Downtown bar reopens Friday

It was country. Then country and rock. And now it's just rock.

Friday, the downtown Columbus hot spot formerly known as Knockin' Boots will reopen as The Roadhouse, new owner Jimmy Golden said this morning.

"We'll be having bands from all over the country. We're not doing any local bands," said Golden, who owned past Columbus hot spots like 4th Quarter.

Working with a booking agent from Virginia Beach, Golden hopes to boast a music list diverse enough to separate the bar from local hot spots where local cover bands dominate the entertainment lineup.

The Roadhouse will open to partiers Friday, when Dothan, Ala.-based rock band Jury will perform. Saturday, the bar hosts Pensacola, Fla.-based party band Rumor Mill.

Both shows start at 10 p.m. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5, the average cover Golden expects to charge at the bar.

Golden expects his hot spot will participate in the frequent Broadway block parties in which one cover gets a patron into the majority of downtown bars.

For now, the bar, located at 1047 Broadway, will be open only on Fridays and Saturdays.