Live music venue Connie’s Ric Rac is reopening Thursday night after some renovations, with more seating, draft beer and big plans for food starting in March.
Ron Bauman, a new partner in the Italian Market bar at 1132 s 9th St., said they are extending the bar six feet toward the stage. The soundboard is getting pulled out from behind the bar and they’re building a booth on the opposite wall.
They are adding seating in the storefront next door, which now is being used mostly for storage. Leaning elbow rails with bar stools will ring the main room. A four-tap kegerator will also be installed, bringing draft beer there got the first time.
“Once thats done, we’re going into overdrive with opening the kitchen,” Bauman said.
They’ve hired a chef, Sean McMonagle, to create the menu and oversee the kitchen. The plans are still in the works but Bauman said they’ll have an “extensive french fry topping menu, with hand cut fries and slicers mounted to the wall, a lot of toppings and dipping sauces.”
Bauman said the changes are intended to enable them to be open more than just Wednesday through Saturdays when they have shows. “With the kitchen open, we’re going to start opening earlier in the day, and likely six days a week, potentially seven.”
If you like Connie’s particular bit of grunge, don’t worry.
“We’re trying to be very careful about not trying to mess with the foundation,” said Bauman. “You’re never gonna confuse us with The Irish Pub, or the Tin Angel in Old City.”