HOP ON OVER TO ROCKHOPPERS
Located along the Kiski River at First Street and Kiski/Astronaut Way in Apollo, PA, Rockhoppers Restaurant is now under new ownership.
We were surprised when we first went into Rockhoppers thinking it was just a bar with perhaps bar food, to find that not only does it have a full service bar, but also some of the best food this side of the Kiskiminetas!
“We did a lot of renovations after we took ownership of this restaurant (formerly Moseys)” says, co-owner, Karen Klingensmith. It used to be a smoking establishment and was very musty and old.” We literally cleaned every inch of the booths, chairs, tables and walls.” We expanded the restaurant and added new items to the menu,” “We kept some of the original menu items that were from the old owners such as the spaghetti sauce which was a recipe in their family for ages.” We kept the wings and some other items but we added a lot of our own recipes including my bacon Cole slaw.” (It was the best I ever had by the way!)
“My son, Brad, has been in the restaurant business since he was 15 years old. He always wanted his own restaurant and he is one of the cooks here. “ “I work another job. I am a business person.” “So, we decided when this place came up for sale to go for it.” “I chose the name “Rockhoppers” because I like penguins.” “My son thought it was a good name too.” “We have plans to expand by adding a patio by the river and a dock so kayakers can park their kayaks and come in for a cold drink and some food. We are going to add boxed lunches to our menu to make it easier for people going down the river to enjoy a stopover for lunch.” “We are also adding steps from the river up to the restaurant for anyone who wants to come inside.” “We also have plans to have Karaoke starting on Thursday nights and acoustic live music and perhaps a D.J.” “That’s all in the near future.” “We are excited about our new venture and we are doing well since we opened our doors in January of this year.”
And you will be excited too. The down home atmosphere, the wait staff, the food and the ice cold tap beers are worth the trip alone! But the fried apple dumpling is the star here. It’s a whole apple cored out and filled with caramel and then deep fried. You can have it with or without ice cream. We chose with ice cream, of course. “It’s worth coming to Rockhoppers just for the fried apple dumpling” as one customer, Tammy, said on her way out the door!
Here are some of the menu items we tried. Moderately priced and opened every day. Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight. The bar stays open until 2 a.m.