Plano House of Comedy plans to open later this year at The Shops at Legacy, 7301 Lone Star Drive, Plano.

The comedy club, which is taking over the space formerly occupied by the Blue Martini lounge, will feature a dine-in experience with drinks and standup comedy.

Renovations on the space began in early 2020 with an eye to open later that year, co-owner Rick Bronson said, but that work and the original planned opening of the club were pushed back because of the coronavirus pandemic. Bronson said Plano House of Comedy is now targeting Aug. 1 as its opening date.

“It's always been our intention to never open a club unless we can put a butt in every chair in said club,” Bronson said. “The idea of doing a grand opening to 50% capacity didn't sit well with any of us.”

When the venue opens, Bronson said he expects it will operate Tuesdays through Sundays, and it will feature a mixture of local comics and touring entertainers from around the country.

“Typically, our headliners are all touring comics—guys that you've seen on all the late-night talk shows or 'Last Comic Standing,' Comedy Central, Netflix, those types of acts,” Bronson said. “That being said, all of our clubs are huge development clubs. We work and encourage the local comics to get as much face time as possible and get onstage as frequently as they can.”

Bronson also has House of Comedy locations in Arizona, Minnesota and British Columbia in Canada as well as a The Comic Strip location in Alberta, Canada. 780-483-5999.