ANOTHER CLUB BITES IT

The club formerly known as Ron’s Crossroads is gone. And this time, it’s not coming back. The building that housed the North Akron club and the former Grooveyard studio was demolished last week, ending the once-proud venue’s years of obscurity.

With a capacity around 300, it was once a significant outpost for metal bands. In recent years it was a black hole where good intentions and half-assed efforts went to die.

Into the late ‘80s, the decades-old bar was the Temple Tavern, and had a reputation for cocaine and violence. On Halloween 1989, the DEA, Akron Police Department and Summit County Sheriff’s Department raided the club and seized the property.

0bd8/1243625485-slaughter.jpgThe 1990s were good years. After 21 years working with Firestone, onetime bartender Ron Trocchio acquired the liquor license in 1991 and recalls purchasing the empty building from U.S. Marshalls in 1993. He envisioned a blues bar, but bands like US Metal proved to be a better draw. Soon, Ron’s Crossroads was a nationally known metal bar. Trocchio partnered with Mitch Karczewski’s Spotlight Talent to bring in national bands like Slaughter (pictured), Overkill and Sevendust. Local bands like Sinomatic, Spawn and a series of Tim “Ripper” Owens outfits packed the room on weekends. By 2003, Trocchio planned to retire. He sold it to a group of partners including Shawn Hackel, local frontman of alt-rock also-rans Cyde.

“I’m not sorry [I sold it],” says Trocchio. “But I wish it wouldn’t have turned out like it did.”

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