Concourse Dance Bar Reinvents Itself as a Restaurant Featuring an Ice Room With Ice Sculptures!
Concourse Dance Bar has been closed to the public since winter in compliance with shut-down orders due to the global pandemic. During this time, Hornik and his team worked to finish up exciting additions and renovations inside the region’s top nightlife destination. In March of this year, as the pandemic was sweeping into the United States, FCM Hospitality was on the verge of debuting a brand-new 1,000 square feet ice bar unlike anything that has ever existed in Philadelphia. The plans for the ice bar were put on hold until now, when FCM Hospitality will give patrons a special preview of the space during this all-new dining experience. For Hornik, he wants to give patrons a taste of what’s to come, give people something to look forward to as the light at the end of the tunnel, and provide some much needed safe fun and relief.“Philadelphia has been able to enjoy outdoor dining and activities all Spring and Summer but it will soon be dark and cold outside,” said Hornik. “People will need safe places to go and activities to do this winter or, as we are social creatures, people will gather together in unsafe ways. While the infection rate in Philadelphia remains low, having indoor door dining is safer than the alternative – and it is important we work together as a community to come up with options that are safe and smart.”
He added, “While keeping our doors shut for the next six to twelve months would have been easier, we have an important role in the community – to provide the opportunity for some levity and safe fun during the most mentally challenging of years. If we can do our job safely, we have an obligation to our patrons, employees, disk jockeys, and vendors to be opened.”
For the reopening of Concourse, patrons will socially distance and move through three rooms of the newly reimagined 15,000 square foot space. Each patron and their guest (limit up to four people that arrive together) will be seated at tables in three rooms that are at least six feet apart. While seated, guests will be allowed to remove their masks and enjoy one course of their meal paired with one cocktail (or mocktail) from their server. Guests will be required to put on their mask before leaving their table and move to the next room. No socialization between tables will be permitted.As fully masked guests move from room to room, they are directed to a one-way line where six feet of social distance will be maintained and enforced at all times. Along the way, the guests will enjoy the new fun and whimsical decor, 90s music curated by Philadelphia’s best DJs through a concert quality sound system, and see the digital 256 dynamic colored lights that have made Concourse Dance Bar one of Philadelphia’s top nightlife destinations.
As they move between rooms, guests will pass through several new exciting features of Concourse Dance Bar – including a new infinity mirror room and the new ice bar featuring 20 Philadelphia-themed ice sculptures designed by award-winning ice sculpture Peter Slavin.
While waiting to be seated in the final room of the experience, guests will wait in “social circles” on the dance floor – with each social circle being large enough for up to four people in the same party and yet stay at least six feet away from other circles and groups.
FIRE AND ICE – AND NEW ADDITIONS
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLSFor the health and safety of all patrons, vendors and employees, Concourse Dance Bar will operate around the following set of safety and operational guidelines:
* Concourse will now operate as a restaurant that closes by 11:00pm.
* All patrons must wear a mask unless they are seated at a table which is 6-feet from any other patron.
* All patrons will be asked about possible exposure to COVID and will go through a temperature check prior to entry.
* While inside patrons will either be seated at a table or wearing a mask while moving to their next table. No socializing between groups.
* All staff will be in N95 masks and face shield, with daily temperature checks.
* Staff, including tipped employees, will be paid for any missed shifts as a result of illness or possible COVID exposure.
* All staff will receive ride-share credit for those who don’t want to take public transport.
* Free telemedicine for all employees at any FCM Hospitality property.
* All bars inside the complex will remain closed. Only table service will be offered.
* Every ticket includes food paired with a drink. Food is required as part of the experience as this is a restaurant.
* Six foot social distance rules will be strictly enforced from entering the front doors to the exit.
* Reservations and pre-payment are required.
* Only 25% capacity will be permitted – even as the city moves to 50%.
* Only 35 people will be admitted every 30 minutes.
* Concourse will now be cashless. All food and beverage are pre-purchased as part of the meal/drink package to minimize staff interaction.
* Communal activities (ball-pit, slide, & dance floor) will be closed.