The Sinclair delays opening in Harvard Square, moves shows through Nov. 12
The Sinclair, due to open Tuesday in Harvard Square as a 525-person club and a 104-seat restaurant, is moving its events scheduled through Nov. 12 to other club venues, it announced Friday afternoon — less than a week before its inaugural, sold-out show with The Meter Men.
“We are very sorry to report that due to unexpected construction delays, The Sinclair will not open Oct. 30 as we had anticipated,” management said in a post on Facebook and the club website. “It is with great disappointment that we have to move or reschedule … artist performances.”
A visit to the 52 Church St. site of The Sinclair early this week did show ongoing construction, without even a sign posted declaring what the address held, but there are other hints the opening schedule was a bit aggressive: There remains no word of what the Sinclair menu will hold at a yet-to-be-named restaurant led by Michael Schlow; and the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission has confirmed there is still no liquor license for the site’s two bars.
On the club’s Facebook page, one user responded to news of the construction delay with the quip: “You guys building a liquor permit?”
Seven events are moving to Royale, the Boston nightclub with bookings by The Bowery Presents, parent company of The Sinclair. They include The Meter Men show, with the move meaning more tickets can be sold. Royale, at 279 Tremont St., Boston, has a 775-person capacity.
Two events are moving to T.T. the Bear’s, in Cambridge’s Central Square. The club, at 10 Brookline St., can hold 275 people.
“We look forward to welcoming The Dirty Guv’nahs as our first artist on Wednesday, Nov. 14,” Sinclair managers wrote.
Questions last month and Tuesday were directed toward Nicole Kanner, of the All Heart PR agency, but Kanner did not return calls. Josh Bhatti, of Bowery Boston, did speak with the Boston Phoenix on Friday, saying, “We could have cut corners and gotten it done, but once it’s finished, that’s the product. We don’t want to sacrifice the quality of the venue, so we had to move a couple of shows.”
This post was updated Jan. 8, 2013, to correct that Royale is not owned by the Bowery companies.