Royal Oak’s Rock on Third expanding outside space

The Rock on Third is about to become
literally that, thanks to an expansion project set to begin next week.

The
downtown
Royal Oak bar and restaurant plans to add 30 outdoor seats in
front of its building on 112 E Third St. and on a new patio on the side
of it. That will add to the eatery’s interior capacity of 137 people.

“The
concept is for the owner to be more competitive in the summer time,”
says Jason Krieger, owner of downtown Royal Oak-based Krieger Associates Architects,
which designed the addition. “There isn’t much room on the sidewalk in
front of the building.”

The
restaurant plans to rent two automobile and one motorcycle parking
space on the side of the building from the city. It will put its
seasonal patio there, along with a row of tables in front of the
building on the sidewalk.

Renting parking spaces to expand
restaurant serving areas in the summer time isn’t new. Downtown
Birmingham has already allowed a couple of its restaurants to rent
parking spaces, expanding their outdoor seating.

The Rock
on Third
expects to open its new outdoor seating, a $25,000
investment, by mid-April.

Source: Jason Krieger, owner of
Krieger Associates Architects

Writer: Jon Zemke