Cuyahoga Falls -- A longtime city resident brings his established Aurora eatery to Cuyahoga Falls, moving it into the former site of the original Rockne's on Hudson Drive.
Treichels Bar N Grille, a mainstay at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets since 2008, pulled up stakes last September. Owner Bob Treichel said the building he was renting was "dilapidated." The building that housed Rockne's and later Becker's, had been empty for two years.
Treichel, who has lived in Cuyahoga Falls for 40 years, said it's "good to be home." He opened his new place Jan. 20. "It's a good spot. I'm very happy with it. This has been a restaurant for a long, long time." Treichel said he's heard the building was originally a train station.
He said he was keeping an eye on the Becker's location after it closed. Owner Rockne Becker had moved to State Road, renaming his place Rock Fresh. When a "for rent" sign went up, Treichel contacted the building's owner, and started in September setting up there.
"We kept the same menu as the old place, and that's worked out well," said Treichel, who co-owns Treichels with his son Rob Treichel, and business associate Donna Sindelar. "Rob is the bar manager, Donna is the manager of the whole place and I take care of the kitchen."
"We brought the menu because we sold so many hamburgers and fries, roughly 20 tons of french fries, at the old place. We have hamburgers, wraps, french fries -- we're known for our french fries," said Treichel. "You can eat as many as you want." Dinners, burgers, sandwiches and wraps come with "endless fries."
Treichels has a full bar, Treichel said, adding he transferred his liquor license from Aurora to Cuyahoga Falls. He credited former deputy development director for Cuyahoga Falls, Jennifer Syx, for helping him get his new place up and running.
Prices have remained the same, Treichel said, except for beer, which is lower than it was at the old location. The new Treichels occupies 1,700 square feet, seats 80 customers and employs 15 people, many of whom started at the Aurora location.
Treichel is a car and motorcycle enthusiast as well as an antique collector, interests that are evident in the mementoes that fill his establishment. Patrons on the grille side encounter a hostess station made from an antique Coke cooler.
On the bar side, customers can sit at a table built around a 1950 Indian motorcycle encased in glass. And the walls on both sides are covered with all kinds of nostalgic memorabilia.
Treichels Bar N Grille is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Phone: 330-541-9400 ext.4168