NEW YORK (AP) A restaurant in New York’s financial district opened on Friday to the music of waitresses.
The Music and Arts Bar at the corner of 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue opened at 6 a.m. for an evening of music by a jazz band, followed by a live performance by the Broadway-style ensemble “The Rhythm Guys.”
The bar is not part of a new program in which patrons pay a minimum of $20 a day to pay for a free pass to the theater.
The new event comes amid a national push by patrons and restaurants to embrace new musical tastes, a trend that is drawing comparisons with the popularity of shows like “Hamilton” and “Saturday Night Live.”
The Rhythm Guy has played music by the jazz trio “The Four Seasons” in previous events, but this was its first appearance at a New York venue, according to the New York Daily News.
The venue also serves food from local restaurants and a wine bar.
The bar’s chef, Kevin Fennell, said it was inspired by a favorite New York street artist who lives in the neighborhood.
“There’s no place like the Rhythm Guys.
They’re just such a beautiful group of people, they really do bring it,” he said.
The Rhythm Group, whose name is a pun on the word “rattlesnake,” performs music by artists like the Harlem Globetrotters and the Allman Brothers Band.
It was formed in New Jersey and is led by singer-songwriter John Coltrane.