People passing by the Arcada Theater building in downtown St. Charles in the coming weeks will not only be able to hear live music, but also dine at the venue’s two new restaurants and stay overnight at The Arcadian Suites.
Or they could dance the night away at Studio 64, a new club in the Arcada Theater building.
The upgrades are part of a major renovation project nearing completion at the building that houses the historic theater and its sister operation, Club Arcada.
The two new restaurants – Rock ‘N Za and Rock ‘N Ravioli – are expected to open in the coming weeks.
“Rock ‘N Ravioli will open in the next six to eight weeks and Rock ‘N Za will open in the next two weeks,” said Ron Onesti, president and founder of Onesti Entertainment, which operates the Arcada Theater and Club Arcada with the other companies.
The Rock ‘N Za restaurant will sell dishes such as wood-fired pizzas, salads and Chicago-style hot dogs, while Rock ‘N Ravioli will offer some of Onesti’s homemade recipes, including Vesuvius ravioli at the chicken and braised beef ravioli.
As Onesti noted, Studio 64 is a reference to the old New York nightclub. It is located in the space that previously served as the building’s VIP lounge.
“Since we’re on Route 64, we call it Studio 64,” he said. “It will probably open as a dance club in the next four weeks. We are having special events there right now.
He thinks the dance club will be popular.
“I think St. Charles and the area could use that,” Onesti said. “People like to dance. We’re just expanding the dance aspect.
The Arcadian Suites will contain 11 suites. Each suite will have a musical theme.
“It’s my increased commitment to delivering unique experiences,” Onesti said.
He had hoped that the renovation project would have been completed a few months ago. But supply chain issues and labor shortages have delayed the project’s completion.
“It was a challenge,” Onesti said. “We struggled to get the materials to complete the projects. We also had labor issues – finding people to be waiters, busboys and dishwashers. Hopefully in the next 120 days all restaurants and hotel will be open.
The Arcade Theater and Club Arcada were able to reopen last year after being closed for more than a year due to the pandemic. He noted that people are even more excited these days to hear live music.
“People who come to shows are enjoying live music like never before,” Onesti said. “People are more emotional and passionate about live music than ever before.”
The historic building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, first opened in 1926 and has attracted artists such as George Burns and Gracie Allen.