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Restaurateur wants Rocky Point to be year-round dining destination

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By Vince Luecke

ROCKY POINT – Summer and fall are long gone but Jim Weeks' Rocky Point Grille is growing its menu and adding seats to serve customers year-round.

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Weeks, a retired conservation officer with years of experience in food service, including hosting pig roasts for gatherings, purchased the business more than a year ago and recently installed a heavy-plastic enclosure over a large exterior deck. That has allowed him to seat customers outside, giving diners a view of the Ohio River and spectacular sunsets.

"This time of the year, the sun sets right over there and it's just beautiful," he said. A propane heater easily heats the enclosed dining area.

The restaurant also has an indoor seating area and is drawing customers with several specials, including Wednesday wing nights that include Weeks' special smoked wings.

Thursday is Italiano night with spaghetti and lasagna while Friday diners can indulge in prime rib and all-you-can-eat fish and chips.

Sunday's special is fried chicken. Also on the restaurant's menu are several fish dinners, frog legs and a range of appetizers and desserts.

All meals are prepared to order, Weeks said. "We're not serving fast food, so there can be a bit of a wait when we're busy. But we serve great food."

As county-tourism officials work to draw visitors to the county during the winter off-season, Weeks said the Rocky Point area, so popular during the summer, can become a winter destination, too, for its scenic beauty.

"People think Rocky Point and they think warm weather and bikinis," he said. "There's a lot more year-round."

Rocky Point Waterfront Grille is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Weeks said he takes reservations for groups Mondays and Tuesdays and can cater gatherings on and off site.

For more information, call 547-2210.