Chris Adler is making good progress on his new Big Whiskey Grill in Richmond. The Lamb of God 's drummer has just updated the restaurant's Facebook page to show the most recent improvements to the space, which he says will open in October.
The Big Whiskey Grill will offer a 700-bottle whiskey selection, 150 craft beers and a 200-bottle wine list. It will also feature two separate kitchens to accommodate people with allergies and dietary restrictions, an idea sparked by Adler's wife, who suffers from severe food allergies.
You'd think that starting up such an extensive bar would indicate that Adler was some sort of whiskey aficionado, but he tells ABC News Radio that that's not true. "In fact," he reveals, "one of the things that really drew me in to taking part in this and being involved is that I'm not even a fan. What I found out is that there's really quite a culture around whiskey and drinking whiskey and...the kinds of whiskeys that are very popular for different reasons. So I'm learning now but it's one of the things that kind of got me interested in doing it because I knew I wouldn't be drinking the profits."
Adler also adds that he plans to be out front at the Big Whiskey Grill. "I won't be in the back behind a purple rope holding court," he says. "I'll be behind the bar serving up the gold."
Lamb of God has been largely on hiatus since singer Randy Blythe was accused in the Czech Republic of being criminally liable for the death of a fan who had died after sustaining a head injury during the band's show in Prague. Blythe was acquitted of criminal liability in the incident in March 2013. Other than a couple of one-off shows, all has been quiet on the band's musical front, and Blythe is said to be putting the finishing touches on his memoir.
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