Rock With Rolls: Catfish Alley Features Southern Menu Plus Live Music and Dancing
It may seem a bit out of place, catfish and Southern “fixin’s” on the Las Vegas Strip, but the owners of the Catfish Alley have struck a creative new tune: Putting live music and a dance floor in a restaurant.
“The goal is to have an event every night and make it a fun, happening place to be, said managing member Rod Gaines. “We’re trying to open 300 locations around the country in the next five years. We want to have fun and create jobs.”
Performances by the Supremes, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson are shown on TVs when there is no live music.
Catfish Alley Restaurant is serving up real Southern food: Fried catfish, black-eyed peas and peach cobbler.
The location is good, too; the Hawaiian Marketplace needed some type of attraction other than the occasional hula dancers and trinket kiosks. Now, there’s Motown!
If you like Motown music, this is the place to hang. Just get a load of the stars who were at the event’s April opening: Otis Williams of the Temptations, Jackie Jackson of the Jackson 5, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Bubba Knight of Gladys Knight and the Pips, LaMonte McLemore, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis of The 5th Dimension, J. D. Nicholas of The Commodores, Harry Elston of The Friends of Distinction, Clarence Collins of Little Anthony and The Imperials, Farrah Gray, international bestselling author, Richard Roundtree, Star of the Movie “Shaft,” London-based Concert Promoter David Gest, and Jason Winters, Manager of Janet Jackson.
That’s a lot of rock with your rolls.