New Business: Ribbon-cutting to mark re-imagined Dover club

Charles Boyer is the owner of The Boulevard Live Entertainment Restaurant in Dover. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

DOVER — The country nightspot once known as Cowboy Up has restyled itself as The Boulevard Live Entertainment Restaurant. The restaurant will host a ribbon-cutting on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. under its new moniker at the location on 1036 Lafferty Lane in Dover.

New owner Charles Boyer told this paper earlier this year that he want the location to offer “all genres” and “all types of entertainment.”

Mr. Boyer initially purchased Cowboy Up from Jimmy and Felicia Baker last September, and started transitioning the club away from what had been a popular nightly country experience.

Mr. Boyer, who is also a member of a R&B band called Unlimited, sees a chance for everybody to be able to stake a claim in The Boulevard’s success.

He is planning for a week that will eventually include live jazz music on Sunday, country music and line dancing on Tuesday, trivia Wednesday, Top 40 music Thursday, Latino nights on Friday and live bands across various genres on Saturdays.

“We’re going to be bringing in different bands from different genres and this is going to be a place for all, not just one set of people,” Mr. Boyer said.

Cowboy Up, which opened in 2012 was popular for country music and line dancing. Over the last five years, it had hosted regional country music acts and a number of community fundraisers.

The Bakers announced back in September 2017 that they were selling the venue.

Mr. Boyer noted that there was a mixed reaction to his announcement to transition the club.

“I’ve gotten a lot of backlash, but then I’ve also gotten a lot of praise and everything from the other people who say, ‘Hey, this is good because we don’t have any other place to go,’” Mr. Boyer said, “and they’re happy to see it opened up.”

Mr. Boyer remains optimistic about the change and has already hosted several jazz performances at the venue.

“This is all very new and we’re still in the process of bringing it all together but we’re excited about it,” Mr. Boyer said. “We’re just getting started.”

Now Open

Detailing by Wendell — the auto detailer will host a ribbon cutting at its location on 436 North DuPont Hwy. in Dover on March 23 at 10:45 a.m. (302) 222-8072

Closing

• Young Bean — the coffee shop on 314 Main Street in Clayton is “permanently closed” according to its Google profile. It’s Facebook account has been decommissioned and its business number is disconnected. The owner did not return a request for comment.

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