One of the most highly anticipated attractions inside the Destiny USA expansion is now open. The Toby Keith I Love This Bar & Grill is located on the third floor of the expansion. Thursday evening word spread in the music community in Central New York about a performance by the band Grit 'n Grace. The band announced on its Facebook page earlier in the evening that it would be performing at the new Toby Keith restaurant.
Fran Lightenfield and his girlfriend Kelly Taylor didn't even plan their date out to the Bar and Grill tonight, they were walking around the Canyon section of the mall and noticed a lengthy line starting to form. "We basically didn't even know it was going to open. We saw the line that was starting to form. We come out for the food, the drinks and to see if there was any music playing," says Taylor. "Try out some of the new food and a couple of cocktails (and) check out some of the band that's here," says Lightenfield.
Barry Birks is the General Manager for Toby Keith's USA. "Syracuse is a great country market. We were excited about coming in and being part of the community, being part of this development. Destiny USA is beautiful. It's a diamond in the middle of Central New York," says Birks.
The booking calendar for the restaurant indicates bands including Grand Central, Jason Wicks Band, The Custom Taylor Band and Silent Fury have been booked through the end of March. There are no national acts on the roster so far.