LIMA — A bit of normalcy has returned to Lima’s downtown music scene.
From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday nights, live music has been available at Old City Prime at 215 S. Main St. in Lima.
“The public wants entertained and the public’s dying to get back life to normal. I feel it’s my way of keeping the room known for music. It’s also a way for some of the public to come out and have a little taste of life as it used to be and in a safe manner,” said John Heaphy, owner of Old City Prime.
Every Saturday night you could find local talent performing including Frank Harnishfeger, Ed Csibi, Bob Schroeder and Chuck Summers.
“I call them all Lima legends. They’re all very well known musicians. The three or four musicians that I’ve rotated in on the weekends are very appreciative because they’ve had no work (due to COVID-19) and it’s really helped keep Old City Prime alive because there’s much more demand on the weekends than seating that I had left in the dining room,” Heaphy said.
“It’s nice Mr. Heaphy has given us this opportunity,” Harnishfeger said.
“I think it’s pretty nice for Old City Prime to open it up like this,” said Summers. “It just gives people something to do. Everybody’s locked in their houses. But this gives people a chance to get out and get some entertainment, good food and just have a nice time.”
Heaphy says they had to make some changes to make this happen safely.
“The Upper Lounge has basically been a music venue for eight years and with the Coronavirus and the restrictions, we have, we had restricted seating downstairs, so we lost the seating. Upstairs I would typically have 110 or 120 people on a music night,” Heaphy said.
They went from cocktail mode to dinner music mode where they can seat 36 to 40 people per Saturday night, accounting for social distancing.
“It’s not really a nightclub scene, it’s more of a dining supper club scene and everybody’s distanced.
It costs $40 a seat and all of the money goes toward your food and beverages.
“You need to make reservations through the website, oldcityprime.com. Just click on the City Prime Live icon for more information.
Heaphy says the event has been popular, selling out just about every Saturday night.
He hopes to continue doing this through April and he’s hoping by October he can bring back full bands.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.