The first thing you notice about River Rock Cafe Inc is the posters—a pastiche of classic rock paraphernalia covers the long, narrow dining-room walls, an ever-expanding testament to owner Greg Kimbrue’s twin passions for music and art. Greg—whose original career ambition was to be a high-school art teacher—spent years assembling the vast collage with concert posters from his personal collection. The hodgepodge aesthetic spills onto the pool tables, which are similarly shellacked, and influences the jukebox that fills the dining room and sidewalk patio with classic-rock melodies until 2 a.m.
Though the interior is decidedly retro, the building itself hails from an even earlier era—1869. Greg has preserved the space’s old tin ceilings, white oak floors, and narrow room, which proves an ideal venue for DJs, dancing, and post-dinner chorus lines three nights a week. When it comes to the food though, Greg goes for timeless American; hearty steaks, ribs, and fried fish pair with a robust cocktail and beer menu.