How it Started
Hot Rocks Creative Diner & The Brock House Kitchen & Bar
Chris Neshevich knew he wanted to be in the restaurant business. He and his two cousins, Rick Neshevich and Gus Milosh with the help from their families opened Tat’s Restaurant at The Oshawa Centre in 1977. The job ignited Chris’s passion for restaurants and a respect for all it takes to be successful in a competitive industry.
Years later, cousins Chris & Rick went on to establish Shrimp Cocktail in 1990. Shrimp Cocktail, became a restaurant “to see and be seen”. Shrimp Cocktail was buzzing with packed crowds, unique flavours and sophisticated atmosphere made everyone come back for more. With the success of Shrimp Cocktail underway, three years later Chris decided to start a new business venture Hot Rocks Creative Diner, which opened in Whitby. Hot Rocks was another huge success! It was then, three years later Chris’s personal friendship with Russ Kent led to a lasting business partnership at Hot Rocks. The pair shared a commitment in making customers happy and welcomed the opportunity to create another unique dining experience.
Shrimp Cocktail & Hot Rocks become reputable names in the restaurant industry and Award Winning restaurants in the Region. Long time residents of Durham, Chris & Russ have always been thankful to area residents and businesses who have given their patronage over the years. As a way to pay back, Chris and his wife Kristine through the support of restaurants and their staff host several charity events every year. Shrimp Cocktail and Hot Rocks have given over $25,000 to the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre, and countless charities in the community such as the Durham Region Humane Society, Simcoe Hall Settlement House, Durham Children’s Foundation just to name a few. The restaurant owners, have always felt it’s important to support the community they live in, especially a community that has helped them maintain their business for so many years.
With the success of both restaurants Neshevich and Kent knew they saw a vision for another restaurant in Durham Region. A new restaurant that would combine their history with the family atmosphere of Tat’s Restaurant, the casual fine dining atmosphere of Shrimp Cocktail and the casual bistro-dining atmosphere of Hot Rocks.
Opportunity came knocking on their door, when the restaurateurs purchased the former Krebs Family Restaurant and embarked on an ambitious five month massive renovation. The building’s transformation into an urban chic environment was a labour of love, taking on much of the physical labour themselves.
Opening to rave reviews in March 2009, The Brock House turned into a feel of a Muskoka Cottage meets Whistler Chalet. With warm woods, a stone fireplace and a centre bar that has become a favourite gathering place add to the restaurant’s charm. Comfortable booths invite conversation while private dining rooms provide a welcoming backdrop to special occasions, including anniversary celebrations, retirement and graduation parties, and even weddings and wedding receptions.
The Brock House and Hot Rocks are still owned and operated by Chris & Russ and have become home to so many in the area. Both restaurants are open 7 days a week. Be sure to visit The Brock House or Hot Rocks, even if it’s just to say hello to your friendly neighbours, Chris & Russ.