Have you stopped by the Fall City Roadhouse lately? Noticed the subtle changes – like new paint colors, recovered booth backs and an upstairs seating area – and wondered what the heck was up?
It’s because on August 1st, the 100-year old, iconic ‘Roadhouse’ got a new owners: Rob and Debbie Rosemont.
Teacher turned Restauranteur
Rob was a history teacher at Skyline High School for the past 15 years and although he said teaching was extremely fulfilling and enjoyable, he felt the need for a new professional challenge and adventure. He spent about a year and a half looking at job openings and businesses for sale when he found the Roadhouse up for sale. Rob said as a local he was very familiar with the place and the potential it had to be an ‘iconic location’… so he took the plunge.
Subtle Roadhouse Changes, Updates
Over the past six weeks Rob and his wife have been busy making the place theirs, which included making some subtle changes. They’ve re-branded from the Fall City Roadhouse to The Roadhouse Restaurant & Inn – to make people more aware of what they actually do and to help market the six very cute inn rooms located above the restaurant. [Twin Peaks fans can breathe a sigh of relief – “Roadhouse” was not left out of the new name.]
Along with new paint, moldings and removing some dated wall stenciling, they also adding lots of historical photos to the walls. Fun fact: did you know the rooms above the inn were originally added around 1930 as housing for local teachers? Since then they’ve been many things – one rumor even proclaims they were used as a brothel way back when.
In 2009 all the light and bright rooms were restored with vintage 1920’s charm and more recently were given some stylish cosmetic updates courtesy of Debbie. Currently the inn stays steadily full during the summer months, especially with its reasonable prices. Rob is hoping with the updates and changes, the fall and winter occupancy rates will continue to climb in his ‘hidden hotel gem.’
The Rosemonts are putting up new signage on all three road-facing sides of the building to reflect the Roadhouse’s new name and new logo – and they also launched a brand new website, too. The menu has been re-worked, but don’t worry… the popular stuff stayed… and breakfast is still served until 2PM. Some new menu items were added, though, that Rob and his chef hope people will love.
Probably the biggest change that happened was the rarely used upstairs banquet room was converted into a Pub/Party room – complete with big screen TV’s, a pool table and pub tables for Seahawks games, birthday parties, team parties, etc. They also added outside patio furniture to the deck off of the pub room. The restaurant full menu is served upstairs, too.
This week is The Roadhouse’s ‘Grand Re-launch Celebration’ where they’re inviting the public to stop by, have a meal, tour the place (including the inn) and check out the changes.
The re-launch event runs from Thursday, September 22nd through Sunday, September 25th and is expected to be busy, so reservations are recommended, which can be made on the Roadhouse Restaurant & Inn website or by calling 425-222-4800.
Good Luck Rob and Debbie!