See Ben Krieger's post over at OJ for a new wrinkle on what's up at Sidewalk. http://www.olivejuicemusic.com/forum/2011/03/11/1112.
While Ben still feels that the music scene in the back room will continue, these latest developments seem to open the possibility that anything could happen. Of concern is that all the members of the Sidewalk service staff have lost their jobs.
I hope that the back room in fact does continue as the home of the scene that this blog documents. In the best case scenario the restaurant will reopen with a nicely renovated and more comfortable space for the performers and audience. However, it is interesting to conjecture what might happen if that doesn't turn out to be the case. The scene on which so many of us thrive is not inherently dependent on its venue, but for it to continue in approximately the same manner things would have to fall into place the right way. It will be interesting to see how things build at A Gathering of Tribes.
It is, by the way, easy to imagine the Sidewalk space being turned over to other purposes. I'm sure that someone could come along who feels that the value of the real estate could be maximized through other means. Again, I really hope this doesn't happen, but we've seen numerous cherished places close in recent years and anything is certainly possible.