May 19, 2015
When the Ayala family opened La Mia Casa in Peterborough in October, 2012, they always had a music venue in mind. And about two years later, that dream has now become a reality with shows being booked every weekend and lots of calls coming in from bands wanting to play.
La Mia Casa is located in the Monadnock Plaza on Route 202 just south of the center of town. Run by siblings Cory and Charles Ayala and Christine Witham, along with their father Pancho, the restaurant features freshly prepared New York style pizza, along with salads, sandwiches and fried appetizers. I had a chance to visit with Christine and Charles to talk about the restaurant and the new venue.
The adjacent Wreck Room, a play on the translation of La Mia Casa, which means My House, is the length of the restaurant. It has a small bar and is designed for a concert setting with enough room for 225+ people. “I’m a big music fan,” explained Charles. “And we wanted a place to hang out. I can’t get out to see music so we thought we would bring music here.”
Planning was thoughtful and began with talking to people involved in the music scene – performers, promoters, fans – and customers to get their input. “We thought the area could support another music venue,” said Charles, “and this is a perfect location. We’re in a strip mall and most of the walls are brick so we don’t have to worry about neighbors. The bar is open until 1:00 and we can keep the music going until everyone leaves.”
The Wreck Room’s official opening was in November 2014, although before then several bands performed in the restaurant itself or while the venue was undergoing final renovations. The first band to play in the Wreck Room was Don’t Cross the Streams, a band from Sunapee. The Wreck Room has hosted blues, rock and metal acts from around New England and now has shows booked every weekend through September. “Bands have been calling us to play since we started posting the construction of the Wreck Room on our Facebook page,” he said. “There are lots of bands from Massachusetts looking for places to play. We have had bands as far as Pennsylvania contact us.”
Charles has begun bringing in music during the week. On Thursday evenings there is an open blues jam – Soul Repair – hosted by Mickey Maguire that goes from 7:00 – 11:00 PM. Wednesdays is Reggae Night. The room is equipped with a pool table when not hosting a band, as well as a large screen TV. It is available for community meetings, watching sporting events, and private parties. “Everything but the bar and the television can be moved out,” explained Charles.
It is exciting to see a new addition to the thriving music scene in our region. Come see a show soon, and welcome this new venue. With a variety of musical offerings, there is sure to be a performance to pique your interest. For more information about The Wreck Room, visit their Facebook page.