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Hanging at the Rockhouse

Red River Rockhouse serves rock climbers and locals in the heart of the Red River Gorge

Photo: Aaron Brouwer
Photo: Aaron Brouwer
Photo: Aaron Brouwer
Photo: Aaron Brouwer

The clientele of the Red River Rockhouse, an eclectic American cafe located in one of the most popular rock climbing meccas on Earth, comes from all over the world, with a strong local following.

As avid rock climbers, “We started the Rockhouse to allow our daughter, Ayla, to grow up playing in the woods in and around the Red River Gorge,” says co-owner Aaron Brouwer, who opened the restaurant in September 2011, along with his wife, Tina, and Chad Lembree.

“Our customers all seem to have their favorites, but our burgers, made with grass-fed and fully pasture-raised beef from our friends Will and Ashley Meurer at Wholesome Living Farm or Heather and Reed Graham over at Holly Creek Farm, are our most ordered and loved item,” Brouwer says. At left, Natalie serves Tabor, a regular, the veggie burger plate with spicy colby.

Brouwer, who is a self-taught chef, says, “The Rockhouse is known for supporting local farmers and artisans and serving beef, pork, cheeses, eggs and as many veggies as we can as the growing season allows.”

Located at 4000 State Route 11, Campton, and served by Licking Valley RECC, the restaurant is open Thursday-Monday, March through November, and on nice weekends during winter with a select menu.


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