Rita's Roadhouse didn't pull any punches as far as the entertainment options. The place has a mechanical bull, an enormous dance floor, dueling pianos and bartenders who dance on the bar when they aren't dazzling the waiting, thirsty crowd with a trick pour. One gets the impression that, left unchecked, they might have added a bowling alley or an arcade.
You also get the impression Rita's had franchising in mind right from the start. It isn't hard to see the idea of a watered down and somewhat family friendly Coyote Ugly taking hold and spreading itself into suburban pockets across the country. The atmosphere is somehow both bland and exciting, and lends itself well to parties.
In addition to dancing bartenders, crowd pleasing DJs, and a country-lite theme, Rita's also offers a pretty solid menu. The pizza here is from Mama Romano's, native to the Chicago suburbs. Sandwiches, salads and more are also on offer, and everything runs from around $7 to $20.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Bill Burman