A mixture of excitement and some annoyance over parking marked Friday night's grand opening of Long Island's newest concert venue, the Paramount.
More than 1,500 fans came to see Elvis Costello and The Imposters at the grand-opening sold-out show. And many attendees in Huntington said they were excited to see a well-known music act in their own backyard.
"There's not a lot of local music venues. I'm excited to see what it looks like," said Billy Mulhall, 32, of Levittown, while riding a trolley from the north lot of the Huntington Long Island Rail Road station to the venue.
Local restaurant managers said there was an earlier increase in foot traffic. Mark Zecher, of Honu Kitchen & Cocktails, says larger parties booked reservations before the concert. "We think that it's a great addition to Huntington," he said. "They did a good job with design and hopefully parking will work itself out."
Local opinions over parking ran the gamut. "There's a lot of parking spots in this town, but we get a little lazy to walk a few blocks," said Barbara Fonti, 47, of Cold Spring Harbor, who found a spot shortly after 7 p.m. near the Paramount.
But Rosemary Stubbolo said it took her about 10 extra minutes to find a parking space in order to get to work at Mediterranean Snack Bar, a few doors down. "It's a circus," said Stubbolo, 44. "If they didn't have a parking solution, then they shouldn't have let it go through."
Brian Doyle, a Paramount co-owner, said "we have to educate all of our patrons" about taking the trolley. "It's going to take time."
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