) 453-5285 or take a look at theroxyrochester.com.



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