70s-themed disco bar Goodnight John Boy celebrates opening this weekend in the apartments
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The former Magnolia club space in Cleveland’s Flats district has morphed into Goodnight John Boy, a 70s-themed disco bar and restaurant.
The space, located at 1167 Front Ave., celebrates its grand opening this weekend.
The bar will host a VIP party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 21 and will then open to the public. On Saturday May 22, the VIP evening is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the bar open to the public afterwards.
The space is distinctly different from the nightclub atmosphere of Magnolia. Rather, co-owner Bobby Rutter aimed to update the bar in a “70s basement vibe.”
“We emptied the whole place, knocked down walls. We did a complete makeover, ”said Rutter. “It has disco-inspired technology – a light-up dance floor, other fun animated lights.”
(This includes a disco ball, of course.)
And what would a disco bar be without disco music? Rutter said Goodnight John Boy will feature local DJs from the 70s and 80s, as well as modern artists influenced by the era, like Bruno Mars and Dua Lipa.
The space will focus on its bar, but it will have two items on its food menu: pizza and chicken fingers. The ingredients were imported from Kesté Pizzeria in New York.
“It’s a simple, fun and retro menu,” said Rutter. “It’s two items – order when you want, we serve all night.”
Normal Goodnight John Boy hours will begin next week for Memorial Day weekend: 4:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Friday and noon – 2:00 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For now, the club will limit occupancy and enforce social distancing on the dance floor, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rutter is hopeful that, as coronavirus vaccination rates are on the rise in Ohio, the restrictions will be lifted. He’s already seen a change in customer habits and how many people are heading to Cleveland’s nightlife.
“With the number of people vaccinated, it’s a better eviction. The 50+ crowd is now coming out and comfortable. These are positive indicators, ”said Rutter. “In the last couple of weeks things have been moving in the right direction… I think it’s more fun going out now than it was six or seven months ago.
Goodnight John Boy isn’t the only property Rutter is hosting this weekend; he’s also opening the FWD Day + Night Club for the first time since July, to begin preparing his staff for Memorial Day weekend and early June shows in space. FWD, which often hosts touring DJs and musicians, will host Kaskade for a show on June 2. Rutter said the show was about to sell out.
“It’s good to get back to it. FWD is strictly in the entertainment business, and that industry has been hit the hardest without any shows, ”said Rutter. “Now that the venues are starting to reopen, the demand for this level of entertainment is very high. “
You can find more information about FWD at fwdnightclub.com and Goodnight John Boy at goodnightcle.com.
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