Out of nowhere this morning we’re gathering that Preservation Hall West is set to host its first music events on October 4, 5, and 6, and therefore the renovation of the former New College complex at 777 Valencia needs to go at breakneck speed. Uptown Almanac got a peek inside the chapel which will serve as the music venue, and as we reported two years back À Côté owner Jack Knowles has a restaurant and adjacent café planned as well, called The Chapel Restaurant and Second Line Café.
Knowles has been hard to track down when it comes to updates on the project, but clearly things are progressing quickly. The music event listings are here, and as you can see they’ve got the Preservation Hall Jazz Band flying in from New Orleans to do an opening show on October 4, followed by Allison Moorer and Steve Earle the next night, and Elvis Costello playing with the band for a benefit concert on October 6.
The New Orleans-themed restaurant, when it opens, will be a big one, with about 160 seats, and the ancillary café will have another 25 seats as well as a 50-seat patio.
We’ll update you as we learn more, but last we knew the restaurant was aiming to make it open by the end of the year.
Preservation Jazz Hall is Looking Good! (But Has a Long Way to Go…) [Uptown Almanac]
Earlier: Menu Items and New Details from the Chapel Restaurant and Preservation Hall West
Mission Blow-Up: Central Kitchen to Open Thursday; West of Pecos Delayed Until Next Week