Elbow Room, a new comedy club, is coming to Kennewick in July.
It’ll be a familiar location for many in the Tri-Cities.
Partners Bobby Quiring and Trudi Corbett, both of Richland, have taken over the lease of the former Kennewick Jack-sons at 3320 W. Kennewick Ave., which closed April 21.
“We’re remodeling the whole building, outside and inside. People who have been to Jack-sons here will not even know they’re in the same building. We’re going the whole nine yards and turning it into an ultra club,” said Quiring.
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The decor, complete with couches, will be styled after clubs in Las Vegas, a place he visits about six times a year.
“Ultra is a term I’ve learned there. It means a very nice club, just shrunk,” he said. The club will seat 150 people for a show.
The partners hadn’t planned on opening the club this summer. It’s traditionally a slow time for comedy shows. But Chuck Frenzel of Richland, who owns the building, persuaded them to accelerate their plans.
Quiring and Corbett have booked their first comedy show -- Dante, who appeared on Last Comic Standing in 2007 -- for the first weekend in July. “Dante is extremely popular. He’s the one who closes his show with impressions of the Wizard of Oz,” he said.
Those who frequent comedy clubs likely will recognize Quiring and Corbett. They met at Jokers Comedy Club in Richland where Quiring was part owner/general manager for six years before leaving in January.
The Elbow Room will serve liquor, along with beer and wine. The menu will be limited with only 10 to 15 items, but “we’re going for quality food and will seek local sources as much as possible.”
They plan to have the club open from 4 p.m. to midnight Monday-Wednesday and from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. There will be one comedy show at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with two shows at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Their website, elbowroomlive.com, will be up in a few weeks.
To watch the new business’ progress go to Facebook and search for Elbow Room.