Ripper Owens Tap House, the "rockin' sports eatery" in Akron, Ohio co-owned by powerhouse American vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH), is moving to a new location. Owens says: "We are not moving because we could not afford the rent or lack of space; we are moving because the current lease term was up and we could not come to an agreement on a new lease. So starting today, the owner of the building, Russ Mazzolla Jr., will open his own restaurant at the current location. I have agreed with Russ to keep the Ripper Owens Tap House name for the next 30 days so he can slowly move in and make his changes and we can slowly move out and find our new location. The Ripper Owens Tap House name, menu and world tour of wings will all go with me at the end of the 30 days!
"Starting today, there will be no live entertainment at the current location. Russ will fill you in on what format and menu he will be offering.
"Let's all help Russ out and get him off to a great start. I'm sure you will still see me there having dinner and removing my photos... lol.
"Also... With this move comes exciting news... A new partner! It is none other than Micah Posten. Micah is a friend and a very successful businessman who has the passion and a lot of great ideas for the new Ripper Owens Tap House! We will strive to improve every aspect of the Tap House and have a top-notch staff with a lot of familiar faces and also a few new ones. As soon as we have more info, we will pass it along to all of you.
"As of today, Randy Arehart will no longer have any involvement with the Ripper Owens Tap House. He has decided to pursue other interests, both personally and professionally. I myself would like to thank Randy for all the great things he has done and the excitement he brought to the restaurant and we wish him the best of luck!
"Thanks for everyone's patience and I look forward to seeing you all real soon."
Video footage of Owens performing acoustic versions of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's "Old City Bar" and JOAN BAEZ's "Diamonds & Rust" (also recorded by JUDAS PRIEST) on November 25, 2011 at Ripper Owens Tap House can be viewed below.
Owens joined forces with Arehart to re-launch the Tap House on Waterloo Road in Akron, Ohio in October 2010 to become Ripper Owens Tap House. Guests such as Wendy Dio, Simon Wright and Don Jamieson from VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" were in the house that evening and it was a special event for both Owens and Arehart.
According to CantonRep.com, the Tap House "is decorated with artifacts of Owens' heavy-metal adventures, including signed guitars from PRIEST axemen K.K. Downing and Glen Tipton, Ripper's studded leather PRIEST jacket, autographed photos of ANTHRAX and PANTERA, a large collection of backstage passes and more. There's even a poster from the 2001 film "Rock Star", which stars Mark Wahlberg as a fledgling rocker loosely based on Owens."
"Our motto is that everybody needs to be treated like a rock star," said Owens in a 2010 interview.