Vue Lounge, one of downtown’s most distinctive spaces, will be reopening Friday, April 30 for limited dining and live music operations after being shuttered (along with all local venues) due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Vue’s owner, Chuck Wang, announced the limited reopening of food, drink, and music service on Facebook earlier this week, noting “our staff has been working diligently converting our venue to comply with WA State’s Phase 3 Eating and Drinking Guidelines to ensure the safety of our customers and our employees.”
The venue’s capacity will be capped at 50% as mandated by Phase 3 requirements for clubs and indoor music venues, with tables permitted to seat no more than ten people. While Vue will feature live DJ performances as part of the reopening, standing and dancing remains prohibited per state guidelines, while alcohol service will end at 12 a.m.
“We are doing table reservations only with a specific time, just like a restaurant,” Chuck told DMNW. “We will only accept walk-ins if tables or booths are not sold out. We are allowed to have live DJs since we qualified under 10ft rules. Our VIP booths and tables have added dividers between them. Basically, it’s like every restaurant you go to but with live music and more club and lounge vibes.”
The club will remain open for as long as King County remains in Phase 3. On Tuesday, May 4, the state will be announcing whether any counties will be required to roll back a phase. Should King County be among that group — as local health officials suspect it might be – Chuck says that Vue will “close until further notice.”
For now, though, all performing DJs will be masked, and patrons will be required to wear masks at all times when not eating or drinking. Per Chuck, “we have sanitizer stations throughout the venue, voluntary non-contact temperature checks at the entryway, and dedicated personnel to clean the common areas every 15-30 minutes. We have just serviced our HVAC system with a new filter.”
“If you haven’t gone out to eat and drink, don’t get over excited,” says Chuck, of the important things to remember coming back to Vue. “We will stop our service or ask you to leave if you show any signs of intoxication. Please understand that we didn’t make the rules but as a venue we have to follow them in order to stay open. Please be patient with us. We are learning to adopt all the new rules and regulations.”
Reservations for Vue Lounge’s limited reopening can be made on their website’s reservation page.
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