"We had people that were leaving early at the other place because the music would start," he said. "It was all set up in one area."
The couple brings a wide range of music to town. Salsa, jazz and blues all are played within the walls of the lounge area in the back of the house. There is no cover charge for the bands, Rob said.
"We've had bands here from out of New York City, Washington, D.C. and all kinds of other places," he said.
Their restaurant is a halfway point for many musicians on tour, Rob said. Bands often are traveling and opt to spend the night in Elkins.
"And they'd rather play someplace when they stay over in a town," he said. "And I always feed them when they play here."
Although the couple is proud of their contribution to the local music scene, they both consider their business a restaurant with a lounge attached than the other way around, Rob said.
Food is a restaurant's bread and butter, he said.
The most popular dish at the restaurant is the cachapa, a traditional Venezuelan dish that is similar to a Mexican taco. Instead of a hard corn shell or a soft tortilla, the chicken or beef is wrapped in a fresh ground corn wrapping similar to a pancake.
Rob and Derdlim often have to overcome some misconceptions about Venezuelan food.
"People always ask if it's really spicy," Rob said. "It's full of spices, but it's not really hot."
Derdlim typically uses cumin and garlic in her dishes.
Popular appetizers are the tostones, which are deep-fried plantains. The restaurant also serves fajitas and sandwiches among many other dishes.
Derdlim takes great pride in her work.
"She makes all of the salsa, the homemade sauces," Rob said. "She even buys the pork and hand pulls all of it once it's cooked."
The restaurant is in downtown Elkins. Its website can be found at www.elgransabor.com.