Daryl Hall adds restaurateur to resume

Last year, Daryl Hall, 69, had it all: an adventurous solo career (he’s preparing to record his eighth album); a slew of monster hits as one half of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted duo with John Oates (still touring after 45 years together; they play Berkeley this weekend); and two concurrent reality shows — “Live From Daryl’s House” (which features musical guest stars, trading songs and stories) and “Daryl’s Restoration Over-Hull,” in which he painstakingly re-tools centuries-old estates.

The only thing missing, it seemed, was his very own venue. No longer, now that he’s running Daryl’s House Restaurant and Live Music Club.

The Pawling, N.Y. nightspot – once known as The Town Crier – re-opened last Halloween, after Hall retrofitted it with an antique 18th-century look.

“I moved the walls around, put up colonial stuff, new beams and featherboarding, with sconces and chandeliers, and then I put a patina on the walls that made it look like it was there for 150, maybe 200 years,” he says. “I’ve completely renovated it to look like my actual house, because that’s the kind of building I prefer, from the late-1700s. So now we have a fantastic restaurant and club.”

Hall says the proprietor idea struck him when he was selling his old “Live” digs and seeking a new – but appropriately retro-looking – location.

“Also, so many people said, ‘Can’t we come to the house and watch, like flies on the wall?’” he says. “And I thought to myself, ‘Why not recreate the TV show experience and let people be able to come down, eat, drink and see a version of it? And not only with me, but with other bands?’ So I knew about The Town Crier, and I sort of helped it along in its closing; it was a very smooth transition.”

In 2007, the host launched his “Live” webcast as a casual get-together for himself and other like-minded musicians. But it turned into such a convivial party atmosphere that cooking with guest chefs began to be featured.

To that end, he has carefully crafted his establishment’s menu, highlighting personal favorites and family recipes. “No, there’s no Maneater burger – nothing so kitsch as that,” he says, laughing.

He also can sometimes be found tending bar, or jumping onstage to join a surprised newcomer act: “I mean, hey, it’s my place, man!” he says.

That feeling of power cuts more than one way, though. He says, “It’s really something to have this big neon sign with your own name on it. But with that comes responsibility. Because if somebody has a bad meal there, whose name is on the door? And we live in the Internet Yelp world now….”


Daryl Hall and John Oates
Where: Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley
When: 8 p.m. Aug. 29
Tickets: $39.50 to $69.50
Contact: (510) 548-3010, www.ticketmaster.com

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