Phil Lesh is opening a restaurant / concert venue in San Rafael, CA

The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh is finally moving forward on plans to open Terrapin Crossroads, a restaurant / concert venue slated to open next month in San Rafael, CA’s Canal District. The venue’s new website outlines the philosophical backbone supporting the establishment:

As we got deeper into it, it morphed into something more comprehensive: a community cultural and educational center. We plan to celebrate the arts – music, culinary, poetry, dance, literature, visual arts including photography, theatre, and other creative endeavors – so aside from a performance space and restaurant, Terrapin Crossroads will also host art exhibits, have an art-and-music-themed library and reading room, memorabilia displays, and a beautiful, comfortable place where friends can meet to exchange ideas over a glass of wine or a drink, a terrific meal, and of course hear some great music.

We’ll also be a place for teaching and learning: in addition to regular musical performances, we will offer curated conversations with celebrated visionaries, luminaries, characters, and eccentrics, discussing topics ranging from cosmology to history to environmental issues to building team spirit and beyond.

The concert hall, named the Grate Room, is set to open in March for performances before closing for remodels in late 2012 and celebrating a Grand Re-opening in early 2013. The Dining Room should open next month.

Phil Lesh will play a handful of shows in Spring 2012, including several appearances in New York. All shows in Colordao are with Phil Lesh & Friends; the rest are with Furthur (which also includes former Grateful Dead bandmate Bob Weir). Here’s his current tour schedule (find tickets):

2/16 – 1st BANK Center – Broomfield, CO
2/17 – 1st BANK Center – Broomfield, CO
2/18 – 1st BANK Center – Broomfield, CO
4/5 – Citi Performing Arts Center – Boston, MA
4/6 – Citi Performing Arts Center – Boston, MA
4/7 – Oakdale Theatre – Wallingford, CT
4/9 – Beacon Theater – New York, NY
4/10 – Beacon Theater – New York, NY
4/12 – Beacon Theater – New York, NY
4/13 – Beacon Theater – New York, NY
4/14 – Beacon Theater – New York, NY
4/15 – Beacon Theater – New York, NY
4/17 – Beacon Theater – New York, NY
4/18 – Beacon Theater – New York, NY