The former Roux House bar downtown will reopen in the next two weeks as The Register Bar, a nightclub that will feature live music.
Developer and downtown restaurateur Rick Volland says he and his partners—John Leatherwood and Trenton Wilson—are putting the finishing touches on the space, which has been renovated and “cleaned up a little bit.” They’ve removed some of the booths that lined the walls to give the space more of an open-air feel.
Inside, full-service bars both upstairs and downstairs will offer a wide selection of whiskey and bourbon. The Register will also host regular events designed to introduce patrons to new whiskeys and wines on a regular basis.
The bar’s target market will be the mostly Gen Xers, who were among the original patrons of The Roux House when it opened on Third Street in the early 2000s. Live bands will likely skew towards rock and roll, though there will be a mix of musical genres.
“We’re trying to bring back some of the crowd that used to hang out at Roux House,” Volland says. “Roux House has a lot of memories for a lot of people. You’d go there after a night out when you weren’t ready to go home yet. We’re hoping to bring back that crowd.”
Volland is no stranger to the downtown scene. With Wilson, he owns Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar, located on North Boulevard. He also owns Stroubes and Capital City Grill.
The Roux House was one of the pioneer establishments of the downtown revitalization in the early 2000s and for years it drew a steady and loyal clientele. In 2016, restaurateur Ian Vaughn purchased the bar from its founder and owner, Jack Warner, with plans to convert it into a gastropub called Repeal 33. But the changes were never implemented.