The former Village Gate nightclub in New York City’s Greenwich Village, which shuttered about 14 years ago, reopened in June under new ownership and a new name –but with a very familiar feel.
Co-owners David Handler and Justin Cantor are consulting with former Village Gate owner Art D’Lugoff to recreate the 1,100-capacity Le Poisson Rouge’s art cabaret vibe with a healthy mix of live music and entertainment.
“To us, this space was hallowed ground, and its history as the former Village Gate was important to us, as well as wanting to pay homage and reconnect with the man who got that started,” Handler told the New York Times. “And the aesthetic is similar: eclecticism as the goal with our bookings and art we present.”
D’Lugoff has also revived his “Salsa Meets Jazz” series with an Oct. 13 concert featuring jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis, conga master Candido Camero and the big band Latin jazz of Bobby Sanabria, the Times said.
The 12,300-square-foot nightclub boasts a full surround sound system and flexible seating that can accommodate a fixed stage with table seating for jazz, rock and big band ensembles, an intimate, in-the-round setting for acoustic, blues or classical music and plenty of room for dancing or SRO gigs.
Concerts already on the books through mid-April include They Might Be Giants, Ronnie Spector, Afrika Bambaataa, Les Nubians, John Wesley Harding and Rosanne Cash, to name a few.