Chef Mike Cordero expands sports bar empire with Rockwood in Gainesville

Mike Corder, a chef from Northern Virginia, will be opening his latest D.C. area sports bar on Thursday, May 31. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
Mike Corder, a chef from Northern Virginia, will be opening his latest D.C. area sports bar on Thursday, May 31. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality) (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
Rockwood Sports Bar is Cordero's eighth Northern Virginia establishment, most of which are in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
Rockwood Sports Bar is Cordero’s eighth Northern Virginia establishment, most of which are in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality) (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
Rockwood Sports Bar is at 7505 Iron Bar Lane in the Virginia Gateway shopping center. It occupies almost 5,000 square feet in a former Ruby Tuesday restaurant space in Virginia Gateway's Atlas Walk area. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
Rockwood Sports Bar is at 7505 Iron Bar Lane in the Virginia Gateway shopping center. It occupies almost 5,000 square feet in a former Ruby Tuesday restaurant space in Virginia Gateway’s Atlas Walk area. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality) (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
Rockwood Sports Bar seats 200 between three full bars, 50 barstools, 450 indoor tables and 20 outdoor tables. It has two large patios, one with a better garden theme. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
Rockwood Sports Bar seats 200 between three full bars, 50 bar stools, 450 indoor tables and 20 outdoor tables. It has two large patios, one with a better garden theme. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality) (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
The American-themed menu includes wings., fried chicken, pork belly Cuban sandwiches and bacon- chicken fritters with chipotle radish sauce, plus a red velvet milkshake. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
The American-themed menu includes wings., fried chicken, pork belly Cuban sandwiches and bacon- chicken fritters with chipotle radish sauce, plus a red velvet milkshake. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality) (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
Cordero's MACNAC Hospitality is leasing the space from Peterson Companies. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
Cordero’s MACNAC Hospitality is leasing the space from Peterson Companies. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality) (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
Cordero's other restaurants include A-Town Bar Grill, Barley Mac, Bronx Pizza and Subs, and Don Tito, all in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, plus Don Taco in Alexandria and Primetime Sports Bar and Grill in Fairfax. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
Cordero’s other restaurants include A-Town Bar Grill, Barley Mac, Bronx Pizza and Subs, and Don Tito, all in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, plus Don Taco in Alexandria and Primetime Sports Bar and Grill in Fairfax. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality) (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
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Mike Corder, a chef from Northern Virginia, will be opening his latest D.C. area sports bar on Thursday, May 31. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
Rockwood Sports Bar is Cordero's eighth Northern Virginia establishment, most of which are in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
Rockwood Sports Bar is at 7505 Iron Bar Lane in the Virginia Gateway shopping center. It occupies almost 5,000 square feet in a former Ruby Tuesday restaurant space in Virginia Gateway's Atlas Walk area. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
Rockwood Sports Bar seats 200 between three full bars, 50 barstools, 450 indoor tables and 20 outdoor tables. It has two large patios, one with a better garden theme. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
The American-themed menu includes wings., fried chicken, pork belly Cuban sandwiches and bacon- chicken fritters with chipotle radish sauce, plus a red velvet milkshake. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
Cordero's MACNAC Hospitality is leasing the space from Peterson Companies. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)
Cordero's other restaurants include A-Town Bar Grill, Barley Mac, Bronx Pizza and Subs, and Don Tito, all in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, plus Don Taco in Alexandria and Primetime Sports Bar and Grill in Fairfax. (Courtesy MACNAC Hospitality)

WASHINGTON — Veteran Northern Virginia chef Mike Cordero opened the newest addition to his stable of D.C. area sports bars with Rockwood Sports Bar in Gainesville, Virginia, on Thursday.

Rockwood Sports Bar is at 7505 Iron Bar Lane in the Virginia Gateway shopping center.

It occupies almost 5,000 square feet in a former Ruby Tuesday restaurant space in Virginia Gateway’s Atlas Walk area. Cordero’s MACNAC Hospitality is leasing the space from Peterson Companies.

Rockwood Sports Bar is Cordero’s eighth Northern Virginia establishment, most of which are in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor.

In December, Cordero opened the G.O.A.T., a 10,000-square-foot, two level sports bar with more than 50 HD televisions in a former Hard Times Cafe space in Clarendon.

His other restaurants include A-Town Bar Grill, Barley Mac, Bronx Pizza and Subs, and Don Tito, all in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, plus Don Taco in Alexandria and Primetime Sports Bar and Grill in Fairfax.

Rockwood Sports Bar seats 200 between three full bars, 50 bar stools, 45 indoor tables and 20 outdoor tables.

It has two large patios, one with a better garden theme.

The American-themed menu includes wings, fried chicken, pork belly Cuban sandwiches and bacon-chicken fritters with chipotle radish sauce, plus a red velvet milkshake.

Cordero, a Bronx native, also has his own wine label, Cordero Wines, and his own line of hot sauces, Bronx Tale.


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