ABOUT OUR GROUP
A LITTLE HISTORY
In the summer of 2010 the founder and sole owner of Torino’s Entertainment Group, Gene Roumell, had an idea to add a much-needed option to Midland, Texas’ limited nightlife variety. That summer, sitting on the back patio of a friend, he bounced a few ideas off a group that met regularly to have a couple cold beers and play some cards. The owner of the home, Kelly Tucker, had a few more questions than most about that idea. Fast forward a couple months, an agreement was struck, hands shook, and the concept of Torino’s Pizza Bar was born.
Torino’s Pizza Bar opened it’s doors on May 18th, 2011. Following quickly in it’s footsteps was the Upper Deck, a shortly lived venture located above Torino’s Pizza Bar. Later, in the summer of 2012, came a second location called Redneck’s Drafthouse & Billiards located on the corner of Midland Dr. and Neely Ave. By the end of 2012, Mr. Tucker had decided his life needed to go in a different direction and sold his half of both Torino’s Pizza Bar and Redneck’s Drafthouse & Billiards back to Gene, and left the company to pursue other successful ventures. By May of 2013, the demolition and remodel of the old Upperdeck was completed, and The Boardroom opened it’s doors to the public directly above Torino’s Pizza Bar.
Fast forward about a year and a bar directly across the parking lot from Torino’s Pizza Bar, called Woofer’s and Tweeter’s, became available for sale. After a few months of negotiating a deal was struck with the owners, and in August of 2014 Rockstar Karaoke, INC. was born. Also acquired at this time was 4,000 sq/ft of office space which is now the present location of the home offices of Torino’s Entertainment Group. Early in 2016, the bar above Rockstar Karaoke was remodeled into Redneck’s Drafthouse, with the old location shut down due to a property owner change and their desire to go in a different direction with the shopping center. Torino’s Entertainment Group has 4 different venues in 2 locations to choose from. We hope that you’ll enjoy your experience in all our venues, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
–Torino Himself, Gene Roumell