Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Nov. 29, 1999

Uptown Bar in Waverly becomes Rocky's

By Andrea Vargo

A new business, new partners, a new baby: lots of changes are taking place for Mark and Nicky Sinnott of Howard Lake.

The Sinnotts and Chris and Michelle Kieser of Long Lake are partners in the newly named Rocky's Bar and Grill in Waverly.

Recently, the Sinnotts and the Kiesers purchased the Uptown Bar from Rosemary Jenkins of Waverly and renamed it Rocky's Bar and Grill.

Mark works a daytime job at Randy's Sanitation, as does Chris. Mark is a dispatcher and Chris is a driver. They have known each other for a very long time, said Mark.

Nicky and Michelle, who will both be home with children during the day, will run the business from 4 p.m., when the bar opens weekdays.

The husbands will babysit after they get off work, and this will solve day care issues, Mark explained.

The newly acquired business is a chance to become more involved with the public, said Nicky.

She was tired of factory work and the commute to Chanhassen, she said.

The purchase of the business gives both parties a chance to better their futures by owning their own business, stated Mark.

The guys will do the heavy work, and the ladies will do the cooking, he said.

All have to learn how to bartend, though.

For a while that won't be a problem, since the bar has a license only for beer.

The Sinnotts and the Kiesers plan to lobby the Waverly City Council to grant them a liquor license, and they hope the council will place the issue on a ballot for Waverly voters to decide.

Their menu is small, but varied. Food will be served in the evenings and on weekends.

Future plans include an oven and other additions to the kitchen area.

Now, they are kept busy with cleaning and painting. In the spring they will tackle the exterior of the building, said Mark.

As far as entertainment is concerned, karaoke is tentatively on the schedule for New Year's Eve.

Also, pull-tabs are available in the bar from the Waverly Lions, said Mark.

During Sunday football, the owners offer a free pop or tap beer with a sandwich or dinner basket, and other specials are planned as they get into the swing of owning a bar.

Snowmobilers will find specials to entice them to make a stop at Rocky's, and a grand opening is planned for January, after Nicky and Mark's baby is born.

Rocky's opens at 4 p.m. weekdays, Saturdays at 10 a.m., and 11 a.m. on Sundays, said Mark.

He hopes people will stop by, introduce themselves, and enjoy the changes, as they take place over the next few months.

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