City Club of Boise Virtual Conversation: On the rocks: Bars, restaurants and music venues in the time of COVID
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About the Event
The global pandemic has affected business and industry in countless ways, but few sectors have been as disrupted as the very places where we have always turned when we wanted to eliminate our social distance: bars, restaurants and music venues.
Spikes in COVID-19 have forced these food and entertainment venues — so many small businesses run by local entrepreneurs — to simply close for weeks, and to be on the front lines of enforcement and scrutiny when they have been able to reopen in fits and starts. Experts expect many of these businesses may simply not make it through.
But this great challenge has spurred great creativity among Idaho business owners. A group of restaurateurs and local farmers created an ingenious way to keep talented chefs and other workers employed and keep locally grown food in demand — all while serving very real needs in the community. Another coalition developed protocols and approaches designed to keep patrons safe while they are being social. Music promoters and performers have been forced into creative approaches as well — outdoor shows, online concerts and more.
Though the city has tried to increase its flexibility on outdoor dining and gathering to help local establishments stay open, winter weather threatens this approach. This will be a crucial few months for locally owned businesses.
Join the City Club of Boise as we explore the challenges facing Boise's food and entertainment businesses. We will hear from:
- Dave Krick, managing partner of Bittercreek Alehouse, Red Feather Lounge and Diablo & Sons Saloon, Board President for City of Good, Board President for FARE Idaho and Community Board Member for Boise Farmers Market.
- Rocci Johnson, the doyenne of Downtown's music scene, owner of Humpin' Hannah's bar and venue, board member of the Downtown Boise Association, and co-secretary of FARE Idaho
- Eric Gilbert, a founding leader of the Treefort Music Fest and owner of The Duck Club, a major music promoter in Boise, and member of Save our Stages.
Moderator: City Club of Boise president Karen Sander
This program will be delivered online using the Zoom platform.
This program is free, thanks to the support of our generous sponsors. City Club of Boise's Premier Sponsor is Northwest Nazarene University and the NNU College of Business and our Annual sponsor is St. Luke's Health Systems.