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The former Studio 54 nightclub in New York City is known for being a celebrity hotspot, where anyone from Diana Ross to Andy Warhol could be seen any night.
The new Studio 64 in the Arcada Theater building in downtown St. Charles is trying to carve out its own story. Studio 64 is located in the space that previously served as the VIP lounge of the Arcada Theater building.
“Since we’re on Route 64, we named it Studio 64,” said Ron Onesti, president and founder of Onesti Entertainment, which operates the Arcada Theater and Club Arcada. “As soon as you walk in you think you’re in the 1930s, because this was the first speak-easy here at the Arcada theater in the 30s, and when you walk through the room it turns into a 70s disco. “
In addition to being a dance club, Studio 64 hosts comedy nights and other events. Onesti said it seems to be well received.
“People love it,” Onesti said. “Everyone who sees the room loves the room. It’s another fun place here in the Arcada building.”
Studio 64 is part of a major renovation of the building that houses the historic theater and its sister operation, Club Arcada. Two new restaurants – Rock ‘N Za and Rock ‘N Ravioli – are expected to open in the coming weeks.
The Rock ‘N Za restaurant will sell wood-fired pizzas, salads and Chicago-style hot dogs.
“Rock ‘N Za is open for the most part,” Onesti said. “We’re waiting for drawings for our permit. It’s literally week to week with this one. It’s only open during shows right now. As soon as we get the pizza thing, we’ll be open every days.”
Rock ‘N Ravioli will feature some of Onesti’s signature recipes, including Vesuvio Chicken Ravioli and Braised Beef Ravioli. In addition to the two new restaurants, a set of hotel suites are also set to open in the Arcada Theater building in the coming weeks.
The Arcadian Suites will contain 11 suites, each with a musical theme.
Supply chain issues hampered the completion of the renovation project.
“I waited 18 months for a tip,” Onesti said.
The Arcada Theater and Club Arcada were able to reopen last year after being closed for more than a year due to the pandemic. Onesti said people are even more excited these days to hear live music.
“People are actually emotional,” he said. “When they come here and see all the new renovations, they get excited, and then they hear the music and they get emotional. And people come in early and they don’t want to leave because it’s such an experience.”
The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, opened in 1926 and attracted artists such as George Burns and Gracie Allen.