Water Street Music Hall set for a comeback Water Street Music Hall set for a comeback
There are big plans in store for the Water Street Music Hall. Many of you remember the spacious venue in the Saint Paul Quarter... Water Street Music Hall set for a comeback

There are big plans in store for the Water Street Music Hall.

Many of you remember the spacious venue in the Saint Paul Quarter of Downtown Rochester as a popular spot for live music. The venue can hold more than 800 people.

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Peter Sewell has owned the music hall since 1991. He moved to the west coast, but now he’s back in the city.

“I’ve come back to Rochester to resurrect Water Street and bring it back to what it was in its heyday,” Sewell said. “The last few changes have been a little bit of a rough patch.”

The music stopped back in 2016 when the city denied the venue an entertainment license because of several crime related incidents. The venue reopened as Funk’n Waffles in 2017, only to close down the next year. Now Sewell plans to refocus on quality acts drawing hundreds of people.

“We’ve had over 300 sell out shows,” Sewell said. “All the bands you see at the armory and the dome and at the arena…they’ve all played at Water Street first.”

To make this happen, Sewell says there are renovations and additions happening inside and outside the hall.

“Most recently building our full service jazzy supper club restaurant,” Sewell said. “We’ll have Jack’s on the club side and Water Street 2020 the hall side.”

Sewell says these changes will be a big boost for business downtown.

“You better watch out for the Saint Paul Quarter because the people that live here we have Pane Vino, Dan Morgansten up on Saint Paul, we have Tapas,” Sewell said.

Sewell plans to reopen by the fall of this year.

— WHEC

Christopher Dupree

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