Longtime riverfront business Rocky’s Sub Pub has closed its doors, its ownership group confirmed.
The Italian American restaurant was owned by the same group that owns local restaurant Buckhead Mountain Grill, which has a location just down the street from Rocky’s Sub Pub in Jeffersonville, Ind.
Insider Louisville reached out to co-owner Wes Johnson who deferred comment to spokesman Michael Getz. Getz forwarded a statement from the company’s ownership group.
“After 42 years serving Southern Indiana and Louisville, we regret to inform you that Rocky’s Sub Pub in Jeffersonville has closed. We would like to thank our loyal guests for their years of patronage and our amazing employees who helped build and run Rocky’s for over four decades,” the emailed statement said. “We are working to help our employees secure positions in other area restaurants and are actively exploring opportunities for other uses for the property. Thank you.”
Getz did not immediately respond to follow-up questions.
According to the website for Rocky’s Sub Pub, the restaurant opened in 1977 on the day that Elvis Presley died, Aug. 16, and was founded by John Fondrisi, a Bronx native and grandson of Italian immigrants. The restaurant was originally located on Main Street in Jeffersonville but later moved to Riverside Drive, offering views of the Ohio River bridges and downtown.
Rocky’s is the second restaurant in that area to close in the past two months. Bristol Bar & Grille ceased operations at its location in the Sheraton Louisville Riverside Hotel on Sunday, March 18, after its lease expired; the hotel is temporarily operating a full-service restaurant called Bridge and Barrel in the space while it searches for a new tenant.