Believe it or not, this building was the former home of Mulligan’s on Hertel, one of Rick James’ favorite clubs in Buffalo. Then, for years there was an antique shop located inside, and now the use is changing back to… well, not a discotheque, but a live music joint. Owner/operator Tony Carrubba is planning on bringing a live music scene to east end of Hertel, and will feature bands on a platform stage in the front window of the 3500 square foot nightclub. “I’m hoping to jumpstart this end of Hertel,” Tony told me. “The plan is to feature live music and entertainment, and as for the crowd, we’ll play it by ear – it really depends on who shows up to listen to the live music.” There are no confirmed bands on the opening line-up so far, but the hunt is on.
Regardless of the type of crowd, one thing is clear. More than anything else there will be a mix of music lovers – on the club’s Facebook page the Hertel Lounge is already searching for local bands to play. As for a timeline, the club may be opening as early as this Friday. It would be great to see this place get a jumpstart with a few really good Buffalo bands. Other than live music, Hertel Lounge also features billiard tables, a jukebox, dart machines, and will sell appetizers (hours are 8pm – 4am).
1669 Hertel Ave.
Buffalo, New York 14216