Pete Rose will help the Rip Rap Roadhouse restaurant and bar — the successor to the popular biker bar Jackass Flats at 6024 Rip Rap Road in Dayton — celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, April 16.
There are many different levels in which fans can interact with the Major League hits king — and his appearance is one of several events scheduled for that day. Here’s what to know about Pete’s visit and the Rip Rap Roadhouse grand opening:
• Pete will be featured at a VIP lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. Tickets are limited and cost $200; call (937) 236-4329 for information. After the lunch, the former Reds player and manager will speak from the outdoor stage if it isn’t raining, or inside the restaurant if the weather is poor. There will be a Q&A session after the speech.
• Autograph signings, memorabilia purchases, and photo opportunities will follow the Q&A and will extend through 5 p.m., when Pete will be inducted into the Rip Rap Roadhouse Hall of Fame.
• In addition to Pete Rose’s appearance, Jasmine Cain, described as “a female rocker in the motorcycle culture,” will perform from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; local blues-rockers The Eric Jerardi Band will play from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and country rockers McGuffey Lane, which performed at the venue when it was McNasty’s three decades ago, will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wristbands for the event can be purchased at the gate for $5.
• Pete Rose will sign merchandise and personal items for a fee, and event organizers recommend that attendees pre-order merchandise by calling (937) 236-4329 or by stopping by the bar in person. Those who pre-order will be able to pick up merchandise at the grand opening, or any time afterward. There will be only a limited amount of merchandise available at the event for signing, so pre-orders are recommended.
Here are some examples of pre-order merchandise that will be signed by Pete Rose: Cincinnati Reds Jersey with statistics, $185; baseball signed “Pete Rose 4256,” $60; baseball with inscription of “I’m sorry I bet on baseball,” $85; Rawlings bat, $115; 8 x 10 photo (various to choose from), $50. The cost of signatures for items that fans bring to the event: “A” Ticket ($45): baseball, bobblehead, photo’s up to 8 x 10, book, magazine, baseball card, score card, game ticket, tee shirt; “D” Ticket ($90): Jersey, bat, glove, mini helmets; and several other packages available. Fans who have something else to be signed will receive a price at the event.
• Rip Rap Roadhouse’s restaurant has undergone extensive remodeling for more than a year, including a significant expansion to the kitchen. The bar area, which seats 70, was gutted and rebuilt, and the dining room, which seats 84, were renovated in the building that dates to 1853, according to owner Jason Wadzinski.
“We wanted to make our grand opening a big deal,” Wadzinski said. “That’s why we have Pete Rose and McGuffey Lane. We added Jasmine Cain to appeal to our customers who like to ride motorcycles, and Eric Jerardi to represent our great local musical talent.”
The restaurant and bar are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. For more information, call (937) 236-4329 or check out the Rip Rap Roadhouse Facebook page.
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