The latest news from the Towne Crier Cafe.
We’ve been promising you exciting news for a while now, and at last we get to deliver it: In the spring or early summer of 2013, the Towne Crier Cafe will move to Beacon, NY!
In a beautiful old building on Main Street, we’re going to build the new Towne Crier Cafe. Our intent is to keep the same great vibe, but with state-of-the-art sound and lighting. With a little more seating room, which we will be able to open up when needed, we’ll be able to add some bigger acts to the lineup. And the food — we’re going to upgrade the menu to the kind of locally sourced food that will draw you in even without the music.
We’re thrilled that we’ll be staying in Dutchess County, and we’re excited to be part of this blossoming community of Beacon. For some of you, the ride may be a little longer, for some a little shorter. But, wherever you are, we promise you this: The Towne Crier Cafe’s new location will definitely be worth the trip.
Thanks for your patience during the long search for our new home. We expect to make a seamless transition when construction at 381 Main Street is complete. Until then, we’ll be presenting five great nights of music & dining every week right here in Pawling. Hope to see you soon!
Peace on Earth,
After a Year-Long Search, the Towne Crier Cafe
Sets its Sights on Beacon, NY
Main Street location will be the new home for the Towne Crier
PAWLING, NY, Jan. 21 — For the past year, Phil Ciganer has been searching for a new home for his Towne Crier Cafe. And now he’s found it. In the spring of 2013, the legendary live music club will move into a renovated industrial building in the heart of Beacon, NY.
“It’s the ideal location,” says Ciganer, who founded the Towne Crier in 1972. “Beacon has a revitalized downtown, a thriving arts community and easy access from the whole Hudson Valley.”
The move was prompted in early 2012 when the club lost its lease on the Pawling, NY, location that had been its home for nearly 25 years. “We briefly considered closing our doors,” Ciganer says, “but the overwhelming outpouring of support inspired me to pursue a new and better vision of the Towne Crier.”
Ciganer’s search took him throughout the Hudson Valley, and many towns attempted to lure the club. But in the end he was drawn to Beacon, with its Lower Main Street Historic District that is bustling with galleries, restaurants, boutiques and shops. With its vibrant arts scene, some new arrivals have even taken to calling it BroNo — Brooklyn North. “And we stay right here in Dutchess County,” he says.
It was 40 years ago that Ciganer opened the Towne Crier Cafe, in an old stagecoach stop in Beekman, NY. The club has changed location twice over the years, but it has never altered what Ciganer sees as his mission: to present world-class musical talent, along with promising up-and-comers, in an intimate club environment. On its stage have appeared such greats as Lucinda Williams, Randy Newman, Richie Havens, Pete Seeger and Levon Helm.
The new Main Street location, Ciganer says, will enable him to build a new Towne Crier, while keeping the same great vibe and respected listening environment that music & dining enthusiasts have enjoyed for four decades. He plans to increase seating by more than 50 percent, but with a flexible floor plan will allow him to adjust the seating to the act. State-of-the-art sound and lighting will be installed. And while the dining has always been a Towne Crier attraction, he plans to update the menu to focus on locally sourced food. “It’s going to be the kind of restaurant people will want to visit even when the stage is quiet.”
While the new location is under construction, the Cafe will continue to serve up a full menu of music and dining at its current Pawling location. “We’re planning on a seamless transition,” says Ciganer. “Our fans have kept us going for four decades, and we have no plans to stop now.”