Northampton Arts and Entertainment Scene Stays Strong in 2014
For years, if not decades, naysayers have been noting some sort of nebulous decline in the area's leading arts and entertainment city.
And while other nearby towns' arts scenes have grown exponentially, Northampton still seems to be holding its own and drawing people from far and wide to experience its arts, entertainment, and restaurants.
One key piece of evidence that Northampton is still a destination for arts and entertainment is the fact that venues still want to be part of its vibrant downtown scene. The last 12 months saw a glut of new bars and restaurants opening in the city.
Just at the end of 2013, Filos, a Greek bistro, opened its doors and has been doing solid business ever since. Sitting just at the end of downtown across from the Academy of Music on Main Street, the eatery is run by Konstantinos and Sunita Serrios, who also own Florence Pizza.
Over on the east side of town, two new venues were launched in 2014: The Platform Sports Bar and One Bar and Grill. The Platform sits in the Union Station building along the bike path and adjacent to where the new train stop will be starting in a few weeks. Owners Jeremiah Micka, John Rhoades and David Fortier basically gutted the interior and brought massive renovations to the site. It now features an 80-foot U-shaped bar and 20 flat-screen TVs.
The One Bar and Grill owners Matt Gibb and Laura Pomponio also took the former Tully O'Reillys/Elevens space and refurbished it to give it a fresh look and dynamic ambiance. Other new venues that opened include Banh Mi Saigon, a Vietnamese restaurant, and The Green Room, an upscale cocktail bar. A new wine bar, Convino, is finishing up construction in Thorne's Market and should be open in early 2015.