Herald JournalHerald Journal, Sept. 15, 2003

Blue Note adds recreation to its menu

By Julie Yurek

Blue Note of Winsted was transformed the past two weeks.

The establishment, which offers a bar, restaurant with full menu, ballroom, and liquor store, is adding recreational features for customers.

Two pool tables, two dart boards, and three televisions are now available for entertainment in whate was formely known as the dining room of the Blue Note.

Customers will also notice a new sound system and a jukebox.

It's not a sports bar, said co-owner Jeff Campbell. "We still have a full menu with steak and seafood. Dining is still available in the bar, the pine room off of the bar area (banquet room), and also the gaming room."

"We're the same bar/restaurant as before, just with more options," he said.

Campbell and his brother, Craig, have owned the Blue Note almost eight years, since November 1995.

They have always wanted to update the building, and the timing was right, Campbell said.

Now that he has pool tables, Campbell is looking to start a pool league. Anyone who is interested in playing on a league may call Campbell at (320) 485-9698.

More to come

The remodeling is not over. The bar entrance by the men's restroom will be taken out, so the main entrance will be the dining room door.

When customers enter the main door, they can go to the left, which is the bar, go straight into either the banquet room or hallway to the ballroom, or to the right to the gaming area.

By closing the bar door, it will allow more room for tables in the bar area.

The booths in the bar will be taken out and replaced with tables, Campbell said.

Campbell also added two TVs to the bar for a total of five new tvs for the Blue Note.

Business hours are also expanding; the bar is now open Sundays.

Though Campbell will be making set hours for Sunday in the future, he opens for game time, he said. The kitchen will also be open.

New look, options for the ballroom

Campbell also remodeled the south end of the ballroom, taking out the booths, laying carpet, putting pine on the lower walls, and painting the upper walls.

A curtain was also added, which can separate the remodeled room from the rest of the ballroom for those with parties of 150 or less.

The ballroom was also repainted and the stage area was recarpeted.

The ballroom and the remodeled room have thermostats, allowing for separate climate control in each room.

The work in the ballroom was completed Memorial Day weekend.

"We didn't need to expand because the space was there. We are now able to offer choices for a variety of group sizes," he said.

Parties ranging from 50 to 500 people can rent the various rooms for their events.

There is also a hallway that connects the ballroom to the bar. The hallway comes out at the north entrance of the ballroom near the restrooms.

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