SUPPORT THIS INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM
The article you’re about to read is from our reporters doing their important work — investigating, researching, and writing their stories. We want to provide informative and inspirational stories that connect you to the people, issues and opportunities within our community. Journalism requires lots of resources. Today, our business model has been interrupted by the pandemic; the vast majority of our advertisers’ businesses have been impacted. That’s why The Capistrano Dispatch is now turning to you for financial support. Learn more about our new Insider’s program here. Thank you.
While they may be broadcasting online livestream concerts for people to watch from home, The Coach House has still not opened its doors for in-person music shows during the COVID-19 health crisis.
State guidelines currently prohibit concert venues from being open. Gary Folgner, owner of The Coach House, said they’re ready to get back up and running when it’s safe and permissible to do so.
“It’s very weird,” Folgner said of the now-empty space. “To not be doing this is crazy. I’ve done this for 30-some years.”
Previously scheduled concerts have been canceled. Before the pandemic hit, notable names graced the stage of the San Juan Capistrano entertainment spot, including punk band X and Pat Boone.
“I get calls asking, ‘When are you going to open?’ ” Folgner said.
Folgner said safety is foremost when considering reopening.
“The last thing I want to do is cause anyone to die,” Folgner said. “Until a cure comes for this, we’ll pretty much be closed.”