Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley reopened after being shut down for greater than a yr. The venue was capable of convey again half of their staff.
SEATTLE — Seattle’s music venues are making a comeback after 15 months at the hours of darkness.
“It’s arduous to explain, it feels wonderful, there’s rather a lot occurring,” mentioned Ari Dimitriou, supervisor of Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley.
Greater than a yr later, the nook of sixth Avenue and Lenora Road is rocking once more.
“We’ve been closed for 15 months so there’s been numerous atrophy that we’ve needed to account for,” mentioned Dimitriou.
Jazz Alley’s doorways had been closed for its fortieth anniversary. On Thursday, music was lastly performed for a crowd desirous to be entertained.
”I believe it’s been fairly profound, a inventive outlet, artwork, and music, these are important, we’d like these to heal and simply be folks,” mentioned Dimitriou.
Dimitriou says he needed to lay off 65 staff at the beginning of the pandemic. He’s since been capable of convey again half of these staff.
Whereas the doorways had been closed, the music joint made a number of Covid updates. Plexiglass dividers had been put in, HVAC upgrades, and air purifiers had been added.
“It’s been numerous work, so I believe it’s paid off,” mentioned Dimitriou.
Jazz-lovers will solely refill half of the area. Fifty-percent capability guidelines are nonetheless in impact till the state’s anticipated reopening June 30.