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NEWS | May 17, 2012

Feedback results in opening of JB Charleston Sports Grill

By Senior Airman Anthony J. Hyatt Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Joint Base Charleston introduced its new Rookies Sports Grill during the grand opening May 11, 2012 at the Charleston Club thanks to feedback from its Airmen.

The opening of the sports grill included welcoming comments from Col. Richard McComb, JB Charleston commander, Rookies new buffet line, a pizza eating contest and a Texas Hold'em Tournament. Calvin Taylor, singer and guitarist from the Original Drifters, was the special musical guest for the event.

Many Airmen have expressed their need for a location for the younger crowd on base and the feedback was received by the 628th Force Support Squadron.

"The sports grill was a great idea, because it was something this base needed," said Senior Airman Michael Thorndike, from the 628th Communications Squadron. "It gives Airmen another place to hang out or eat at, instead of the going off base. It also makes the club a more attractive place to go to."

The new grill was not developed for only younger Airmen.

According to Lt. Col. Danny Davis, 628th FSS commander, Rookies exists for the Airmen, their families and the retirees. One of FSS's goals is to help build a sense of community, which Rookies is doing.

"Rookies is an entirely new concept to the Charleston Club," said Rob Cocker, Joint Base Charleston club manager. "Rookies offers a sports grill themed menu featuring pizzas, sandwiches, wings, pasta, salads, ribs and even some foods under 400 calories. There is something for everyone."

The sports grill, decorated with sports memorabilia and a full service sit down dining experience, has four big screen projectors and 10 television sets stationed throughout Rookies. Tables also include table speakers, so customers can listen to any sports game on any TV.

Rookies will also offer monthly programming to include Trivia, Open Mic Night and live entertainment from some of Charleston's best musician's, according to Cocker.

Rookies Sports Grill is open Monday through Friday with table service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rookies Grill is available Wednesday through Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m.

For more information on JB Charleston's Rookies Sports Grill, visit