Aerosmith drummer opens cafe at Sunday River

Joey Kramer

This should get coffee-loving skiers back in the saddle again. Bad boy from Boston Joey Kramer is opening a cafe on the slopes of Sunday River. Ready to walk this way?

Come December, Aerosmith’s drummer opens his first Rockin’ & Roastin’ Café & Restaurant in Newry. A coffee entrepreneur since 2012, Kramer and business parter Les Otten, former vice chairman of the Boston Red Sox, add some needed glam to them there hills. Kramer plans to open a second — Joey Kramer’s Rockin’ & Roastin’ Café — in North Attleboro, MA. soon.

How did he go from banging out 70’s arena rock to blending organic beans?

Rockin' & Roastin' - Ground Roasts

On tour with Aerosmith while Tyler and Co. were up to their shenanigans, Kramer was seeking a perfect cup. When Joe couldn’t find decent joe, he took matters into his own hands. Enter Rockin’ & Roastin,’ an organic line of the rockers favorite coffee regions — Guatemala, Ethiopia, Sumatra — blended with a fierce backbeat.

The cafe/restaurant takes over the Phoenix House & Well and affords killer caffeine and epic views of Sunday River Mountain.

Rockin' & Roastin' - At the Mountain (c. Allevato Architects) (1)

How it will look

“Les Otten is a legend in skiing, and I couldn’t be more amped to partner up with him in this venture,” said Kramer in a prepared statement. “When I started Rockin’ & Roastin’ in 2012, I always hoped it would lead to opportunities in the restaurant industry and this one is a dream.”

Soon apres skiers will be dreaming on with Kramer’s drum kit from the recent Aerosmith “Global Warming Tour” on display and the venue’s multiple bars and live music line up.

By day baristas prepare a variety of coffee drinks served with baked goods and sandwiches like “Janie’s Got a Bun” and “Livin’ on a Wedge.” Upstairs expect full-service dining. Sounds like Hard Rock North. And we are ready for this to roll.

Note to Renys: Black leather is the new flannel. Time to stock up.


Kathleen Pierce

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A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.