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The Suburbanite
  • Ripper Owens’ Tap House rocks Akron

  • The opening of the Ripper Owens Tap House on Waterloo Road has been two years in the making for former Judas Priest lead singer and current solo artist Tim "Ripper" Owens and local restauranteur Randy Arehart who wanted to build a "Rockin Sports Eatery" that everyone could enjoy.

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  • The opening of the Ripper Owens Tap House on Waterloo Road has been two years in the making for former Judas Priest lead singer and current solo artist Tim "Ripper" Owens and local restauranteur Randy Arehart who wanted to build a "Rockin Sports Eatery" that everyone could enjoy.
    With the grand opening Oct. 16, two years of planning, layouts, taste tests, and hard work came to fruition as the Tap House opened up with a bang.
    Guests such as Wendy Dio, Simon Wright, and Don Jamieson from VH1's “That Metal Show” were in the house that evening and it was a special event for both Owens and Arehart.
    "It was a great night," Owens said. "It took a lot of blood, sweat, and hard work to get to this point, and we are just thankful to have everyone come out and have a good time."
    To build a a "Rockin Sports Eatery," you must have two things, great service, and great food to go along with that atmosphere, and the Tap House has both.
    "We take great pride in our menu said Arehart, It's more than typical bar food, You can get anything from a burger, to a steak, and our waiters, waitresses, and bartenders will be sure it gets to you in a timely manner, with a smile, and cooked the way you want it."
    The restaurant has retained the services chef Jay Saulsberry, who has helped in the process of making the family friendly menu. In addition to the food, the rock and roll atmosphere brings in people as well.
    "The Judas Priest memorabila and the various items Tim's collected over the years add to the decor of the place and it was totally a team effort," Arehart said.
    "Tim's wife helped with the design, we each collected sports items,  Ripper used his contacts in the music industry to provide him with some of the guitars and other items on the walls and it creates an atmosphere that you wouldn't find in any other local establishment."
    Anytime Thursday through Sunday, the Tap House will have a variety of drink specials, live rock performances, and other items that bring people through the doors.
    Many semi-national recording artists from NYC, Los Angeles, and even Ripper himself have performed here since the opening, but the weekends aren't the only time to go to the Tap House.
    "Those are usually our busiest times, but we do a good buisness with our lunch crowd through the work week." Owens said.
    "We have a lot of construction guys come in here during their lunch break,  a lot of other workers come in during their lunch or after work, and it brings a different crowd in here than on the weekends," Arehart said.
    Page 2 of 2 - The atmosphere is one that Owens and Arehart say set it apart from other restaurants and bars in the area, and will keep people coming back for more.
    "Our policy here is to treat everyone like a rock star, and that means great service from our staff here, and make sure your experience is a quality one that will have you coming back," Ripper said.