Belmar has a new neighborhood bar in Rocko’s Tacos and Margarita, which brings a local-spot feel to the area.
Rocko’s opened a little less than a month ago at 6981 W. Alaska Drive. It is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m to 2 a.m.
“Things have been going great since we opened. We think of ourselves as a neighborhood bar with exquisite food, not ‘bar food,’” said general manager Omar Suner. “The area needed a local bar, and that’s why we chose it.”
Rocko’s is owned by the Little Pub Company, a Denver company that has opened bar-restaurants all over the area, from The Spot in Golden to The Pioneer in Denver.
Suner has opened and run several bars for the Little Pub Company, and he said the company always great bars and restaurants with a local vibe.
Rocko’s fits the bill, and has the perfect design for summer, with two patios — one for eating, the other for drinking — and huge, open windows that allow the summer breeze to waft through the restaurant.
The bar and kitchen both have an open design, and the interior is decorated with twists on Mexican folk tales.
Suner said the open, airy design was used to give patrons a feeling of spaciousiousness.
One of the things that makes Rocko’s unique is its late hours every day. The kitchen stays open until 1 a.m., one hour before closing time. Suner said the hours are meant to accommodate others who work in the area.
“We do that for the people around here who work at restaurants and other stores that close late, so they have a place to go after work,” he said.
“We’ve found a way to really complement the local businesses in the area, not compete with them, and that brings more people to the area for everybody.”
With a staff of about 27 people — 12 in the back-kitchen area, 15 up front — Rocko’s lives up to its owner’s name. Suner said all the employees in front are bartenders who take care of the entire restaurant, food and all.
There are also no sections, so patrons can stop anyone who works there to get help with drinks and food.
“It really helps us to work as team,” Suner said.
Scott Jennings, a bartender at Rocko’s said the employees and atmosphere make Rocko’s special.
“We’re a casual, laidback place with a looser environment,” he said. “It’s a place you can come, relax and make a little more noise.”
For more information, go online to www.rockostacos.net.