The Roasting Room music venue has been laying dormant over the summer because of COVID-19, but is now opening it’s doors to patrons who want have a drink and enjoy the atmosphere — even if there is still no live music, yet.
"The Corner Perk really owns the building," said Jordan Ross, The Roasting Room’s Captain of Live Acoustical Taming & Talent Acquisition.
"They own the liquor license, so it’s really theirs to do what they’d like with. Since we’re the production company puts on all of this stuff, we can dial back and can still have happy hours. We’re going to end up playing some live streams that artists have put out that we’ve had in the past, and we’re going to put them up on the screen. There’s not going to be any live music until we start back up. It’s just going to be a come-as-you-are, grab a drink and be in the space, kind of thing."
From Wednesday until Saturday, The Corner Perk will be open from 6-8 p.m. for Happy Hour. If things go well they plan to continue keeping the bar open, with the usual social distancing guidelines, of course, until live music can come roaring back sometime in the (hopefully) near future.
In the meantime, there are other ways to support the Roasting Room such as purchasing gift cards for future shows.
"We’re still encouraging people to buy tickets to the shows and eventually it’s going to happen," said Ross of currently postponed scheduled events.
"If we have to move it again, we’ll move it again, but buy knowing that eventually it will happen. If you’re local, it shouldn’t affect your calendar too much to move it to a Thursday or Friday down the line."
For music venues, artists, and fans, it has been a bummer of a summer, but Ross and his Roasting Room staff are still hopeful.
"Yeah, it’s been a bummer, but it’s been a blessing, too," said Ross.
"We’ve put off a lot of upgrades that wouldn’t have had time to do otherwise. We’re trying to find all of the positives we possibly can. I feel like we’re going to be in that positive when we come out of it. We’re not going to have any capital to work with, but I think we’ll have pent up demand when we open back up, so we’ll be in a good place eventually. We’re optimistic."