With 60K expected, restaurants prepare for Hamilton opening

April 18, 2019 11:18 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Next week, the highly anticipated Broadway show Hamilton will be coming to Rochester.


Beginning next Tuesday, shows will be happening at the Auditorium Theatre. Officials at the Rochester Broadway Theatre League are expecting 2,400 people at the opening show and over the course of the three-week run, they are expecting at least 60,000 people. 

Tom Polizzi, chef and owner of Polizzi's on Goodman Street, is expecting a boom in business.

"It's a big three weeks ahead, we've brought in extra staff and people who have worked for me in the past and people to cover extra shifts," Polizzi said.

Polizzi's is about a quarter of a mile away from the Auditorium Theatre on Main Street.Their location makes them an ideal spot for people heading to or leaving the show. 

"We've picked up quite a few reservations, some big parties," Polizzi said. "When there's a show at the auditorium, and this is a big show, people want to come in at a certain time."

At the Auditorium Theatre, preparations are already underway for the show.

John Parkhurst, chief operating officer at RBTL, says this show creates jobs for people and also brings business to the region.

"Our union crews come in Easter Sunday to start setting up and they will work 30-40 hours prior to Tuesday night's opening," Parkhurst said. "People will come see the show from all over. Those people are going out to restaurants, they're parking their car, they're hiring babysitters, they're going out for dessert, they're getting coffee, they're spending money in our community."

Polizzi is even changing the restaurant's hours ahead of the rush.

"We're not normally open on Sundays but we opened up for the three Sundays that there was the show to accommodate people so they have another venue to go eat," Polizzi said.

When it comes to parking, churches and nearby businesses will be charging people to park but spaces are limited. Officials at RBTL recommend taking Uber or Lyft to reduce parking stress.

There are still tickets available to the shows.

Two days before the show, a lottery will open where you can win the chance to purchase $10 tickets.


Kaci Jones

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