Rochester Pub & Eatery Closes

Over the weekend of July 11-12, the Rochester Pub & Eatery closed up, marking the end of a 10 year run under the current ownership. I was familiar with the place due to it being the monthly host of the excellent Kitchen Party, which will resurface in a new home. I heard about the closing a week before it happened, and was able to produce a sketch of the place while it was still operational. During the sketching a few people came to visit me after dining in the pub, including an artist who had done a watercolour of the place a few days before, and a family who had been going there for 13 years (the 7 year old son made his first visit when he was 4 days old!) With the closing of the Rochester on the same weekend as Mugshots marks the end of yet more venues in the city that once hosted legendary monthly dance parties. Here's hoping something similar will fill the void.