Rockey's Dueling Piano Bar to close after May 18

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- Rockey's Dueling Piano Bar, which has been open since 2010 in downtown Gainesville, will close after a show on May 18 as the bar's owner moves on to open a new seafood and entertainment restaurant in Celebration Pointe.

The bar stands out from others in downtown, featuring hits played on dueling pianos on a stage.

In a press release, it was announced that Rockey's co-owner Brad Heron will join a team that is opening The Keys, a new seafood and entertainment restaurant in Celebration Pointe, this summer. The Keys will continue Rockey's legacy, featuring the two dueling pianos.

“We’ve been blessed to have an amazing run with great patrons these past 10 years and look forward to bringing that same energy level to entertain everyone at The Keys,” Heron said in the release.

The final shows at Rockey's will start on Thursday, May 16, running each night starting at 8 p.m. and culminating with the final show on Saturday, titled "Final Celebration Before Celebration Pointe."

Rockey's is co-owned by partner Scott Schmailzl.

The Keys will be opened by Heron and two other partners, Tony Espetia and Diego Ibanez. Espetia is the former owner of Rum Runners and Fat Tuesday, while Ibanez is the co-owner of Emiliano's Café.