A new club and restaurant is slated to open soon next to the Clyde Theater, bringing a bistro to the refurbished Quimby Village entertainment complex.
Officials with Sweetwater Sound – the local company that provided much of the cash spent on the Clyde’s recent renewal (and the driving force behind the new eatery) — say bringing a high-end restaurant and lounge next to the music venue always has been their intention.
“This has kind of been the plan all along,” said Sweetwater Vice President of Corporate Communications Heather Herron. “And as Sweetwater always does,” Herron said, “this spot will have great acoustics and top-tier sound.”
Located at 1806 Bluffton Road – just to the right of the Clyde Theater’s glass-door entrance — and dubbed the Club Room, the space will offer a full menu for brunch, lunch and dinner, as well as a complete cocktail slate and a stage for performances – mostly from local music acts — Herron said.
“It’s just going to be a great atmosphere for having dinner or drinks before or after a show (at the Clyde),” Herron said. “It’s also going to be family-friendly, and it will have that live-music-venue vibe, as well,” she said.
Sweetwater founder Chuck Surack noted that the Club Room will enhance the total experience for local music fans, as well as for folks just looking for a good meal.
“The addition of the Club Room is a way for us to add to that experience, but it’s also a place to gather with family or friends for a weeknight meal or Sunday brunch.”
The Clyde Theater opened in 1951 as one of the largest movie theaters in northeast Indiana, drawing huge audiences for years from all over Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. But the venue closed in 1994, and suffered through several years of neglect and disrepair. But with funding from Sweetwater founder Surack and wife Lisa, and additional support from other community partners and funding sources, the landmark underwent a complete renovation and re-opened as a state-of-the art music venue in May 2018.
Since then, it’s hosted more than 70 music acts like Brothers Osborne, Los Lobos, Ricky Skaggs, the Flaming Lips, and more. “The Clyde has become known as a world-class facility, both by the artists who perform there and the audiences that take in a show,” Surack said.
Herron noted that eventually, the club also hopes to bring karaoke and comedy acts to The Club Room stage, diversifying its entertainment offerings.
As for the food, the Club Room menu looks to be as diverse as it is tasty. The spot is offering everything from the “Clyde Burger” (two beef patties, bacon jam, white cheddar cheese, crispy onion hay on a brioche bun); to fish and chips; to “Clyde Wings;” to 12-inch pizzas; to soups and salads; to Korean BBQ Street Tacos; to pork tenderloin sandwiches.
The spot is currently already open for dinner Monday through Saturday. A lunch menu will debut on Monday, April 8. Sunday brunch and regular dinner hour service will begin Sunday, May 5, Herron said.
Clyde and Sweetwater officials believe they’ve assembled a team – and a location – that will compliment the booming theater’s growth.
“Our goal is simple. We want to create a warm, welcoming place where people can enjoy a wonderful meal and drinks, thoughtful, attentive service, and live entertainment,” said Clyde Executive Director Gregg Coyle.
“We’re excited that long-time local chef Brady Smith and restaurant manager Holly King have joined our team, bringing their years of experience in the hospitality industry to The Club Room. We’ve put together a tremendous staff that will provide the best experience possible for our customers.”