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By Shawn Raymundo
Casino San Clemente is bringing back live music events—with strict social distancing modifications—by launching a new Saturday-night series this weekend called “Dinner Under the Stars.”
“We are ‘testing’ two ‘Dinner Under the Stars’ evenings on our historic ocean-view Patio of the Stars,” Casino owner and operator Linda Sadeghi told San Clemente Times in an email on Friday, Aug. 7. “We put out the invite Thursday (Aug. 6), and we are sold out for Aug. 15.”
By Monday, Aug. 10, the second “test” night on Aug. 22 had also been sold out. Sadeghi stressed that there will be more opportunities for guests to attend in September, when she plans to move the Saturday Dinners to the Casino’s larger outdoor space, the Rock Garden, where more guests can be accommodated.
“With this ‘test’ already being a resounding success, we are quickly picking menus and dates to continue on for the duration of our City permit,” which is at the end of September, Sadeghi explained.
During the first night this Saturday, patrons will be treated to music from Kelly Rae Acoustic Trio, while the Paul Seaforth Jazz Trio is scheduled to play at the Aug. 22 dinner event. Sadeghi said the Casino intends to branch out with other musical genres for the September dinners, including country music, which will be paired with a barbecue dinner on Sept. 5.
Admission for the September Dinners will be $30 a person, according to Sadeghi.
Sadeghi noted that the Casino is limiting the number of guests to only 30% of the legal capacity, “so social distancing is exceeded.” The Casino will also have hands-free temperature readings at the door, before guests are allowed entry, and will also provide hand sanitizer.
Guests, while booking their seats, are also asked to preorder their entrees and wine choices to limit contact with staff and others, Sadeghi said.
“I am in the ‘high risk’ category myself, so we are certainly taking extra care,” she wrote.
On Monday, Sadeghi said the city approved the Casino’s plan to also launch an outdoor movie night in the Rock Garden every Friday, beginning in September. She said, she’s still figuring out the appropriate dinner to pair with the movies, though leaning toward pizza.
To learn more about the Dinner Under the Stars events and book seats, head to thecasinosanclemente.com.
Shawn Raymundo is the city editor for the San Clemente Times. He graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies. Before joining Picket Fence Media, he worked as the government accountability reporter for the Pacific Daily News in the U.S. territory of Guam. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnzyTsunami and follow San Clemente Times @SCTimesNews.