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Fred Tremblay devours a forkful of Penne Lane on Rock Creep Tap and Grill's opening day, on Wednesday. Times-Herald photo by Nathan Liewicki
By Nathan Liewicki
Waitresses ran from table-to-table collecting orders, while line cooks fired up the grills. Only 90 minutes after opening their doors, the Rock Creek Tap and Grill was busy catering to the food and drink requests of Moose Javians.
“We are pretty well right on our expectations,” said Jeff. “We were hoping the dining room would be full and it pretty much is full. Everybody is excited about the first day opening. They want to come try it, so it has turned out really well.”
The ‘kicked-up casual’ restaurant, which opened to the public at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, is hoping to attract Moose Jaw citizens hungry to enjoy a fantastic meal, and maybe a drink or two. It is located at 857 Thatcher Drive - just west of Sobey’s - and has the ability to seat up to 170 people of all ages and from all walks of life.
People who come down to Rock Creek will see the array of art that graces its walls, both in the restaurant area and the lounge. Included in the art collection are images representing the Moose Jaw Warriors, the Tunnels of Moose Jaw and graffiti capturing the city’s downtown.
“We wanted to keep it unique to us, but also to Moose Jaw, just to make everyone feel that we are local and Saskatchewan-based. We want our customers to feel that we appreciate Moose Jaw,” said Ashlea.
The couple also had a huge say in the design and layout of the restaurant.
“We had some say in it, but there was a design we went with. We did change a few walls in some areas,” noted Jeff.
“We changed the bar to the horseshoe bar, but as far as fabrics and colours go, we had a huge say in that. We were able to pick most of the things that are in here and design it to our preferences,” said Ashlea.
The Streets, who have three children, used to farm about 600 heads of cattle just outside of Moose Jaw. They have also been in the abattoir business and built homes, but they are looking forward to impressing everyone who walks through Rock Creek’s doors.
“I love my kids, but I’m glad to be at work,” said Ashlea.
There are a few small details the couple has to work out as far as the daily specials and routines go, but Jeff said everything is pretty well in place.
“Everybody is loving it. Everybody is happy. Everybody is smiling. Everybody seems to love the place,” said Jeff. “They are loving the food and enjoying themselves. It’s just a great atmosphere.”
It didn’t hurt that Seaborn’s Insurance Agency and Grower’s Direct sent over a number of flower bouquets to mark the opening of the restaurant. Jeff and Ashlea are very appreciative of the gesture and are looking forward to seeing Rock Creek prosper.
Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks