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The last note has been played at an Elmhurst club, but the owner is hoping to get the bands back together down the line.
Blackthorn 51 owner Nicki Camp announced Nov. 14 that the club at 80-12 51 Ave. just off Queens Boulevard that opened in 2012 would close permanently amidst the pandemic.
Outdoor dining was still new for most city restaurants when the city made it permanent. That and new indoor dining regulations soon will be tested under cold weather conditions.
And with all the uncertainties, the city’s Office of Nightlife on Tuesday hosted a Zoom presentation that linked more than 1,000 people to experts from eight city agencies in an effort to make the coming months at least a little less tough.
When Gov. Cuomo announced last Thursday that casinos and video lottery terminal facilities would be allowed to reopen on Sept. 9 with a 25 percent occupancy limit, the staff of South Ozone Park’s Resorts World Casino breathed a sigh of relief.
They weren’t alone. State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) promptly sent out a press release heralding the return of one of South Queens’ biggest economic generators and employment for many of the casino’s workers, over 80 percent of whom live within a 10-mile radius of the facility.
As the city slowly returns to a new normalcy, with gyms reopening and a plan for indoor dining resuming, the rules on live performances continue to change, forcing venue owners to take matters into their own hands — the New York Independent Venue Association sued the State Liquor Authority on Aug. 25 for what it says are unconstitutional restrictions that are destroying businesses.
Just a few weeks ago, the SLA allowed restaurants and other food and beverage establishments to offer live entertainment to their customers as long as the venues could accommodate health and safety guidelines and appropriate certification. However, only musical performances were allowed — “All other forms of live entertainment, such as exotic dancing, comedy shows, karaoke, etc., are not permissible currently regardless of phase,” the agency’s website stated.