Dixon emphasized the new Riff Raff Tavern on Canal will retain the musical focus on rock/southern rock/country/blues that its predecessor had.
“The format will stay exactly as it was,” Dixon said. “I feel that is the best fit for that location.”
Evolution 804 Nightclub, which had been planned for 804 E. Monument St. in The 804 Building, “is on hold for now, but may move forward after litigation is finalized,” Dixon said.
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Dixon is planning to open the new Riff Raff July 15 and to be open from 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily after the grand opening.
“Smokin’ Guns rock band will be our opening act on July 15,” Dixon said. “On July 16, we are hosting an after-party for the RiverScape Blues Festival.”
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The new Riff Raff Tavern, located at 130 N. Patterson Blvd., will open with a staff of about 12, which could expand to as many as 20 in the fall, Dixon said. Mike and Bev Schmidt opened Riff Raff Tavern in 2013 after remodeling a formerly vacant structure.