ST. PETERSBURG, FL — A hybrid live and virtual entertainment-themed restaurant and venue is expanding into St. Petersburg.

RockHouse Live International will open its newest location downtown, according to a news release, though an exact address wasn’t provided.

The concept already has five other locations, including two in Florida — one the Clearwater Beach flagship location at 207 Coronado Drive and the other in Key West — as well as two venues in Memphis, Tennessee and one in Oxford, Mississippi.

The St. Petersburg location will have indoor and outdoor seating, a full kitchen, and a full liquor bar. It will also use technologies by its publicly traded sister company, VNUE, Inc., including Soundstr, a music recognition technology platform, and instant live recording.

RockHouse Live was created by restaurant and entertainment veterans Zach Bair and Jock Weaver.

Bair has founded and worked with multiple companies, including PowerUp Networks, Immediatek, DiscLive, VNUE and Stagelt.

During his career, Weaver has led more than 50 merger and/or acquisitions of companies valued at more than $350 million. He previously served as president of Hard Rock Café International and ran TBA Entertainment. He also purchased The Village at Breckenridge in Colorado and sold it to Vail Resorts and also acquired Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, selling it to the group that became part of Live Nation.

“I am so excited to welcome St. Pete into the RockHouse Live family,” Bair said. “For the last year I have had so many people come to me and ask if we were going to put a location there, and I am very happy to finally say that we are! Downtown St. Pete is an amazing, vibrant hub, and we are looking forward to bringing our delicious food, our music, and our vibe to this eclectic and fast-growing area, and becoming an integral part of the community.”

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