The wait is almost over for the return of the shows.
At Bear’s Smokehouse in New Haven, general manager Julien Garcia says their goal this summer is to get as close to normal as possible, which means the return of comedy and music.
âJust to see people laughing again and just to see people enjoy it. It has been a difficult year for all of us, âsaid Garcia
With the pandemic restrictions lifted, they plan to hold weekly events in the restaurant’s outdoor space starting next week. He says it’s the next step in bringing people back and building consumer confidence.
âIt will be a slow process for the industry to get back to where it needs to be and for people to feel a little more comfortable,â Garcia said.
That’s why, after the state restrictions are lifted on May 19, they’ll keep much of the protocol in place, like the plexiglass around the bar and between the stands. He says they plan to slowly remove the barriers over time.
The restaurant is also expanding the catering service to another entertainment space: the new Westville Music Bowl.
âThis is a dream come true so I’m really proud to represent what is now reality,â said Ward 26 Alder Darryl Brackeen Jr.
Once home to the Connecticut Open, the last title was won in August 2018. Starting Friday, the musicians will take center stage.
âWhen you see all of the renovation, you will see that this building was perfectly equipped for concerts,â said Keith Mahler, owner and operator of Premier Concerts.
The plan was to welcome spectators in 2020 after an agreement between the city and the New Haven Center for Performing Arts. The pandemic has postponed the launch until this year.
âA year later, we led as a state, across the country, our immunization efforts,â said Maritza Bond, director of health in New Haven. “And [we] have now been able to open up to great events like this, so that we can get back to what we do best.
There are 22 shows scheduled this summer. Tickets are available in groups of up to four people. This follows pandemic safety guidelines and they could be reviewed after May 19.
âI just know that a lot of memories are going to be created here. Memories are going to be made here in Westville, âsaid Brackeen.
Socially distant headquarters go fast. The concerts are scheduled until the end of June and many of them are already sold out.