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The future of nightlife in Buffalo

Posted at 7:37 AM, Aug 13, 2020

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A night club transforms into a restaurant.

“To be honest, I never had any intention of opening a restaurant but it was important to get our workers back working again,” Chris Ring, Owner of Rec Room said.

Plexiglass dividers, tables set up six feet apart, and a brand new brunch and dinner menu-- Ring has taken his business in a new direction for right now as COVID-19 turns off the lights on dance floors.

“People are still fearful of what’s happening and they want to ease their way back into this but as time goes on," Ring said. "People miss that social interaction and hanging out, it is a vital part of being alive.”

“We are all hoping everything will come back next summer we are kinda just waiting to see,” Tim Walton, assistant manager at VENU said.

VENU hasn’t opened it’s doors since March. Hosting events from 200-600 people-- VENU focuses on larger events and gatherings.

“We are a concert center and event center so to be able to do something where you’re used to having 700 people to cut down with social distancing to 200 people it’s very hard to do something so we are struggling and waiting to see what the next guidelines are,” Walton said.

Safety is the number one priority for Ring and he says he thinks people will be excited to come back when we get the green light.

“Buffalo is an eating and drinking town and I don’t see that changing anytime soon,” Ring said.