Joe's Pub Will Take Summer Hiatus as Public Continues Renovations
31 Mar 2011
The Public Theater's music and nightlife venue, Joe's Pub, will shut down in early July to undergo renovations as part of the organization's revitalization of its 158-year-old home, the former Astor Library.
The Public broke ground on the $35 million renovation March 9, 2010, putting focus on a restoration of its original façade, expansion and updates to the main lobby, and a new centrally located box office.
Joe's Pub, which opened in 1998, will also get a facelift. The venue will go on hiatus beginning July 1 in order to allow for a reconfiguration of the seating plan, which will eliminate standing room, expand seating capacity and improve sightlines across the entire venue. The Pub is set to reopen Oct. 1 and will retain full bar and dinner service.
Patrons will also access Joe's Pub through a new entrance directly through the main lobby of the Public Theater. The Pub's current separate entrance directly on Lafayette Street will be closed.
Restroom and dressing-room improvements are also planned.
"The much loved look and feel of Joe's Pub will be kept intact with a few fresh details and tweaks and with the major change being the layout of the venue," said Joe’s Pub, LLC designer Serge Becker in a statement. "The theme is still an elegant modern cabaret space in a soaring neoclassical room."
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