Whiskey Bones Roadhouse has new owners and a new plan, an indoor skate park. Good news to a lot of people in Rochester, Minnesota asking for this exact thing.


Keeping Rochester Area Board...and Happy About It

On every social media platform, you'll find parents and kids alike wondering why we don't have an indoor skate park. Asking what should go in the old ____ building (Shopko, Chuck E Cheez, etc) always always always brings a ton of "indoor skate park!" to the comment section.

And it's now going to happen.

According to records, Laura and Adam Kramer and Brad and Nina Webbles bought the 7,920-square-foot building and property on August 7th for $850,000 and hope to have it ready to open before the New Year. Skateboarders, in-line skaters, and scooter-ers will all be welcome.

What About The Neighborhood? Aren't They Complainy?


Many noise and other complaints were filed against Whiskey Bones, and it finally closed in 2015. Other plans, including a shelter for people experiencing homelessness and a live theater, didn't make it far. The new owners, who named their new venture, "The Garden" told Jeff Kiger in the Rochester Post Bulletin they're aware of the noise and other complaints, and "the park will not stay open too late, and as for the volume of music (Laura Kramer) is optimistic that noise and music will be kept under control."

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Like I said above, a lot of people have been advocating for a skate park for a long time. Now that it's happening, make sure to patronize the heck out of it. Also, see the other things people want to fill our empty businesses and buildings.

11 amazing ideas for what should go in the old Chuck E. Cheese store in Rochester

If you are new to Rochester, Minnesota, you may not even know that at one point all of our kids were celebrating birthdays with their friends at the very popular Chuck E. Cheese store. Back in June of 2020, the company announced that they were closing additional locations throughout the United States and unfortunately Rochester showed up on that list of closings. Since then, the restaurant location by Trader Joe's has been sitting empty and looking sad. We asked people all over Rochester what should go in this spot and here are some excellent answers that would be perfect additions to Rochester.

As always, if you have a comment, complaint, or concern about something I wrote here, please let me know: james.rabe@townsquaremedia.com

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