New York City Bars Mourn As Allman Brothers Band Residency Comes to an End
With the Allman Brothers Band in the midst of rounding up their career with a run of dates at New York's Beacon Theater, one group of people are particularly sad to see them go. For the restaurant and bar owners in the immediate vicinity of the venue, the Allmans' annual residency has been tremendously profitable.
“The crowds are happy and excited," Tal Lavi of the Amsterdam Ale House told the Wall Street Journal. "It’s a party, not just a bite or drink before a show. It gets very crowded. Can’t-walk-to-the-bathroom crowded. But it’s good people in a good mood, so it never gets obnoxious. And it’s like that all over the Upper West Side.”
The Allman Brothers Band have performed more than 230 shows -- all of which have been sold out -- at the 2,894-seat venue since 1989. The tradition has caused some local businesses to change things around to cater to the band's audience. 'Cesca, an upscale Italian restaurant, stocks up on Jack Daniel's and Pabst Blue Ribbon for the occasion.
“We always welcome a group of guys who ride their motorcycles up from Georgia and serve dinner to some band members and their guests,” said general manager Todd Whiteman. “Overall, it’s a different crowd for us -- guys who may look like dirty rock and rollers but buy expensive wine and enjoy great meals. It’s great business, and great fun for all of us.”
Back in June, the Allman Brothers announced that they will retire as a unit after their six shows at the Beacon ends this coming Tuesday (Oct. 28). Unlike previous runs, the band will not have any special guests “We held a meeting yesterday and we decided that there’s only six gigs left, and we’re going to play them ourselves,” Gregg Allman said earlier this week. “There will be no one sitting in.”