Two of Ithaca’s veteran bar owners have teamed up on a new venture that will bring a regular live music venue back to the Ithaca Commons for the first time in a long time. The Range opens tonight upstairs at 119 East State Street.
The Range, owned by Andrew Schreck of the Westy and Tommy Grozier of the Ithaca Sports Club, is a western saloon-themed bar above Trader K’s in the former spot occupied by the Second Floor Bar. The decor will be completed tonight when artists Efren Rebugio and KAZILLA paint an old-west wall mural while customers enjoy their drinks.
The bar, managed by Mike Brindisi, features a baker’s dozen beers on tap and a couple dozen more in cans and bottles, and a wide selection of spirits to meet your shot or cocktail desires. They’ve been operating this week as a “soft opening,” and everything’s been going smoothly, with customers finding them, says Mike. “People see the lights on and they come upstairs.”
A new stage in the corner, complete with brand new sound system, will support a weekly schedule of live music, two or three nights a week, which will begin in September.