You know that weird little concrete stairwell on Dickson Street? The one that leads up into (seemingly) nowhere?
There’s a decent chance that you’ve walked by it a thousand times and never noticed it, but there are some big things in the works around that tiny area between 21st Amendment and Rogue.
21st Amendment owner Zac Wooden recently leased space next door to his bar that was once part of Rogue, and began a construction project that will utilize the old stairwell to provide access to a new rooftop patio and bar overlooking Dickson Street.
Wooden said the new rooftop area should provide about 1,300 more square feet for 21st Amendment, and that he’s seeking a permit that will allow for construction of an overhang patio area that will extend over the sidewalk similar to the street-facing patio at Hog Haus.
“I’m really excited to get this finished,” he said. “It’s going to be an awesome place to hang out up there.”
Wooden is also working to turn some of the newly leased street level space into a late-night, authentic mexican taco shop called Los Bobos.
“We’re talking to some people, and working on recipes right now. It’s going to be real, taqueria-style tacos,” he said. “We’re working on an al pastor taco that’s going to be killer.”
To start, the taco shop will be open Thursday through Saturday from around 5 p.m. until 4 a.m. “We’ll start small and see how it goes. If it’s successful, we’ll definitely expand the hours,” said Wooden.
Dickson Street regulars may have also noticed that Roger’s Rec now has an outdoor patio area. Wooden recently leased another part of Rogue to provide the new space which opened a few months ago.
Wooden said he believed the owners of Rogue were looking to downsize a bit so he jumped at the opportunity to expand.
“I’d always wanted to add a patio, but my building is built to its limits,” he said. “This really worked out for everyone.”
Wooden said construction of the rooftop patio and the taco shop should be complete sometime in September.