The Riviera Supper Club’s new owner, Jonathan Gorst, is a familiar face in Glenwood Springs. He’s the talent behind the piano, playing ragtime tunes and accompanying the cast of the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, a popular live comedy show. But Gorst has also played world stages; he was the musical director of the Broadway National Tour of Cats and Phantom of the Opera. Now, he’s expanding his repertoire, serving piano melodies alongside meals at one of Glenwood’s most iconic eateries.
For nearly 70 years, visitors have counted on the Riviera Supper Club for cooked-to-perfection steak and more recently a mind-blowing selection of wines from around the world. None of that is slated to change, though Executive Chef Travis Owen has creatively remixed the menu to include new offerings like Indian-inspired Chicken Tikka Masala, Ancho Citrus Crusted Halibut and Beef Tenderloin topped with a port cherry reduction and served with roasted cauliflower and crab puree.
The Riviera Supper Club is easy to spot with its neon sign that has graced the downtown Glenwood skyline since 1947. Back then, anyone going to a supper club for dinner would also expect musical entertainment. With that nostalgic reference in mind and his upright piano placed center front, Gorst hopes to bring back an authentic supper club experience. Diners can expect to hear an eclectic mix of familiar songs, everything from John Denver and Elton John favorites to show tunes from Phantom and Les Miserables. Gorst and other musicians play Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 7 p.m.
Gorst also plans to host special dining events with prefix menus like the one upcoming in August, a 1940s Cabaret evening that will feature popular composers of the era like George Gershwin, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and Glen Miller.
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