World famous music club Ronnie Scott’s returns to Chester restaurant ‘making music history’

Performers from the legendary London music club Ronnie Scott’s returned to Opera Grill on Thursday for a spectacular opening night.

The exclusive evening at the award-winning Pepper Street restaurant was the first in the club’s eight-week residency at the restaurant.

Ronnie Scott’s opened in London more than half a century ago and has hosted some of the world’s greatest performers including Chaka Khan, Prince, Van Morrison and George Benson.

Performing on Thursday at Opera Grill were Gill Manly and The Simon Wallace Trio, supported by Aydenne Simone and The Liam Stevens Quartet.

Commenting on the Grade II listed building, a former Methodist chapel, singer Gill said: “It’s great to be at a venue with so much wonderful history and now we’re making music history here.”

There was also be a special jazz dining menu on the night.

Opera Grill won the Best Newcomer title at the 21st annual Cheshire Life Food and Drink Awards, an award given to the venue that has made the greatest impact on the local community and has helped to promote Cheshire food and drink to a new audience.

The restaurant, with its opulent neoclassical Greek façade and glamorous roof terrace, is rapidly becoming known as one of the most upmarket dining and live music venues in the northwest, with performers including ‘the People’s Tenor’, Russell Watson and the award-winning opera singer Jonathan Antoine as well as covers band the Collective and the restaurant’s Gospel Choir, providing live music every weekend.

Jason Herd, Head of Music at Individual Restaurants, said: “Ronnie Scott’s is an institution in the UK and is usually something people go to London for especially so we are so excited to bring it to Chester.”

Alex LoSardo from Ronnie Scott’s said: “Having been a guest at Opera Grill in Chester and having witnessed how professional an operation it is as well as how good the room sounds, it seemed like a no-brainer to partner with this classy establishment. We are excited to be there.”

Ronnie Scott’s Live at Opera Grill will take place from 6pm until late every Thursday until November 2.

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