Sammamish resident Rob Rosemont was looking for a career change when he happened upon a “for sale” listing of Fall City’s iconic The Roadhouse Restaurant and Inn. Running a restaurant felt like an exciting challenge, so in August 2016 he bought the establishment and closed the chapter on his high school teaching career. Many locals know The Roadhouse as a great place to grab a steak or a slice of pie, but Twin Peaks fans know it as The Bang Bang Bar. The exterior of the restaurant was filmed for the show, and the inside was shot at a different location. Summer is peak season for the restaurant, with tourists, river floaters, hikers, and golfers making their way through the small town shrouded by evergreens. We caught up with Rosemont to hear how his new gig is going and to discover a few of his favorite things.
The Roadhouse, of course! However, if I am leaving my own place, I always enjoy a good steak at Jak’s Grill in Issaquah.
To Grab a Drink
Sip Wine Bar & Restaurant in the Issaquah Highlands. It has a good vibe and a great selection of wine.
To Be Inspired
My house — my family inspires me.
My family loves to go to Hawaii. We enjoy both Maui and the Kona Coast on the Big Island.
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. It has great lessons on how we should view and live our lives.
Guns N’ Roses for energy; to relax, The Eagles.
“Character is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.” — JC Watts
Who Inspires You?
My wife and my dad — they are both such positive and friendly people.
Google Maps — I would be lost without it (literally).
Last Thing You Googled
“Best breakfast restaurant in Seattle” — I always like to research other restaurants to see what they are serving.
How many people come to The Roadhouse because they are Twin Peaks fans?
Overall, it is a small percentage of our guests, but being part of the show is definitely a benefit for The Roadhouse. We host several events during Twin Peaks Fest in July.
Owning the restaurant and inn is a second career for you. Is it the change and challenge you were looking for?
I was looking for a challenge and adventure when I bought The Roadhouse, and it has certainly been that. While I do miss being a teacher, it has been a nice change.
What’s one thing on the menu everyone should try?
Our housemade meatloaf.
What local activities do you like to get out and do?
I love watching baseball. My son plays and I try to go to every game.