Bowery hands off restaurant, bar service, focusing on music at Sinclair in Harvard
Management of The Sinclair has been split in two, with Josh Bhatti and Bowery Cambridge retaining control over its music acts but with food and alcohol falling under the purview of Facility Concession Services, which does the same for the Charles Playhouse in Boston under the name Spectrum.
The Sinclair opened in December 2012, after a rocky start leading to a series of delays. The 525-person concert hall with three bars and 104-seat restaurant with two additional bars was originally to open Oct. 30 at at 52 Church St., in Harvard Square.
Bowery Cambridge’s Bhatti and Facility Concession Services’ Jason Reed appeared Tuesday before the License Commission, which approved the transfer – including Spectrum assuming responsibility for an alcohol-pouring license, management of all employees making and serving food and drinks and payments on a $250,000 note due the landlord.
Bowery Cambridge is part of the Bowery Presents Boston, which includes Royale in Boston and Great Scott in Allston. It books shows at The Middle East in Central Square and other venues.
“What The Bowery has concluded is that operation of the restaurant, and the food and beverage work associated with it, is not their principle business,” said James Rafferty, the attorney presenting the business change to the commission.
The Bowery will keep booking the club, promoting the events, selling tickets and managing the employees performing those roles and providing security during shows.
Spectrum was also the concessionaire at the Emerson Colonial Theater, a venue Emerson College closed in 2015 after 117 years in operation with plans to turn it into a dining hall and performance space. After public protest, the school shifted course. Current plans are to renovate the space and reopen it next year for performances as part of Britain’s Ambassador Theater Group.