New ownership and the 2008 smoking ban has morphed Morgan’s Place into a two-part, crowd-pleasing location.
Nonsmokers no longer have to miss out on the bar experience. The old dining room, formerly a drab back room, has been rebranded as the Rockville Room. The renovation adds not only a more vibrant dining area, but also provides nonsmokers with a space to enjoy live music and drinks.
Deep red paint offsets a wall mural of the Rockville train bridge, giving the room its name and personality. The newly added bar and a grand piano don’t overpower the dining room, but instead complement it and help provide an enjoyable, smokeless dining and bar experience.
Live entertainment occurs throughout the month. Catch pianist Bob Barry from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 1 and March 29.
On our visit, we noticed that The Rockville Room attracted a range of customers — from families dining out on baskets and sandwiches to formally dressed couples enjoying a steak or seafood dinner.
Down the hall on the same night, Big Woody’s Beach Bar and Grill was packed with people drinking and dancing to music by Shea Quinn and Steve Swisher of the Luv Gods.