Towne Crier Cafe Reopens in Beacon in 2013

Home coming: Towne Crier Cafe finally finds a new home

In our March 2012 issue, we bemoaned the fact that the Towne Crier Cafe in Pawling — an intimate live music venue that has been hosting top acts for four decades — had lost its lease and was in danger of closing. We’re now happy to report that, after a year of searching, cafe owner Phil Ciganer has found a new home in Beacon.

Renovations are underway on a former industrial building on Main Street that will become the Towne Crier’s fourth home. The new digs offer more seating space and a flexible floor plan, making it easier to accommodate larger acts. The sound system and lighting are state-of-the-art, and even the menu is getting a makeover. “It’s going to be the kind of restaurant people will want to visit even when the stage is quiet,” promises Ciganer.

The new location is expected to open by late spring or early summer. In the meantime, the Pawling spot continues to host musicians five nights a week. For more info, visit

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