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Whiskey Barrel Saloon ‘different’

Bar boasts stage, covered patio

Published: Saturday, June 21, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 12:00 p.m. CDT
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(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
The Whiskey Barrel Saloon in Rock Falls has large-screen televisions all over the bar area, tuned to different games and events.
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(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
Meghan Pistole, a bartender at the Whiskey Barrel Saloon, mixes a Bloody Mary.

ROCK FALLS – The idea to open Whiskey Barrel Saloon was a long time in the making.

Raul Molina, who owns the new Rock Falls bar at 305 W. Second St. with his wife, Jackie, has been around the bar business his whole life, he says. His father was a lifelong member of the Latin American Social Club. Raul, too, used to be a member.

“I always wanted to do something on my own,” he said. “But I was involved in that. ... I’ve been wanting to do this for years.”

About 3 years ago, he and Jackie took the plunge and bought some property. More property went up for sale when a dentist’s office on the block burned down, Raul said, so they bought that property, too.

The massive bar they built there opened earlier in the summer.

“It’s different,” Raul said. “It’s something new downtown, something that was needed.”

The bar boasts vaulted ceilings, stonework on the walls, two billiards tables, video gambling, an outdoor covered patio, and a stage – where bands play every Friday and Saturday night.

There’s a kitchen, too. When it’s up and running, Raul says, the place will serve standard bar grub: burgers, wings, tacos and the like.

It has a large grassy area outside where Raul hopes to build a fence. Within it, he envisions picnic tables and a place to play bags.

Check out the business online at facebook.com/whiskeybarrelsaloon305.

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