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New patio takes off
The Flight Deck at Fiorentino’s features live music and nightly specials
Christina Havrilla decided to call her band Gypsy Fuzz as part of her reinvention after moving to Portland from Philadelphia a few years ago.
“I’m always traveling,” she says of her life as a musician. The word “gypsy” represents the journey. “Fuzz” describes her electric sound and the static of every day, and the idea of having no direction. This band, as the name suggests, has embarked on an “unknown journey.”
On July 17 Havrilla’s journey lead her to the newly opened outdoor attraction at Fiorentino’s. As the sun set over the airport runway behind The Flight Deck bar and patio, Lititz patrons were greeted with the scent of fresh Italian meals and the sounds of a pared down Gypsy Fuzz (Havrilla and one other band member).
Havrilla has been performing since 1999. She is inspired by any music that moves her. “If it’s a good song, it’s a good song,” she said. More specifically, she likes U2, Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow, Led Zeppelin, Carol King and Pink. To name a few.
Her latest endeavor is recording live performance. She recently completed the Creamery Sessions, which is volume I, and is now working on the Sunset Sessions, Volume II. This album was recorded with a live audience at Morningstar Studios in Norristown. Her favorite songs to play right now are “Hole in the ground” and “Hail.”
Previously based out of Portland, she returned to Philadelphia last year. “My family is here, my band is here,” she said. “It was time to come home.”
She has gigs booked every week this summer, and last week was her only scheduled performance at The Flight Deck (so far).
The Flight Deck officially opened at Fiorentino’s July 14 and seats over 100 people. It is owned by Rose and Rob Billas, who started working on the patio in March. The renovations include a fire pit and an outdoor bar. There is a gathering area with orange and yellow shade sails. On July 17 (a Thursday night), the place was packed, so the word is out.
The Billases are pleased with the turnout in their opening week, and they’ve gotten plenty of compliments. While they had outdoor seating prior to the renovation, the change in atmosphere is reinvigorating.
The setting is relaxed with lights strung along the fence, low and high top tables, a canopy covered bar and a stunning view of the runway at the Lancaster Airport. Next to the fire pit, there is a place designated for live music. Thursday was a warm night, so the fire pit was not lit, but when in use it will add another layer of charm.
The Flight Deck accommodates a diverse crowd, with older and younger people. The restaurant offers different specials seven nights a week, and there are rotating craft beers on tap.
The same food specials are available inside and outside, and the hours have been expanded to midnight during the week and 1 a.m. on the weekends. The deck is adaptable for three seasons, and will have sides that come down as well as outdoor heaters for fall. July 17 was the final Thursday featuring live music, but entertainment will continue on Saturday nights. Another element that makes The Flight Deck ideal for live music is the lack of a noise ordinance at the airport.
Just as one Havrilla’s songs ended, an airplane started down the runway, the loud engine cutting into the chatter that echoed off the patio. Havrilla promised to play a “sing-a-long” next. After a few minutes of switching guitars, she started with the famous John Denver song, “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” As she strummed the familiar chords she said, “I had it to play it here, come on!”
Specials run Monday through Thursday after 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday specials are all day.
• Monday: $2.50 Lite pints, $5 roni pizza
• Tuesday: $2.50 larger pints, $6 wings
• Wednesday: $5 L.I.Ts, $5 pasta menu
• Thursday: $4 Captain and Coke, $5 cheese pizza
• Friday: $5 orange crush
• Saturday: $5 cosmos
• Sunday: $4 margaritas, $5 burgers
Lenay Ruhl is a freelance entertainment reporter for the Record Express. A 2007 graduate of Warwick, she completed her journalism degree at the University of South Florida- St. Petersburg. In May of 2014 she left Florida to travel for six weeks on a cross-country road trip, completing her journey in her hometown of Lititz. She welcomes your comments at Lenay.Ruhl@gmail.com.