With Marino’s Lunch closing at the end of April, a few Staunton businesses want to continue the tradition of Tuesday bluegrass night.
Lewis Creek Market and Redbeard Brewing are calling all pickers to use their venues on Tuesday nights. Lewis Creek is set for this coming Tuesday and Redbeard is looking to hold a jam session May 23 with food truck Eat on the Streets serving up burgers and fries.
“I think it’s great so many places are trying to keep it going,» said Redbeard taproom manager Amanda Mace.
Bricks Restaurant and Pub in Staunton, along with Staunton radio station 106.3 WQSV’s Chuck Troutman have also invited the former Marino’s crew to play during Tuesdays.
«We are so sorry to see Marino’s closing after so many great years and memories … but we are happy to help carry on the tradition of Tuesday night music at Bricks,» the Bricks flier read.
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Lewis Creek Market
Lewis Creek Market first opened in 2014 offering gourmet treats from more than 75 local vendors — including beer, wine, cider, cheese, desserts and gifts. The shop is at the corner of Middlebrook Avenue and Church Street in Staunton and offers a dining area and outdoor patio.
After opening the grocery in November owners did the kitchen build-out and opened the deli part of the business in July of 2015.
Since opening, they have expanded to provide event space in their tasting room with on-site catering, dining in with a menu that is also available for take out, plus preparing foods for off-site catering.
«We’ve found that we have in evolved into a mostly daytime/early evening dining location, and our large inventory of local and Virginia made wines, beers, ciders, foods and gift items has expanded as we have grown,» said owner Denise Wright.
Marino’s closure has left an empty hole for many musicians in town. That’s a void that Wright wants to fill. Starting Tuesday, Lewis Creek Market will offer a gathering space for any local musician to perform.
«We’d like to see the music continue and have decided to invite everyone to our space on Tuesday evenings beginning May 9 from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. for the gathering of any musicians that would like to gather for the traditional music making that everyone enjoyed at Marino’s,» Wright said.
Wright said she will be adding a hamburger special for Tuesdays and discounts on food and drink for any musician that join. Music will be welcome inside and out.
«My employees know some of the musicians, and we are collectively mourning the loss of both the Mockingbird and Marino’s as music venues,» Wright said. «Staunton is a live music-loving town. I’ve also had lots of customers ask if we would host live music, but in our growth process we haven’t decided how best to do that. We have had music here for private events and the acoustics inside are really great, plus we love to gather outside on the patio in good weather, customers bring their dogs and have a blast.
«I’ve had some interest from musicians on Facebook, which is encouraging. It’s my intention to have a very local, casual and welcoming atmosphere for folks to relax and enjoy being together,» she continued. «I am really looking forward to introducing our very affordable food and drink to a new crowd and music to our existing patrons.»
Where and when:
Redbeard: On May 23 at 7 p.m.
Lewis Creek: Starting May 9 at 7 p.m.
Bricks: Tuesdays at 7 p.m.