FARMINGTON — The Three Rivers Eatery & Brewhouse is introducing a new downtown nightlife option Saturday with its "Dance Night" in the restaurant's banquet hall.

"Everyone always says there's nothing to do in Farmington, so we wanted to encourage people to come downtown and enjoy a nice atmosphere, where they can dance and mingle," said Kelly Foss, the restaurant's banquet coordinator. "We're just going to see how this one works, and if it goes well, we plan on having more of them."

Saturday's dance night will feature disc jockey CoDiP, who will play popular dance music to get people up on their feet.

"There won't be any heavy hip-hop," said Foss. "For future dance nights, we'd like to pull in different bands and feature different types of music, like classic rock and country."

Kelly Foss straightens up the bar,  Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at the Three Rivers Banquet Hall in Farmington.
Kelly Foss straightens up the bar, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at the Three Rivers Banquet Hall in Farmington. (Jon Austria/ The Daily Times)

While many restaurants are struggling to keep up their customer base, Foss said the decision to initiate dance nights was not geared at bringing in more business, but was rather an attempt to get more people used to coming downtown to have fun.

"We're actually doing really well right now," he said. "Thankfully, people still need to eat and drink."

There is no cover charge for the event, and customers can order drinks and food from the Three Rivers Pizzeria and main restaurant.

Long-time Three Rivers patron Leah Thomas plans to attend tonight's event, which falls on her 34th birthday weekend.

"We usually go to Durango to dance, so I'm all about this," she said. "I'm a huge fan of Three Rivers because it has such a great atmosphere, so I'm really excited about it."

Twenty-six year old Judy Goodwin plans to attend with a few of her friends.

"This will make it a one-stop (event)," she said. "You can go eat, get your drinks, and then not have to leave and go somewhere else to dance."

Foss said Three Rivers will also be offering a romantic six-course sweetheart dinner on Valentine's Day in the banquet hall.

"It will be a very intimate setting, with candles, flowers and linen on the tables," he said.

Kelly Foss opens the drapes, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at the Three Rivers Banquet Hall in Farmington.
Kelly Foss opens the drapes, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at the Three Rivers Banquet Hall in Farmington. (Jon Austria / The Daily Times)

Each course will be accompanied by champagne or beer, with wine available for separate order. The dinner follows a French theme, with non-main courses like butternut squash ravioli in a duck consume, black sesame ahi skewers with an avocado mousse, and endive with soy ginger vinaigrette. Diners will have a choice of two entrees: Boeuf Wellington with pommes dauphinoise, or pan-roasted seabass with a crimini mushroom risotto cake. The meal will be topped-off with a chocolate-strawberry fruit tartlet for dessert.

"This event will progress at a much slower pace than our Mardi Gras event (last February), and we'll have romantic music," said Foss.

IF YOU GO

What: Three Rivers Dance Night

When: 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday

Where: Three Rivers Banquet Hall, 111 E. Main Street, Farmington

Cost: no cover charge; food and drinks are available for purchase



What: Valentine's Day Sweetheart Dinner

When: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner begins at 7 p.m., February 14

Where: Three Rivers Banquet Hall, 111 E. Main Street, Farmington

Tickets: $70 per couple, $35 for individuals. Tickets must be purchased by February 12 at the main restaurant bar

More info: Call Three Rivers at 505-324-2187

Leigh Black Irvin covers health for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4610 and lirvin@daily-times.com Follow her @irvindailytimes on Twitter.