After six weeks of construction delays led to canceled, rescheduled, or rerouted concerts, the Harvard Square live music club and restaurant The Sinclair is finally set to open its doors tonight.
In September, the New York-based The Bowery Presents announced it would be developing a 525-capacity concert venue and 104-seat restaurant near the site of the former AMC Loews movie theater on Church Street, which closed in July. Michael Schlow, the chef behind local establishments Radius and Happy's Bar + Kitchen, was brought in as a consultant on the built-in restaurant.
However, the club wasn't fully ready for its first scheduled concert on Oct. 30 and The Bowery Presents pushed the opening to Nov. 14. That deadline was also missed, as a series of further delays led to the owners subsequently canceling or moving shows up through last night's performance by Jason Isbell & the 410 Unit at Royale, which was initially scheduled for Dec. 6 at The Sinclair. In total, the venue rerouted 17 performances to other clubs around Boston, rescheduled four more shows, and outright canceled three, according to Nicole Kanner, a spokeswoman for The Bowery Presents. The hold-up spurred the creation of a mocking Tumblr account, The Sinclair Is Not Open.
Even as the public gets its first peek at the place, tonight's opening performance by alternative rockers Concrete Blonde will merely be a taste of the club's facilities. The restaurant's bar will be open, though a full menu won't be available until what the staff hopes is later this month, Kanner said. The venue will not be open on days when shows aren't scheduled through December, she also said.
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