From the car parts on the wall to the band jam sessions, Chops Roadhouse promises a relaxed, laidback atmosphere.
The spot on the corner of Broadway and 11th has formerly hosted the Roadhouse, which hosted rock acts from out of the area and Knockin’ Boots, a country bar.
It reopened as Chops Roadhouse in December and owner Preston Hood said the bar has a consistency now he said wasn’t there before.
“We’ve rearranged the whole thing,” Hood said. “It’s a completely different look.”
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The bar opens at 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Card players can test their skills during the bar’s weekly Wednesday poker tournaments.
The bar will play rock on Fridays and country on Saturdays. Since the reopening, Chops Roadhouse has hosted bands such as Running Down Romance, Crossing Levi, and Stereomonster.
“It’s just a lot of fun,” Hood said. “It’s more fun. It’s not uptight.”
Once a month, the bar also hosts Random Band Jam, an open mic night for musicians. Musicians sign up, listing what instrument they play and are matched up randomly to jam onstage.
The variety show is hosted by the house band, Sarah Jeanne, Tony Skahan, Austin Davis and John Phillips.
“It’s kind of an open mic, full band deal,” Hood said. “We’ve done it twice now. It’s really good.”
Hood said they are only hosting the jam once a month right now, but trying to get the word out.
The next Random Band Jam is Wednesday, Feb. 16.
Sara Pauff, 706-320-4469