There is a new bar on the St. Mary’s Strip serving up frozen daiquiris and cocktails to keep us cool just in time for summer. We sat down with Steven Martin of The Boulevardier Group to talk about the inspiration, food and drinks at Rumble.
20SA: What was the inspiration for the space ?
SM: The original idea was to have a frozen daiquiri shop. That was the idea that was pitched to me when I came on board to The Boulevardier Group. The Boulevardier Group group being the company that owns Brooklynite, The Last Word, The Old Main Association, Stay Golden Social, and we partnered with Chad Carrey to open this spot. So, the original idea was let’s turn it into a frozen daiquiri shop. This really chill spot, no fuss no frills whatsoever. Because it is an old gas station it has this very industrial feel, which is a departure from all of our other places. Old Main, Brooklynite, Last Word – they all look like cocktail parlors should. For Rumble we thought a lot of stainless steel, somewhat monochromatic and frozen stuff. The frozen drinks are only a small part of our program and we will be getting more machines.
20SA: What does Rumble bring to the strip?
SM: I think if anything it brings a spot that has a significant outdoor space. There are a significant number of places up and down the street, none of them have a space quite as large and then you couple that with the courtyard in Paper Tiger as well. And there is ample outdoor space for hanging out with friends drinking and having a good time. I think it provides people another opportunity, another spot for a little bit more of an expansive program than most other spots on this street.
20SA: Can people go back and forth from Rumble and The Paper Tiger?
SM: People are able to go back and forth. It’s the same property, it is the same liquor license. On those nights when we have a sold out show we will kind of have to mitigate that flow. On most nights it is not going to be an issue at all. [Rumble] is merely an extension of the venue, it is not separated by any means necessary. There is a very clear connection. It is a nice spot where people can come before a show and grab a drink go see a band come back and hang out.
20SA: What kind of food and drinks are served at Rumble?
SM: I don’t want people to think that this is going to be the Brooklynite or Last Word part two. The prices are very appropriate for The Strip. We don’t just do cocktails, we have a very good beer selection. This does offer a pretty holistic drinking experience. The food truck, Where Ya At, is here from 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Food is available the majority of our operating hours. It’s not just “hey there is a food truck parked at Rumble.” Really it is all one in the same. It is like having a mobile kitchen.
Rumble is open every day from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Have you been to Rumble? Let us know in the comments!