Rock Top Bar to reopen with a new name

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Rock top Bar and Grill located on Blairs Ferry Road NE closed last month. It was only open for four months. Local businessman Richard Pankey and his team Meatball Inc. are going to manage the bar when it re-opens.

He says the owner told him that the current model needed an upgrade. Rocktop will now be known as Axel’s Sports Grill. It will have an updated kitchen and is better suited for servers so people can get their food faster.

There will also be a private dining room area. The meals there will taste different because they are bringing in new vendors. Pankey hopes people who did not like Rock top will give Axel's a chance.

He says, "People came here and had one or two visits, and maybe they left not as satisfied as they wanted to be. And so with the track record that we have with our existing restaurants, we want to bring that back, and bring back that same level of service. "

This will be the 9th restaurant in the area Pankey and his team will run. They hope to have Axels open by the middle of March, and want to start hiring people sometime next week.