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Saturday to be the Hideaway Café’s swan song

Bill DeYoung



The Hideaway Cafe has been at 1756 Central Ave. since 2009. Photo by Bill DeYoung.

Although owner John Kelly hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a resurrection, Saturday will mark the Hideaway Café’s last day on the planet, at least for a while.

Kelly opened the combination 80-seat concert venue, recording studio and restaurant/bar in 2009. Rising rent is forcing it from its longtime location at 1756 Central.

He’s been looking for a new spot for the Hideaway since last fall – knowing that the lease would end before May 1 – with no luck thus far.

But the search will continue.

In the meantime, many veteran Hideaway performers plan to play Saturday in front of the club’s trademark red curtains, for one final marathon concert.

Ironically, it’s also the 13th anniversary of the Hideaway’s debut; Kelly is calling the event the Anniversary & Farewell Bash (“Join us for our last day ever”).

Performing, from noon to midnight Saturday, will be (among others) Boho Sideshow, Mercy McCoy, Rebekah Pulley, Gayle Trippsmith, Kirk Adams, Gypsy Wind and Ben Rogers.

“We may have a few get rid of alcohol parties in May,” Kelly said in a text Monday afternoon, “but that’s it. Still looking.”

Hideaway Café website.


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    Robert Gibson

    April 26, 2022at3:34 pm

    Sad, that’s all

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